If you are getting ready to undergo oral surgery, you might have concerns about what recovery will look like.
You want to take the best possible care of your teeth and gums after surgery, but you also want to get back to normal life. The recovery timeline will vary depending on the type of surgery you have, your physical health, and your age. You can expect any bleeding to stop within the first 24 hours and should feel better after the effects of sedation have worn off. Full healing might take up to two weeks.
Contact your dentist or Columbia Smiles if you’ve recently had oral surgery and have questions about your recovery. Or if you think you are in need of oral surgery.
Types of Oral Surgery
Oral surgery can include:
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Dental implants
- Tooth extractions
- Root canals
- Repairs to the jaw and teeth after an injury
These procedures might relieve pain, help restore your teeth and gums to full functionality, and fix issues before they turn into more severe problems.
Oral Surgery Recovery Timelines
With any surgery, however minor, there is a recovery period. If undergoing oral surgery, you may be administered either local or general anesthesia. It may take up to a day to recover from its effects.
First 24 Hours
Before surgery, most patients should make transportation arrangements to get home. Anyone receiving general anesthesia should not drive after surgery. During the first few hours, rest is important. Plan to stay home from school or from work, relaxing as much as possible.
Some individuals might experience bleeding after surgery. Keeping gauze on the tooth for an hour or two can help stop the bleeding. In addition, an ice pack can help with any swelling.
It’s also helpful to have soft foods, such as yogurt and applesauce, already at the house. Avoid smoking after surgery, and talk to your dentist about whether or not you should drink through a straw, as that can cause complications.
48 Hours After Surgery
Over the next couple of days, individuals who have gone through surgery might take a pain reliever. Your dentist might write you a prescription, or you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. During this time, any bleeding should have stopped, and your mouth should have begun its healing process.
During this time, if you had any stitches put in, these will likely dissolve or fall out on their own. Any bleeding should have stopped, and your mouth will begin to heal.
First Week After Surgery
During the first week after surgery, you can return to normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. If you are taking prescription pain relievers, be sure to follow any instructions about operating a vehicle or machinery. You might also take an antibiotic during this time to reduce any chance of infection. You can eat, drink, and brush your teeth normally.
Two Weeks After Surgery
At the two-week point, you might have an appointment for a follow-up with your dentist. They’ll be able to check for any problems and give you an update on how you’re healing. Even if you’re feeling fine, it’s important to keep this appointment.
Contact Columbia Smiles for Your Oral Surgery Needs
Whether you require wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, or have been advised that you need a root canal, Columbia Smiles can help. Our dental practice in Columbia, MD has provided comprehensive services to Howard County residents for over 35 years. Our team can help you understand the required procedure, recommend respected specialists, and answer any of your questions on what to expect.