Preparing for Oral Surgery

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					Preparing for Oral Surgery
Surgery of any kind can be draining and exhausting. As a result, it is important that you properly prepare
for oral surgery.

One of the many types of oral surgery that you may undergo is the removal of a tooth. This is a very
common procedure that many people undergo.

In addition to preparing for this procedure, you will want to make sure that you make some
preparations for yourself for after you have had the tooth removed. Following the procedure, your
mouth will be numb and you will probably not feel very well.


Scheduling for Oral Surgery

You will not want to have to do many things. Instead, you should rearrange your schedule so that you
can go home and lie down until you have recovered somewhat.

The area from which the tooth was removed will probably be tender for several days. This means that
you will probably not want to have to eat crunchy foods that may irritate this area.


Oral Surgery Diet

Instead, you will want to have easy
access to soft foods as you will probably
not feel like running out to the store
following the procedure either. Make
sure that you take the time to pick out
some of your favorite soft foods from
the grocery store before your
appointment.


You may want to consider applesauce,
pudding, popsicles, yogurt, and ice
cream. Cold items are also good choices
as the cold temperature will help
encourage your blood to clot.


Medication Following Oral Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery you undergo, your dentist or specialist may or may not prescribe a
certain kind of painkiller to you. If you can, have someone else go and pick up this prescription for you
so that you do not have to wait for 20 minutes, miserably, at a store to get it.
In addition, you will want to take some of this medication right after the procedure, even if your mouth
is still numb. Painkillers often work to prevent infection following oral surgery.

It is important to have this protection as soon as possible. You will also want to make sure that the
medication has started before the numbness wears off, or it may be quite painful.

If you are not given a prescription for a painkiller, you will want to ask your dentist what kinds of
painkillers you can take. Aspirin is generally not recommended as it makes your blood thinner and after
the surgery you will need it to get thicker and clot.

However, if you find that the pain is still too much while taking Tylenol, be sure you ask your dentist for
a prescription painkiller. In some cases if the pain is too much you may be suffering from a complication.

By letting your dentist know, you will be able to receive the appropriate treatment before it becomes
too severe. In other cases though, your dentist should be able to prescribe something that will cut the
pain.


Oral Surgery Recovery

The main thing you should do following the oral procedure is to go home and rest. In most cases, you
should also avoid exercising for at least 12 to 24 hours in order to give yourself time to heal.

The amount of time you will have to wait to exercise after oral surgery or wisdom teeth removal will
depend on the severity of the procedure that you underwent. When you lie down, you should make
sure that you elevate your head on a pillow.

You should also avoid other positions, such as bending over, that allow the blood to rush to your head
for at least two or three days. Before you leave the office, the dentist should make sure that you know
how to take care of the bleeding.

However, if you think you are bleeding too much, you should let your specialist know. Most of the time,
you will be able to simply apply gauze and put pressure on the bleeding area.

Directly following the procedure, the gauze will probably need to be changed every 30 to 45 minutes.
Often you will bleed more than you expect, but this is completely normal.

Most of the time it is only a little blood that mixes with a lot of saliva. This makes it appear like you are
bleeding a lot more than you really are.

The period of heavy bleeding should not last more than an hour or two. If this condition persists, you
will want to make sure you consult with your dentist to find out what you should do to stop the bleeding
and to properly take care of the affected area.

				
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