Recovery Tips Following Oral Surgery

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Have you recently undergone oral surgery? If so, our Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery team strongly encourages you to take the recovery period seriously. If you take the recovery period seriously, you will get the most out of your treatment. So, to help you properly recover, we recommend doing the following things:

-Make sure to rest and relax for a few days following your surgery. When you lie down, prop your head up with pillows to limit the bleeding and swelling.

-Ice outside the treated area for 15-minute intervals throughout the day. This will provide relief and comfort and it will also reduce swelling.

-After the bleeding quits, you can eat soft foods. Some foods we recommend eating include soups, yogurts, fruit, milkshakes, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.

-If you were given antibiotics, make sure you take them at the recommended times.

-Keep your mouth as clean as possible. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth at least four times a day with warm saltwater. We also recommend rinsing after each meal and snack. Rinsing will help wash away and kill the bacteria that can harm and infect the treated area.

For more information and details about how to properly recover after oral surgery, please call our office at 214-691-0101 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Todd A. Williams, if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!