After Oral Surgery

If you’ve undergone oral surgery, all of us here at the Yuba City Dentistry Group wish you a safe and speedy recovery. No doubt, your dentist has given you specific post-operative instructions to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

Here, we’ve listed some helpful reminders for your review.

What to do After Oral Surgery:

  • Remember it’s normal for the affected site to be tender and sensitive for at least a few days following your surgery. Take it easy, and lie down if necessary.
  • On the first night following surgery, make sure to keep your head elevated when sleeping to reduce swelling and bleeding.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
  • After the bleeding stops, feel free to eat soft foods including: soups, yogurts, smoothies, milkshakes, and mashed potatoes. Foods that are rich in Vitamins A and C will aid the healing process.
  • Make sure to strictly follow your doctor’s instructions regarding antibiotics and any other medications.
  • Keep your mouth clean. After the initial 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth out with a warm saltwater solution (one teaspoon of salt to a glass of water) four times a day. Make sure to rinse after eating.

What Not to do After Oral Surgery:

  • Don’t do any heavy lifting, bending over, or strenuous activity.
  • Avoid any hot food or drinks until the numbness has worn off.
  • When drinking, don’t use a straw as this could cause a blood clot to dislodge.
  • Stay away from hard or crunchy foods for at least six to eight weeks. Follow the directions of your dentist.
  • Don’t brush or floss teeth in the area of surgery until advised by your dentist.
  • Don’t smoke on the day of your surgery and try not to smoke for as long as possible. Smoking may hinder the healing process and the sucking motion can dislodge blood clots.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours following surgery.

We’re Here for You

If you feel that things aren’t progressing normally, don’t hesitate to call us and we can answer any of your questions.

Additionally, call us immediately if any of the following occur:

  • You experience excessive bleeding or swelling
  • Your pain is unbearable, even after taking pain relievers
  • Fever or a reaction to your medication

We hope these suggestions are helpful and we wish you all the best with your recovery!
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