Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Recovering From Oral Surgery

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If you have lost one or more teeth and are planning to undergo oral reconstructive surgery, you may not know what to expect during your recovery period. Here is a bit of information to help ensure that your recovery from your oral surgery is problem-free. 

What to Expect Immediately After Your Surgery

Before your surgery, you will need to arrange to have a friend or loved one drive you to your appointment, especially if you plan to take an oral sedative before receiving your treatment. In addition, your driver should be prepared to take you home and remain with you until your medication wears off. 

After your surgery, you can expect the following:

  • Bleeding. Although the bleeding from your surgical site is likely to be minimal, you can expect a bit of blood oozing from the area.
  • Reduced activity. Even if you are accustomed to heavy activities, expect to slow down for a few days following your procedure. Resting with your head propped on a pillow can minimize bleeding and swelling.
  • Swelling and discomfort. The area around the surgical site may swell a bit and be slightly uncomfortable. Over-the-counter pain medications and a cold compress should reduce the swelling and relieve the discomfort.
  • Problems speaking clearly. Expect to find clear communications difficult, so keep a pen and a piece of paper nearby. 
  • Soft foods. You may be restricted to soft foods and liquids for a period. 

What to Avoid During Your Recovery

There are some measures that you can take to make your recovery easier, such as rinsing your mouth regularly with salt water, taking your prescription medications, and eating nutritious foods. However, there are also some things that you should avoid, such as:

  • Overexertion. Overexerting yourself after your oral surgery can lead to a prolonged recovery and excessive bleeding.
  • Ingesting hot foods and beverages. The heat from hot foods and drinks can cause burns to the sensitive surgical site.
  • Eating hard foods. Crunchy foods can irritate the wound in your mouth.
  • Smoking. Tobacco usage can inflame the soft tissues of your mouth and delay your healing process.
  • Using a straw. The suction created as you use a straw can cause the protective blood clot that forms over your wound to dislodge.
  • Drinking alcohol. Alcohol should not be consumed during your recovery, as it may interact with your medications and interfere with proper wound healing.

For more information about your recovery from an upcoming oral surgical procedure, consult with a medical office like Central PA Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons LLC.


20 April 2018