After Care: Dental Surgeries

Key points for during and after dental surgeries;

 

 

Do not rinse your mouth or spit

After a surgical operation, blood clots must be formed on the wound area in order to heal the wound. Do not rinse your mouth for the first 2 hours and do not spit. After the surgical procedure, bite the tampon placed on the surgical area for 30-45 minutes. There is no harm if you swallow your own blood. If you have swallowed too much, you may defecate in dark color, do not worry. If the PRF is used to close the wound, you will not need to bite a tampon and you will not have a bleeding problem.

 

Do not smoke

Beside its other well-known harms, smoking affects the wound healing negatively and may cause serious problems. Do not smoke at least for the first 2 days. If you can’t stop smoking for 2 days, immediately rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after smoking.

 

Nutrition

For the first 2 days, eat soft and warm food such as mashed, yogurt, banana, ice cream, soup, etc. Do not eat hot stuff. Do not take a hot bath, do not go to saunas. Do not use your teeth that are close to the surgical area to chew. Drink plenty of water. Especially after eating something, drink a glass of water by rinsing off to clean your mouth. Avoid drinking gaseous, acidic drinks such as alcohol and cola. Stay away from very hot drinks for 4-5 days. These drinks can burn your wound area and prolong the healing period. Try to eat well.

 

Oral Care

For faster wound healing,  brush your teeth as usual except the wound area and use dental floss. You can start brushing your teeth in the surgery area after 1 day. The day following the surgery, gargle prescription given to you after each meal.

 

Sutures

Sutures may have been placed during your surgery. Your sutures will be removed after 1 week. In order to avoid bacteria accumulation in the surgical area, cleaning the area softly with your tongue will positively affect the healing process and reduce the risk of infection.

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Problems that may occur

after surgical treatments and possible solutions:

 

Bleeding

Do not use blood thinners for the first 48 hours. There may be little bleeding during the first 48 hours after surgery and this is normal. Using a high pillow will reduce the risk of bleeding. Especially in the early days, do not lower your head too much (for example, when you are tying your shoes). Hot shower and excessive effort can increase bleeding. If there is excessive bleeding, apply pressure for 30 minutes with sterile tampon for the second time. If bleeding continues, contact our clinic. If PRF is applied, there will be no bleeding problem.

 

Pain

For the first 2 days you may feel pain. For this purpose, use your prescribed medication in accordance with your dentist’s recommendations. If pain continues after the third day even after using medications, please contact our clinic.

 

Swelling

Swelling may occur in the surgery area, cheeks, lips and neck region within the first 3 days after operation,. After 3 days, the swelling should gradually decrease and disappear. Applying a ice bag on the face for 6 hours after the surgery may prevent swelling to a some extent. For this, place ice in a waterproof bag, wrap  with towel and apply it for 15 minutes, and then take a 5 minutes break. On the second day after the operation, do not apply cold compress. From the third day you can apply a hot compress.

 

Bruising

Bruising may occur on your skin due to the accumulation of blood in the subcutaneous tissues adjacent to the surgical area. It is not dangerous. It does not increase the pain and is not an indication of an infection. It will disappear in 7-10 days. Otherwise, contact us.

 

Reduced Mouth Opening

You will have difficulty in opening your mouth during the 2nd and 3rd days after surgery. This is directly related to the size of the edema. The difficulty in opening your mouth will disappear in 7-10 days. After the second day, putting a warm water bag on your face and applying opening and closing exercises will help reducing the edema.