Having Oral Surgery? Here’s How to Prepare

The prospect of having oral surgery can be pretty intimidating. But knowing what to expect can take some of the stress out of the experience and also ensure that you have a full and speedy recovery. Keep reading to learn more.


The prospect of having oral surgery can be pretty intimidating. But knowing what to expect can take some of the stress out of the experience and also ensure that you have a full and speedy recovery. Keep reading to learn more. 


Facts about Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can be used to correct a number of health conditions whether serious or relatively minor. The oral surgeons at Dr. Caroline Krivuzoff-Sanderson DMD in Red Deer use surgery to:


  • Remove diseased tissues from the mouth
  • Correct jaw problems
  • Extract extremely decayed teeth
  • Remove wisdom teeth 
  • Implant missing teeth 
  • Create dental bridges
  • Conduct root canal procedures


The Night Before

In most cases, it is recommended that you fast for eight to twelve hours before your scheduled appointment. Our dentists will tell you exactly how long you need to fast for your specific surgery. If you’re diabetic, you can have breakfast. You can also take prescription medications if necessary. But make sure that our dentists are aware of any pre-existing conditions that you have and all medications that you’re taking. 


What You Can Eat

After you’ve had oral surgery you’re probably not going to want to eat anything hard or crunchy for at least a week. For the first 48 hours try to eat only soft foods like soups and stews, which should be served warm but not overly hot. If you have been prescribed pain medication, alcohol should be strictly avoided. After a few days you can slowly start to return to your normal diet. 


Healing Time and Recovery

Immediately after your surgery you may experience some discomfort and swelling. Swelling will usually go down within 48 hours but your discomfort may linger for a bit longer. It’s normal to see some blood in the first 24 hours following surgery. Depending on what type of oral surgery you’ve had, your total healing time can take anywhere from one week to one month. Your dentist will let you know your expected post-surgery recovery time. 


Tips for a Quick Recovery

After having oral surgery, you should follow your dentist’s instructions as closely as possible in order to help your body heal. Make sure that you:

  • Take your medication exactly as prescribed
  • Get plenty of rest post-surgery
  • Don’t apply heat to swollen areas, this makes the swelling worse
  • Avoid driving while taking medication
  • Call our dental clinic if you experience increased pain, fever or you start vomiting

With each day that passes, you should start to feel more and more like your old self! If you have any questions about your recovery, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the dentists at our conveniently located Red Deer dental clinic. For comprehensive care for your entire family, choose Dr. Caroline Krivuzoff-Sanderson DMD today!

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