Oral Surgery is a term used to describe operations performed in your mouth by a dentist or by a specialist dentist called an Oral Surgeon. Very complex mouth head and neck operations are carried out in a hospital by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Most minor oral surgery procedures take place in the confines of a dental practice, but for some, this may occur in a day care setting at a hospital.
If you are wondering what to do to help healing after oral surgery, our DeCare experts are on hand with the do’s and don’ts on how to recover uneventfully. Firstly, as with all healthcare your surgeon/dentist will give you specific aftercare instructions which you should follow carefully.
Healing following oral surgery usually follows a predictable pattern. Swelling and discomfort for a few days followed by gradual improvements on a daily basis afterwards until fully healed. If you experience excessive bleeding or onset of severe pain in the days after surgery, contact your dentist as soon as possible for advice.
This is a failure of normal blood clot formation which delays healing of the wound.
Blood clot formation is essential for wound healing as it acts like a scaffold protecting underlying bone and nerve endings in the tooth socket from further trauma. It is also the platform for growth of new bone and soft tissue over the wound.
Contact your dentist immediately if you develop intense pain starting at the wound site and radiating to your face in the days following a tooth extraction. This pain will not be relieved by ordinary painkillers and you will need a prescription for strong pain relief. Typically there will be a foul odour and taste from the wound and it will be red with inflammation. Keep it as clean as you can with warm salt mouthwashes every four hours. Your dentist will usually clean the wound and place a palliative dressing which will relieve the pain. The wound will eventually begin to heal and all pain will subside after ten days.
The exact cause of dry socket is unknown but there are some common features:
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