How can I prevent complications following oral surgery?
Most oral surgery procedures heal without incident. The mouth actually heals quite quickly, as long as you know what to do. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy faster healing and greater comfort after your oral surgery appointment in our Monroe Township dental office.
Keep the Area Clean and Be Gentle!
You will want to make sure that your surgical site stays clean, but you have to be gentle, or you could cause damage. Gently rinse the area for a few days and avoid brushing or flossing directly near your surgical site until the tissue begins to heal and swelling decreases.
Not only does smoking create suction, which can dislodge the healing tissue within a surgical site, but studies have shown that smoking can slow integration between natural bone and implants, especially when placed in the upper jaw.
Don’t Drink through a Straw
As with smoking, drinking through a straw creates suction and can lead to a painful post-extraction condition called dry socket. If you do want a milkshake or other beverage as you heal, drink it from the glass only.
Anytime you have oral surgery in our Monroe Township dental office, we will go over detailed instructions and discuss what to expect flowing your procedure. We are here to answer any questions.