Masked dental professionals holding surgical tools look down on a patient before oral surgery.

How Long Does Oral Surgery Recovery Take?

December 15, 2020 5:37 pm | Published by

You may need oral surgery if you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Other tooth extractions, bone grafts, root canals and dental implants are also forms of oral surgery. Meadow Creek Family Dentistry serves Spartanburg, Inman, and the surrounding communities. We offer gentle wisdom tooth extraction and other forms of oral surgery. Our team wants you to know what to expect as you recover from your oral surgery procedure.

The First Few Days

After you have oral surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort at the surgery site for a few days after your procedure. How long you have pain depends on your surgery, oral health, and overall health. For instance, after a wisdom tooth removal, you usually have tenderness for three to seven days. On the other hand, with a root canal, you generally only have mild pain for the first three days. Because dental implant surgery is a multi-step process, each stage has a different recovery time. Generally patients experience a little sensitivity after the insertion of the post but recovery time is quick. The remaining steps are even less invasive.

Pain Relief

Our team will provide detailed instructions to help speed up your recovery. One of the most important things you can do is get adequate rest. Strenuous activity could dislodge the blood clots at the surgery site resulting in bleeding or a painful condition called dry socket. Usually an over-the-counter pain reliever is all you’ll need to manage your discomfort. If you need something stronger, talk to us about available options. Periodic application of ice packs can help ease pain right after the surgery and so can biting down on a gauze pad. Depending on the type of surgery, gentle swishing with salt water can aid healing.

Diet Changes

There will be some dietary restrictions after your procedure. After your wisdom teeth removal, we recommend that you only consume soft foods like yogurt, oatmeal, apple sauce, toast, and warm broth for the first 24 to 48 hours. It’s also best to stick to mild flavors and avoid hot or cold foods. Obviously hard or chewy foods are going to be painful to bite down on and could damage the tender area. You’ll be back to your favorite foods in a short time if you’re careful for the first few days.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

During your recovery, it’s important that you keep the inside of your mouth clean to avoid infection. However, each oral surgery case is different. Our team will provide instructions specific to your type of oral surgery. This may include rinsing your mouth out with antiseptic or warm saltwater or it may mean avoiding this for a time. You may be advised to brush the rest of your teeth, steering clear of the surgery site. Follow the directions provided for the best results and talk to us about any concerns or questions you might have.

Stop Smoking

If you are a smoker, it’s in your best interest to quit smoking a few weeks before and after your surgery to optimize your recovery.

Gentle Care at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry

Your comfort is important to us both during your oral surgery and after! Follow our directions and your recovery should be a breeze. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. If you would like to know more about the types of oral surgery we provide, including extractions, root canals, dental implants or bone grafts, contact us for a consultation.


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