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What Is the Fastest Way to Recover From Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Image of a smiling woman eating yogurt after her oral surgery. Whether you went through oral and maxillofacial surgery to have an impacted wisdom tooth extracted, an implant placed, or the symptoms of TMJ minimized, speedy recovery calls for intentional care post-surgery. Failure to adhere to a set of guidelines by your dental surgeon could cause complications and delay healing. Read on for the fastest way to recover from oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Adhere to Your Prescription


After surgery, you will likely get an antibiotic prescription to prevent infection in the surgical area and anti-inflammatory drugs to facilitate recovery. Follow the medication guidelines for faster recovery and comfort throughout this period.

Follow Your Dietary Guidelines


Your nutritional needs will increase post-surgery as your body needs nutrients to facilitate faster wound healing. Avoid scorching hot drinks and foods. Also, stick to soft foods, rich in nutrients, for the first few days to promote recovery. Refrain from hard foods as those can damage your surgical site.

Apply Cold Therapy


Immediately after surgery, you may experience some bleeding, which is manageable with gauze. This gauze improves blood clotting and promotes healing. When the bleeding stops, apply cold therapy through an ice pack in a towel on the affected area for about 30 minutes to control pain and inflammation.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene


While you should avoid the surgical area for several hours after surgery, start proper hygiene using a post-surgical or soft bristle toothbrush the following day. Be gentle in brushing, as excessive brushing will cause bleeding or pull out the stitches.

Get Enough Rest


Like any other surgery, your body must recover after jaw surgery to facilitate faster healing. Get as much rest as possible and avoid heavy activities up to 48 hours after the procedure.

Jaw surgery requires lifestyle modifications for quick recovery, and with the above guidelines, you can rest assured of a smooth recovery period. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
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