The healing process is dependent on clear communication between you and our team. We will meet with you to discuss the necessary steps you should take to facilitate proper healing after your treatment.
The majority of treatments we perform are outpatient procedures, including dental implant placement and wisdom teeth extractions. You will be sent home shortly after your procedure is complete. This means that it is essential you take proper care of yourself at home to ensure your mouth can fully heal.
Following surgery, it is important to reduce any bleeding that may occur. Bleeding typically slows down within the first hour after surgery, however the treatment area may continue to bleed for several hours. To reduce bleeding, bite firmly down on a clean gauze pad. The area will require firm but gentle pressure. Once the gauze pad is soaked, you may replace It with a clean pad. Avoid making sucking of spitting motions with your mouth following surgery. This can sometimes lead to reopening the wound. We advise that patients refrain from drinking with a straw following treatment.
Most oral surgeries require you to fast prior to your treatment. This means you will likely be hungry following your procedure. Start by eating soft foods that are easy to chew. Water, juice, and milk are safe drink choices, while foods such as pudding, mashed potatoes, and ice cream are ideal food choices. Chew slowly and cautiously, especially if your mouth still feels numb following your procedure. For optimal healing, follow our team’s specific instructions regarding your post-surgery diet.
Our team may prescribe pain medication to manage discomfort. Using Ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours is a common course of action you can take following most surgeries. You can also apply a cold compress over the area of treatment for the first day to reduce swelling.
Our team will communicate post-procedure instructions for caring for your mouth. It is important that you follow our recommendations to allow for the healing process to fully complete. If you have any questions regarding your post-treatment care, please contact the Contemporary Facial and Oral Surgery team.