After the procedure
Dental surgery typically does not take as long as more invasive surgeries of the body. Because the mouth and gums are highly vascularized and sensitive, you can expect some bleeding and pain for several days after the surgery. Depending on the procedure, your dentist may place stitches or pack the wound with cotton to control bleeding.
You will likely be prescribed pain-relievers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, or mefenamic acid. Both branded and generic medications are acceptable. In some cases, stronger pain medications or antibiotics will be prescribed.
In addition to taking medications, you will need to adjust your diet for some time. Generally, this is a soft or liquid-based diet. This is to prevent the need for chewing, which can disturb healing.
Avoid hard or chewy food (e.g. caramel, gum, popcorn), especially after a dental implant as this can dislodge the implant.
Lastly, you should avoid smoking or drinking through straws after a dental procedure. This is because this may cause the blood clot to dislodge
How to prepare for your dental surgery
If you have previously had surgery done on other parts of your body, you already know that there are things you can and can’t do before the procedure. Oftentimes, doctors tell patients not to eat or drink anything except plain water at least 8 hours before their scheduled surgery. Additionally, you may need to stop taking certain medications.
In the case of dental surgery, your dentist may recommend stopping taking medications such as NSAIDs and blood thinners. This is to prevent excessive blood loss during the procedure. However, this is not necessary for all patients. Your dentist and physician should consult with one another to determine if your medications should be stopped.