How Long Does it Take to Recover from Oral Surgery?

Posted on: April 1, 2018

Oral SurgeryOral surgery is sometimes required to address a variety of oral health issues. Surgery can remove a poorly-positioned tooth or an impacted tooth that’s trapped in your jawbone. Oral surgery can also remove wisdom teeth since these are the most likely to causes problems, yet you do not really need them. Some gum disease treatments and the installation of implants also require surgery.

It is normal for the area of the operation to be a bit sore for a couple of days, but over-the-counter medication is typically enough to help you deal with any pain. You should avoid taking anything that contains aspirin since this makes your blood thinner and leads to prolonged bleeding after your surgery.

Your dentist might also prescribe stronger painkillers depending on the extent of the surgery. As for how long it takes to recover from oral surgery, you typically should be back to normal within a week. Some treatments do take longer to heal.

Here are a few things you can do to speed up your recovery period:

1. Make sure you get enough rest the night before the surgery. When you go to bed the night after the surgery, make sure you have enough pillows to keep your face properly cushioned and prevent swelling and bleeding while you sleep.

2. Use ice packs to minimize swelling after the procedure. Apply it for 15 minutes, then take a break for the same amount of time. Repeat as necessary.

3. Eat soft foods while you eat after the surgery. Consume a liquid diet if you are having a hard time with even soft food items. Smoothies, protein shakes, and soups are good ways to get the nutrients you need via liquids.

4. Take all the medications prescribed by your dentist and follow the set dosage.

5. Avoid using mouthwash or toothpaste the first few days after getting oral surgery. Instead, use warm salt water to rinse your mouth a few times a day. Try rinsing after every meal if you can since this is when your teeth are most susceptible to bacteria and acids.

6. Make sure you get all the nutrients you need before and after surgery. Your body needs it all to repair the damaged tissues from the procedure. Eat foods that are rich in proteins and vitamins C and A. Consider taking supplements as well.

7. Avoid smoking since it increases the amount of time it takes for you to heal.

8. Do not consume alcohol for up to 24 hours after the procedure. It increases the time it takes for you to heal, and it can interfere with the medication you’re prescribed.

9. Take things easy after the surgery. You should be resting for most of the day, not overexerting yourself with strenuous activities.

Getting ready to go in for oral surgery?

Contact Palm Beach Dentistry for more tips on how you can speed up your recovery time. Request a dental appointment here: or call Palm Beach Dentistry at (561) 225-2057 for an appointment in our Delray Beach dental office.

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