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Oral surgery can come in several different forms. Common surgeries include tooth extractions, bone grafts and dental implants. While there might be some minor differences between the different surgeries, they all benefit from similar preparation and quality aftercare. To that end, your oral surgeon, Dr. Todd A. Williams, offers these basic tips for a speedy recovery after oral surgery.

During your initial consultation, you should let your oral surgeon know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding.

If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you might want to speak with your physician in advance to set up a cessation program. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone to infections in the gums during recovery. When selecting a program, try to choose one that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.

You will need to be deeply sedated during the surgery. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.

While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to eating a soft-foods diet. This includes items like yogurt, mashed potatoes and applesauce. While it’s important to stay hydrated, you should try to avoid drinking beverages through a straw.

If you have an upcoming oral surgery in Dallas, Texas, and you have preparation or recovery questions, you can always call Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery at 214-691-0101 to seek further advice.