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Dental Dos and Don'ts Following Oral Surgery

June 20, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Jon Ehlers
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Your Sedalia, MO dentist will always keep you comfortable during dental procedures or oral surgery, but we are just as concerned for your comfort following treatment.

If you undergo a procedure in our dental office, we will always provide aftercare instructions and be available to answer any questions that you might have following treatment.

We have compiled some general dos and don’ts below to give you a better idea of what to expect or what to do following oral surgery in Sedalia, MO. Remember, your dentist will provide more specific instructions based on your treatment type and outcome.

What You Should Do Following Oral Surgery

  • Follow all post-operative instructions, including when to use icepacks and for how long, whether to keep your head elevated, how to use gauze for any minor bleeding, and when to take prescribed or recommended medications.
  • Always contact our dental office if you experience unusual symptoms or have post-operative questions.
  • Typically, you’ll be asked to stick to a soft diet prescribed by your dentist; and make sure that you do so for the recommended time period. It's also recommended that you do not chew food when your mouth is numb. Doing so can cause you to bite your tongue or other soft tissues.

What You Should NOT Do Following Oral Surgery

  • Your dentist may recommend that you avoid exerting yourself through lifting or exercise for the first day or two.
  • Don’t spit, drink through a straw, or smoke for the first day or two following oral surgery.
  • Avoid touching the surgical site or biting down in that area for the first few days.
  • Don’t ignore heavier bleeding or excessive pain. If something seems unusual, it is best to contact your dentist near me for instructions.
  • If you’ve had sedation, we strongly advise not using machinery, driving, or making any important decisions on the day of your procedure.

For More Information, Contact Our Dental Office

Our team is always here for you. If you have a post-operative question, give us a call today.

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