If you have a highly skilled and experienced oral surgeon, you likely won’t have any issues when you’re recovering from oral surgery. Complications are rare, even for patients who undergo complex procedures.
However, surgical treatment is never risk-free. Problems can occur during the healing process, so you’ll need to watch for warning signs. If you experience any of the following, contact your oral surgeon right away.
Developing a low-grade fever after undergoing oral surgery isn’t a cause of concern. But if your temperature rises higher than 100 degrees, give your oral surgeon a call. You could have an infection and may require antibiotic treatment to get on the road to recovery.
After wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, corrective jaw surgery or any other procedure, you can expect blood clots to form at the surgical sites. Bleeding shouldn’t continue for long. If you have significant bleeding after several hours, contact your oral surgeon — you may need a few more stitches.
If you’ve been under anesthesia, you can expect some lingering numbness. But if your tongue, lips, face or jaw remains numb for more than the first few hours, get in touch with your oral surgeon. You may have nerve damage, or paresthesia — and while the condition generally resolves itself, you’ll want an expert opinion.
When you’re recovering from oral surgery, some pain is expected, but it should gradually diminish as time goes on. If your pain fails to lessen or becomes worse, call your oral surgeon. Whether you have an infection, dry socket or some other issue, additional treatment may be necessary.
Planning for a Smooth and Easy Recovery
If your oral surgery procedure is scheduled at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you’re in good hands. Our board-certified oral surgeons have been helping patients in the greater east central Indiana area for more than a decade, and the vast majority heal without a problem.
We’ll take good care of your mouth while you’re in our office, but there are a few steps you can take to help ensure a problem-free recovery. After oral surgery, we recommend that you:
- Refrain from smoking, spitting and using straws to avoid interfering with blood clot formation.
- Stick with a liquid and soft-food diet until the surgical sites have sufficiently healed.
- Get plenty of rest and avoid heavy lifting, exercise and sports activities until given the go-ahead.
- Practice good dental hygiene, rinsing with warm salt water in the early days and returning to your regular brushing and flossing when advised.
- Follow all your surgeon’s aftercare instructions, and contact our office if you have any concerns.