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How do I make a recovery easier at home after OMS surgery

Posted on 6/6/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
How do I make a recovery easier at home after OMS surgeryHealing and recovery after an OMS surgery depend on several things, such as the type of anesthesia used, the condition treated, and the patient's involvement in the process. It is advisable to make a few adjustments to one's daily routine to fasten the recovery. Complications might arise if the recovery recommendations are not adhered to.

Tips to fasten recovery

A patient should maintain good oral hygiene habits to keep away bacteria and keep the surgical site protected. Unnecessary touching and forceful movements should be avoided as they could worsen bleeding or make a recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Mostly, a surgeon will recommend applying ice packs at intervals on the operated area to reduce the pain and swelling. A warm compress may also be advised if a patient had an infection before the operation.

It is essential to rinse the mouth with salt water to flush off bacteria, especially after a meal. It is also a remedy for swelling. Diet after surgery should comprise soft liquid foods. These reduce a lot of strain on the operated area. It is also advised to consume more cold drinks and nutrition to help with the swelling. Simple jaw exercises could help minimize the risk of locking and stiffness. However, strenuous activities should be avoided as they put too much strain on the operated area.

Lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco and alcohol consumption, preferably until recovery is complete, are helpful. Smoking, drinking, or vaping increases the risks of infection and further inflammation. Smoking also thins blood vessels making a recovery very lengthy. It also causes dry sockets that could be painful. It is essential to use pain medication prescribed by the dentist in pain. Antibiotics also help combat the risk of infection and fasten healing. Bleeding, if it occurs, should be controlled using gauzes. A patient needs to rest adequately and follow the post-operation recovery instructions recommended by the dentist.

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