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Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|Oral surgery is any surgical procedure done to the mouth or jaw. While many people fear the surgery itself, the real danger of oral surgery lies in after the procedure has taken place.
This is because after oral surgery, there's a chance that your mouth will become infected. However, with the proper care, it's possible to avoid infection and have a speedy recovery.
After your surgery, our clinic will always give you post care instructions. Generally, these instructions consist of keeping your mouth clean while it heals. These instructions may change from patient to patient due to the specific surgery they have. We can promise that if you follow these guidelines closely, you will have no problem with infection.
How to Know if My Mouth is Infected
There are a few common signs to look out for after having oral surgery. Inflammation of the surgical site is usually the sign that you will see first. You can spot inflammation by either sight or feel. If your surgical site looks visibly swollen, there is a chance it has become infected. However, it's important to note that you may experience inflammation for a few days after your surgery. If inflation persists past a few days, your surgical site may have become infected.
Another sign of infection is pain. It's common to feel pain after oral surgery, and we will generally prescribe a pain medication for it. However, pain that lasts is problematic. Pain from oral surgery should decrease as time goes on. If it increases or stays the same for over a week, it could indicate infection.
If you are vigilant of these signs of infection after surgery, you can spot the infection quickly. Early detection of infection can help you get back on the road to recovery quicker. If you have noticed signs of infection after your oral surgery, contact us immediately. Please feel free to contact us for more information on how to prevent infection after oral surgery.