At some point, you may undergo minor dental surgery. If you have a dental surgery coming up, here are some steps you can take to help you heal faster and prepare for any discomfort.
- Use Some Ice — If you don’t have an ice pack at home, pick up a small bag of frozen peas at the grocery store. Apply the ice to your face for several hours after your appointment (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Using ice will help minimize swelling and discomfort. To avoid skin damage, always place a cloth between the ice and your face.
- Enjoy Soft Food — For the first few days, your mouth may be sore. Make sure to have some soft food on hand, such as eggs and well-cooked pasta.
- Avoid Alcohol/Carbonated Beverages and Cigarettes — For the first 24 hours, avoid drinking alcoholic or carbonated drinks. Instead, have some lukewarm liquids for the first four to six hours. Also, avoid drinking anything through a straw or smoking cigarettes. The suction action can disrupt your healing process and cause unnecessary bleeding.
- Keep a Healthy Mouth — Make sure to brush your teeth (gently) and avoid using mouthwash for the first 24 hours. If your mouth is over sensitive, use a wet cloth to wipe the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue. A clean mouth always heals faster.
- Avoid Heat — Even if you typically enjoy the soothing effect of heat, avoid applying it to your face during the first 24 hours. Heat may make the swelling worse and it can cause any bacteria in your mouth to spread.
- Relax — Last but not least – take it easy. After any surgery, it is important to take some time to rest and relax. It will help slow down bleeding, allowing you to recover faster.
If you have any questions or concerns about post-operative care, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.