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What are tips to help me recover from oral surgery?

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After oral surgery, do these things to aid recovery:

  • Spend the rest of the day resting.
  • Keep the area clean of food to prevent infection.
  • In the first 24 hours, ice your jaw for 30 minutes, remove for 15 minutes, then do it again. If swelling worsens, call your doctor.
  • Gently bite on gauze to slow bleeding. If it’s heavy, call your doctor.
  • Eat cool, soft foods.
  • Call your dentist right away if you have infection, fever, swelling for more than 2 days, or trouble swallowing or breathing.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Patient Education: "Preparing for Third Molar Removal."

Mayo Clinic: "Wisdom Tooth Extraction."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on May 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Patient Education: "Preparing for Third Molar Removal."

Mayo Clinic: "Wisdom Tooth Extraction."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on May 18, 2018

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