Dental surgery is similar to other types of surgery in that during your recovery, you may be at risk for infection. Here are 7 tips to ease recovery from oral surgery and prevent infection.
1. FIRST AND FOREMOST, TO PROMOTE HEALING:
2. MAKE TIME TO PUT YOUR FEET UP AND REST!
Oral surgery typically requires anesthesia which can cause drowsiness and grogginess for several hours. It is extremely important you relax after surgery. If we’ve prescribed pain medication, understand that pain medications can make you drowsy and even groggy. Do not take pain medication if you plan to operate a motor vehicle, or operate any dangerous machinery, as you will need to be alert.
3. MANAGE SWELLING WITH ICE PACKS
A common side effect of oral surgery is swelling of the gums and cheeks. Ice can help minimize the swelling and discomfort. Position an ice pack on your cheek for 15 minutes, and then remove it for 15 min’s. Repeat this routine as necessary.
4. TAKE YOUR MEDICATION EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED
Prescription and over-the-counter medications should be ordered and picked up immediately following your procedure. As stated above, pain medication often causes drowsiness, grogginess and other side effects. Take your medication as directed on the bottle, or as per our instructions. If your pain is still severe after approximately 48 hours, contact our office. We may also prescribe an antibiotic for you to take after your oral surgery. BE SURE TO TAKE ALL MEDICATIONS ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS TO AVOID AN INFECTION. FINISH ALL ANTIBIOTICS UNLESS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE.
5. REPLACE GAUZE AS FOLLOWS:
We recommend that you only change the gauze before eating and/or drinking.
IMPORTANT: Remove all gauze before sleeping.
6. LIQUIDS AND SOFT FOODS ONLY - AS FOLLOWS:
7. AVOID FOODS AND SUBSTANCES THAT WILL HARM YOUR MOUTH
Your mouth will be tender (sensitive to pain) after dental surgery. It is best to avoid hot or cold foods and beverages during this period. Please know alcohol and tobacco delay healing. We suggest you avoid these substances for 2 weeks or more.
If you have any questions regarding the above, kindly phone us at (203) 967-3707.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. Periodontal disease leads to swollen and bleeding gums – a sign of gingivitis, (the earliest stage of periodontal disease). The damage from periodontal disease can cause otherwise healthy teeth to become loose – a sign of severe periodontitis, (advanced stage of disease); so be sure to stay on top of your oral health with regular checkups and screenings.
The main objective with most tooth extractions, or in removing a damaged tooth that cannot be saved, is to prevent infection from spreading into other areas of your mouth. Since tooth extraction is a form of surgery, it goes without saying that some risk is involved. As any type of dental surgery can permit bacteria in your mouth to enter your bloodstream, risk of infection is always present.
If you are aware of any issues in which your body does not easily fight off infection, let us know prior to surgery. In such a case you may need to take antibiotics before and after dental surgery. If you have heart problems, liver disease, diabetes, artificial joints, asthma, or take steroids for Crohn’s disease or any other condition, you must inform us as you may require additional antibiotics.
Dr. Sciarrino has spent three decades providing the finest in dental surgery to Fairfield County patients.
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Poorly positioned and impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems. When partially erupted, bacteria can grow in the openings around the teeth which can lead to infection. Should infection occur, the result will often be swelling, stiffness, pain, and all-too-often, illness.
If one of your teeth is so infected that antibiotics or root canal therapy (RCT) will not cure the infection, tooth removal may be your only option. Don't stress, as a tooth removal should be relatively uneventful. Prior to tooth removal or extraction we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. If more than one tooth must be removed, we may use a stronger, general anesthetic. Will will then remove the tooth.
After the procedure we may instruct you to bite down on a cotton gauze pad to help stop bleeding. Sutures will also likely be placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding. Once your tooth has been removed, we can discuss whether an implant, a denture, or a bridge should be used to replace the removed tooth.
Are you suffering from pain or swelling? Does your jaw feel stiff when you attempt to open and/or close your mouth? You may be suffering from infection. If so...
Kindly phone us at (203) 967-3707 to schedule a consultation. If after hours, CLICK HERE and complete our simple form. Typically we diagnose abscesses, cysts and bone infections utilizing 3D Dental Imaging, and then treat them with antibiotic therapy.
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