Every year, millions of people undergo oral surgery, from bone grafts to wisdom teeth removal and more. If you count yourself among those needing oral surgery this year, you’re probably on the lookout for tips on how to make the recovery period as quickly as possible. After all, who wants to sit around with a mouth full of pain and be unable to eat the foods they want? Here is how to make sure you can have a speedy recovery from your oral procedure:
Take It Easy
Make sure to schedule at least a few days at home after your procedure. Trying to jump back into your routine too soon could set your recovery back for days. Load up your Kindle with books to read and your Netflix queue with shows to watch—you’ll have plenty to keep your mind busy while your body rests.
Ice, Ice Baby
Applying a cold compress to your face for 10 minutes at a time in the day following your surgery can help to minimize swelling and bruising. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel works just as well as an ice pack.
The Softer the Better
Eating a soft-food diet will help the surgical site heal. You’ll want to stay away from hot or chewy foods for at least a few days, if not longer. Now’s the time to eat all of the ice cream, mashed potatoes, and pudding you want! (And maybe throw in a few soft vegetables for a balanced diet.)
At Tampa Surgical Arts, we offer a number of oral surgeries for patients throughout the Tampa Bay area, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, bone grafting, TMJ treatment, and more. To schedule an oral surgery consult, contact us today.