5 Steps to a Speedy Recovery After Surgery

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5 Steps to a Speedy Recovery After Surgery

Whether you've had dental implants or wisdom teeth removed, the Great Plains Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team is here to help you recover quickly, while minimizing complications. To make sure your treatment is a success, we've created after surgery care steps that will help make you more comfortable through the recovery process.

1. Keep the Mouth Clean

It's important you keep your mouth clean after surgery to reduce the risk of an infection. You can brush your teeth the night after the oral surgery, but rinse gently and avoid the surgery site. The day after your oral surgery, gently rinse with a warm salt water mix at least four times, especially after meals.

2. Take Your Medication

For mild to moderate pain, Dr. Nielson recommends taking Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) either 600mg every 6 hours or 800mg every 8 hours. You can alternate with 2 tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours. For severe to moderate pain, the prescribed pain medicine will already have Tylenol in it.

If you experience rash or a mild reaction, stop taking the medication and call the office at 913.780.3100. If you experience breathing complications or another severe reaction, seek emergency attention immediately, and stop taking the medication.

3. Limit Physical Activity

We highly recommend limiting your physical activities for a day or two after surgery--no driving or operating heavy machinery, especially if you're taking narcotic pain relievers. You can resume normal activities when you feel comfortable.

4. Use Cold Objects to Reduce Swelling

Swelling after surgery is normal and can last between 3 to 5 days. You can minimize the swelling by using an ice pack. Place a small towel around the cold pack and place on the swollen area. Use the ice pack intermittently, 20 minutes on 20 minutes off, for the first 48 hours.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

To prevent dehydration, drink at least 5 to 6 glasses of water a day. Drink from the glass or use a spoon and avoid using straws. After the first day, start eating soft foods again and make sure to chew away from the surgical site.

Have More Questions?

You can find more information about after surgery care on our website. If you have more questions about your recovery or have any concerns about an upcoming appointment, contact us at 913.780.3100 

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