Recovering from an oral surgery sure needs consistent care and attention. You might also experience some swelling or bruising post your treatment. This also usually reaches a peak after two to three days.

To make your recovery process smooth, here are a few things you should know.

How to Reduce Swelling

You can reduce the swelling with an ice pack wrapped in a towel. Hold the ice pack on your cheek area for a maximum of ten minutes, and take a break of about twenty minutes.

How to Manage the Pain

You need not worry about the pain! Although there might be a little soreness for a few days, you can easily manage this with simple painkillers. You should consult your dentist and take regular dosage of such painkillers to reduce the pain quciker. In case you have a denture near the surgical area, then you should always leave the denture out at night.

Also, the stitches given during the surgery are dissolvable but often remain for around two to three weeks. They may be a bit uncomfortable, but you can always get in touch with your dentist is the pain is too much.

Also, do not panic if you experience some minor bleeding. That is completely normal! However, if it persists, then you need to apply pressure by biting firmly down on the area with a dampened cotton roll or a clean handkerchief for sixty minutes while sitting upright. Do not keep checking or changing the gauze.

Oral Hygiene Tips

The success of your oral surgery is dependent upon your oral hygiene. You should always keep your mouth clean for optimum results from your oral surgery. For this, you may follow these tips:

  • You should start cleaning your other teeth with a toothbrush. Also, start brushing every evening after your surgery.
  • Avoid brushing the surgical site for a couple of days as it might hurt the vulnerable spots. However, you can begin to carefully brush that area with a toothbrush once the tenderness goes away.
  • Hot salt mouthwashes are very beneficial for healing in the first week. Ensure that the mouthwash is not too hot. You need to repeat this procedure as needed.
  • Try to prevent food from clogging in the surgical area for as long as possible. For this, rinse and floss your mouth as many times as you can.
  • We also recommend you to reduce smoking and alcohol until the wounds of your oral surgery have completely healed.


Apart from these, there are some important tips which only an expert dentist can guide you with. If you require any kind of assistance, schedule a visit at the Stephen’s General Dentistry in Muskogee. We will not only guide you with a consultation but will be your trusted dentist for all kinds of dental treatments at affordable prices. 🙂