Tips to Prepare For & Recover From Your Dental Surgery

Dentist working with a patient

Are you gearing up for a dental procedure? The best way to minimize your recovery period and to have a successful surgery is to follow proper preparation and recovery tips. Below, we cover all the steps you should take before and after you go in for your surgery.

Prepare

  1. Ask Questions: It never hurts to be informed about the procedure that you will be undergoing. Your dentist will review the process with you, but you should always feel welcome to discuss the process with a medical professional.
  2. Have A Ride: Chances are that you will require someone to pick you up after your procedure. If you are being sedated, this is a must.
  3. Fast the Night Before: If you require sedation, you will need to limit any eating. Midnight before your procedure is typically the cutoff period. If you do eat, you may need reschedule your surgery for your own safety.
  4. Arrive Early: We recommend that you get to the office about 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This ensures that everything is ready at the time of your procedure.
  5. Wear Short Sleeves: It can be helpful to wear clothing with short sleeves so our dental assistants can take your vitals and administer any needed IVs more easily.

Recover

  1. Rest: After a procedure, you should be focused on taking it easy. That means staying home and limiting your activity so you can properly heal.
  2. Apply Ice: If you have swelling, use an ice pack in 15-minute increments to lessen any pain.
  3. Eat Soft, Cold Foods: You want to give your mouth a break after surgery, so we recommend soups (when cooled), yogurts, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and other soft foods.
  4. Clean Your Mouth: The next day, rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. Continue to repeat this process after every meal to help keep the area clean.
  5. Carefully Brush Your Teeth: Brushing is still important. You can avoid the area that was operated on until it has healed but remember to brush and floss the rest of your mouth.

Have questions concerning your scheduled surgery? Call St. Lukes OMS! We’d be happy to answer your questions and make sure that you are fully prepared for your procedure.