Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. A necessary step in maintaining optimal oral health. Whether it’s a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or gum surgery, proper post-operative care is crucial for a smooth recovery and to ensure the best possible outcomes. Taking steps after minor oral surgery is crucial for a healthy recovery, read more for our care tips following a minor oral surgery.

Post-Operation Care For Minor Oral Surgery

Our dentists will provide detailed post-operative instructions tailored to your procedure and happily answer any questions. Following these instructions is essential to promote healing and prevent complications. Some common post-operative include;

    • Managing Discomfort
    • Keeping Oral Hygiene up
    • Eating Soft Foods
    • Resting
    • Avoid Smoking and Drinking

Following these essential care tips and staying proactive about your oral health can help ensure a smooth and successful recovery following minor oral surgery. Remember to be patient with yourself and give your body the time it needs to heal. Your smile will thank you for it in the long run!

Things To Expect

    • Pain: Pain should begin reducing within 48 hours. If pain increases after two days, it may indicate a condition called ‘dry socket’ or an infection. If this happens, it is essential to follow up with your dentist. You can also take preventative measures to avoid getting ‘dry socket’.
    • Bleeding: Bleeding after oral surgery is common and typically diminishes over hours to days. It is initially managed with gauze and can persist for 48 hours. You can reduce bleeding by adhering to post-operative care instructions, like avoiding over-rinsing or straw use. However, persistent or excessive bleeding warrants prompt attention from your dentist.
    • Swelling: While swelling is a normal part of the healing process after oral surgery, excessive or prolonged swelling, especially when dualed with severe pain, fever, or symptoms, should be promptly evaluated by your dental professional. In some cases, complications such as infection or hematoma may contribute to increased swelling and require medical attention.
    • Discoloration: Skin bruising may occur. This should be reduced in 7-14 days and not require treatment.
    • Diet Changes: Healthy nutrition is important even more when recovering from oral surgery. Soft foods like eggs, smoothies, and juice. Hot liquids are not recommended.
    • Sore Jaw: It’s possible to have jaw soreness after surgery; this should gradually disappear after 2-3 days. You can also do exercises at home if jaw soreness or locked jaw provides excessive discomfort.

While these symptoms are often temporary and expected as part of the healing process, it’s essential to monitor them closely and seek prompt attention from your dentist if you experience any concerning symptoms, such as worsening pain, excessive bleeding, or severe swelling accompanied by fever. Following post-operative care instructions and prioritizing self-care can support a smooth and successful recovery and return to optimal oral health.

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We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. Consulting your Saskatoon Dental Group dentist can provide personalized recommendations based on an individual’s unique oral health situation.

Book your appointment today! Saskatoon Dental Group is always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or have any dental questions please do not hesitate to contact our team.

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