It’s a mistake to think that the outcome of a dental surgery rests solely on the ability of the dentist. Expertise and knowledge are very important, without a doubt. But good patients who follow the aftercare treatment to the letter will have a faster and better recovery. It’s our policy at dental solutions to thoroughly educate our patients on how to deal with aftercare hygiene, pain, diet and what are the dos and don’ts after a dental surgery. With that in mind we want to share a few additional tips if you ever find yourself on the dental chair.
Stock up on medicine and food
It’s always a good idea to buy whatever medicine you are going to need before the surgery; especially, if you are going to be alone afterwards. This is actually common practice as some dentists will ask you to take pain relievers, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory before the procedure in order to reduce swelling or pain; ask your dentist if she can write a prescription before the procedure.
If you are going to be alone for the following couple of days after a surgery; cook soft food that you can leave in the fridge and heat up in a microwave.
Ask a friend to care for you after a dental surgery
You shouldn’t be driving nor doing any demanding physical activity after surgery; ask a friend or family member to drive to the dentist’s office. And if you live alone, ask someone to keep an eye out for you. Dental surgery is perfectly safe, and very few people report complications (and those that do, usually don’t do aftercare), still, better be safe than sorry.
What about oral hygiene
If you have stiches then you need to be very careful; don’t spit, don’t rinse, and avoid brushing the area; any forceful action may break the stiches and reopen the wound. If you need to wash your mouth, just take a zip and let if drop from your mouth, don’t exert any force.
As for the first night, you might be better off not brushing at all; instead, eat food that won’t stick to your teeth and wash gently with water or mouthwash.
Keep your dentist’s number handy
Be aware of your body; if you experience acute pain, unusual swelling, pus, or if you start bleeding more than a few drops, something might have gone wrong; call your dentist immediately and ask them for assistance,