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Pre-Operation & Post-Operation Instructions
Any procedure requiring surgery starts with a thorough oral examination by your dentist. There are many kinds of oral surgery, such as the removal of wisdom teeth, implant placement, tooth extractions, exposure, and bracketing. Surgical procedures differ from one another and require slightly different preoperative protocols. Therefore, having a thorough discussion with your dentist prior to oral surgery is vital. You will be able to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have during your consultation.
To prepare for dental surgery, you will need to refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least eight to twelve hours before your surgery, especially since you will probably be put under local anesthesia. It is imperative that you tell your dentist if you are feeling unwell before your procedure. If this happens, the operation may need to be rescheduled.
Depending on the surgery you had performed, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding at the surgical site in the days following your operation. Although swelling may last seven to ten days, bleeding decreases dramatically or ceases entirely within three days. You will be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics by your dentist to make your recovery as comfortable and easy as possible. In the meantime, you should stay away from crunchy, hard foods, as they could inhibit your healing. Additionally, do not use a straw, especially if you have just had a tooth removed. As a result, a condition called dry socket may develop, which necessitates further treatment.
Following are a few other things to avoid after oral surgery:
- Smoking should be avoided
- Don't swish your mouth vigorously
- Surgical areas shouldn't be brushed
- Avoid falling asleep with gauze in the mouth
It’s important to recognize that surgery outcomes are as unique as the person undergoing the procedure, and the effects of surgery may vary significantly from one individual to another. Additionally, it is important to be on the lookout for any signs of infection. Even though this is unlikely, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing pain and discomfort weeks after your surgery.