Right after your oral surgery with Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you're bound to feel the discomfort that comes from having swollen gums and some bleeding or oozing.
This is natural but there are some things you need to avoid doing during this time.
What to Avoid Directly After Oral Surgery
Make sure that you never apply any heat to your face. Instead, you'll want to make sure to apply ice. This is because heat will increase the amount of swelling you'll experience.
You also want to make sure that you don't use straws or suck on anything in general. Even smoking can be damaging to your mouth.
This is because these actions create negative pressure in your mouth, which will dislodge the blood clot that is keeping your wound closed. These actions can also cause more bleeding, which will delay your healing. Taking sinus precautions is also important. This means sneezing with your mouth open and not blowing your nose - simply wipe it instead.
While you'll need to take care of your oral hygiene, you don't want to rinse your mouth for 24 hours after your surgery. This is because you don't want to put any kind of pressure on the site.
Although all these things sound inconvenient, they're a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. Your oral health is important and sometimes that means that oral surgery is a necessity. If you find this is true for you and your situation, give our office a call. We won't simply do oral surgery.
Instead we take time to educate you so you know why you need it, how you'll benefit from it, what to expect from the procedure, and how to properly care for your mouth afterwards. We look forward to hearing from so we can help you have the healthy smile you deserve. If you have any addition questions, contact Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today at (385) 375-3589.