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What are Recovery Tips After Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Office
What are Recovery Tips After Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?After oral maxillofacial surgery, the next thing is to take care of the operation site for quick recovery. There are many easy ways to reduce discomfort and prevent infection after getting new dental implants, removal of wisdom teeth, or having any other operation on your teeth and gums. However, ensuring you follow your surgeon's instructions strictly is crucial. Here are the recovery tips after oral maxillofacial surgery:

Take a Rest

It is advisable to have bedrest after the oral maxillofacial surgery to allow your body to relax. You must take a few days off from work to hasten your healing. If you want to lie down, keep your head supported by pillows to encourage healthy blood flow to your head and lessen facial and mouth swelling. Additionally, raising your head can lessen heavy bleeding after oral surgery.

Ice Your Face

After the surgery, your face may have bruises or swell, which is typical. You must apply an ice pack to your jaw for at least 30 minutes throughout the first 24 hours, take it off for 15 minutes, and repeat the process. Use one ice pack on each side of your mouth if you have surgery on both sides. Then move it over after 15 minutes of applying ice. After two to three days, the swelling ought to go down.

Consider What You Eat

After the oral maxillofacial surgery, ensure you do not consume hard foods like popcorn. Eat only cool, soft foods. Also, don't eat too cold, hot, or spicy food. After the surgery, you can consume some foods and drinks like applesauce, yoghurt, instant oatmeal, mashed, and soup.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene. Your oral surgeon will tell you to refrain from rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours after your oral surgery but will advise you to do so on the second day. Usually, your surgeon will tell you to rinse your mouth four times a day with warm salt water to eliminate any food particles, particularly after eating.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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