Helpful tips about Oral Surgery

Being Prepared for Oral Surgery

Understanding what to expect during oral surgery and how to effectively recuperate from a procedure can help ensure you a speedy recovery. Oral surgery is often an outpatient procedure that requires local or general anesthesia, which means that you’ll return home soon after your operation has been completed, with doctor approval. Discuss your procedure with your surgeon during your preliminary appointments so that you can ask any questions you may have and so that he may inform you how to prepare before and after the procedure. And remember, it’s important to stay relaxed during the entire process.

Prepare the Night Before

Preparing at home before your oral surgery appointment is critical. On the night before your appointment, finalize your arrangements for transportation to and from surgery. Due to the anesthesia you might not be able to drive yourself home, so it’s important to get these details settled so that you won’t feel nervous.

You will be required to be NPO (nothing by mouth) the night before the surgery. Your surgeon will tell you exactly how many hours to not eat, although, eight to twelve hours is common for most outpatient oral surgeries. Most of the time, you won’t be able to eat or drink anything after midnight. If you’re diabetic, however, you should eat breakfast and take any prescribed medications the evening and morning before your surgery.

About The Recovery

You may be required to rest after your surgery. You should set up extra pillows on the bed so that you can rest in a reclining position. Keep a television, magazines and other entertainment options to keep close to your recovery space. Do not smoke while you’re recovering from oral surgery, as the sucking motion could cause bleeding or damage to the surgery site.

You may experience swelling around the surgery site. An ice pack on your face near the surgery site for 15 minutes at a time, and then rest for 15 minutes before putting it back on is often recommended for the first few days. A great option and product to use is the Avcor Mack Bandage. Watch the video on the top right sidebar on how to apply correctly. To learn more please contact

Within 24 hours, you should begin rinsing your mouth four times a day and after meals with salt water.  Antibiotics may be recommended to help you heal.

What to Eat After Oral Surgery

After oral surgery, stick to soft foods, such as yogurt and soups that are high in Vitamin A or C, for the first 48 hours. Avoid  hard foods, such as pretzel sticks or popcorn, for six to eight weeks.

Avoid hot foods and drinks while still under the influence of the anesthetic as you won’t be able to feel pain, so you may burn yourself without realizing that the food is too hot.  You also should eat foods that are room temperature immediately following your surgery. Avoid drinking out of a straw and don’t drink alcohol for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

Healing time after oral surgery?

It will take 2-3 days for the discomfort and swelling to go down. During this phase of recovery, you should rest as much as possible and avoid any heavy lifting or heavy activity.

After those crucial 48-72 hours, you can expect to enter a healing phase. The length of this phase can vary depending on the type of surgery. Wisdom tooth extractions and other common surgeries often take one-to-two weeks to completely heal; however, any type of jaw surgery can take a month or more to completely heal.

More about the Mack Bandage.

The 11440-Mack Bandage Thermal Relief System by Avcor is the ideal tool for recovery after oral or maxillofacial surgery. Using the power of cryotherapy to reduce swelling, the Dental Ice Wrap includes two freezeable gel packs. Simply insert the frozen packs into the pocket of the Mack Bandage Wrap, place the cold pouch on the afflicted area, loop the Thermal Wrap around the head, and secure with the Velcro® closure. The Velcro® will stick anywhere on the bandage.

The Mack Bandage Cold Wrap can be placed anywhere on the mouth, jaws, or face. The Avcor Mack Bandage is perfect for repeated use during toothaches, jaw pain, TMJ, and after wisdom teeth or molar removal, maxillo-facial surgery or plastic surgery operations. The materials of the Avcor Thermal Compression System are entirely latex-free while remaining flexible and breathable; when stretched, the Mack Bandage is 48 in long by 3.5 in wide.

The 11440-Mack Thermal Compression Bandage is a solution for wound care in several medical specialties while providing patient comfort and quality of care for optimal wound healing.

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