Some amount of bleeding is normal after a dental surgery. This may last for one or two hours or continue for up to 24 hours after the procedure. Use the gauze pad provided to you and press firmly on the area to cut down on the amount of bleeding and help blood to clot. The gauze should be kept in place for at least an hour even if it gets soggy. If the bleeding does not subside after an hour, replace it carefully with a new gauze pad.
Lying down with your head in a raised position helps to slow down blood circulation and aid faster healing. Do not try to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Avoid scalding hot liquids such as tea, coffee and soup as these can aggravate your wound. Contact your dentist or oral surgeon in case profuse bleeding does not subside within 4 hours.
Your face may swell after the surgery and this may last for up to 5-7 days. Once the swelling reduces, don’t be alarmed if you notice bruise marks on your face that may last for 7-10 days. To reduce your distress, you may use a cold compress or an ice pack on the outside of your face for 24 hours after the surgical procedure. After that, you can use a warm pad to increase the blood circulation and reduce swelling. Call your doctor if you feel the swelling is getting worse after 48 hours or it doesn’t reduce within 7 days.
Your jaw muscles may become sore if you have to hold your mouth open for a long time during surgery. In some cases, the soreness lasts for up to 7 – 10 days. Massage your jaw gently with a moist and warm face cloth. Do not eat food that is hard to chew; instead eat easy- to- chew goods such as pasta, eggs and consume liquids such as juices, milk and milk shakes.
Avoid vigorous spitting and rinsing for 24 hours after the surgery. After 24 hours, you may brush gently around the operated area. Your surgeon may recommend light rinsing with a saline solution to help keep the surgical site clean and dislodge any food particles. Avoid tobacco and alcohol for at least 24 hours after surgery as these delay healing and may cause painful infections to start.
Avoid any heavy physical activity and take complete rest for 48 hours after the surgery. Following the above steps will result in a speedy recovery so that you can get back on your feet and resume your normal life!