Caring for your mouth after oral surgery
Advice for achieving a quick recovery after oral surgery
Immediately post surgery:
- Avoid hot drinks and food, prodding/playing with the delicate wound, strenuous physical activity.
- Alcohol and cigarettes should be avoided for the first 48 hours following your oral surgery, as they can interfere with the healing process.
- Drink lots of cold or warm fluids and eat soft, bland food.
- Use paracetamol or prescribed pain relief before the local anaesthesia wears off.
A small amount of bleeding is normal following oral surgery; however, if you feel that you are experiencing excessive bleeding, please contact us for advice.
The days after surgery:
- Ensure your wound is kept clean – brush your teeth gently and around the wound to keep food and plaque at bay.
- Rinse your mouth lightly between 6 – 8 times per day with a glass of warm, salty water. Continue doing this until the wound has fully healed. Note: It is essential not to rinse vigorously in the first 24 hours following surgery.
- Using Savacol (chlorhexidine) mouthwash can assist in preventing infection.
Some bleeding and discomfort of the jaw muscles is expected after oral surgery. However, if you are experiencing severe symptoms, please contact us on 03 359 8300 for advice.