Oral and maxillofacial surgery is commonly referred to as oral surgery and sometimes dentoalveolar surgery. Oral surgeries include any surgical procedures associated with the teeth, soft tissues, or jaws—from wisdom teeth removal to cleft palate repair.
Louisville Oral Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training to treat a variety of conditions affecting the face, mouth, and jaw. Common procedures include dental implants, tooth extractions, or improving the fit of dentures.
Oral surgeons perform simple and complex surgeries and care for accident victims who need reconstructive dental surgery. They can also perform soft tissue biopsies, tumor removal, jaw realignment surgery, soft tissue repair, or positioning of implants.
How long does an oral surgery take?
Most procedures will only take a few hours to complete. Depending on how extensive the procedure was and what type of anesthesia was used, you may need to stay a few more hours to recover. Even if your procedure only takes a few hours, you should plan on avoiding activity and resting for the rest of the day.
How long does it take to recover from an oral surgery?
Most patients take 1-2 weeks to fully heal from an oral surgery. Additionally, patients should expect to rest for 2-3 days immediately following the surgery. Pain after the surgery can vary depending on what surgery you had done and how extensive it was. You will be prescribed medication to help with the pain management post-surgery.
What are tips to help with recovery after an oral surgery?
There are many things you can do to help speed up your recovery after an oral surgery. See our list of tips to help ease your recovery:
- Rest for at least 1 day
- Follow post-surgery instructions
- Apply ice to your jaw to help reduce swelling
- Avoid disturbing the blood clot
- Practice good oral hygiene to keep the surgery site clean
- Do not smoke for at least 1 week following the procedure
What foods should I eat after oral surgery?
Following your procedure, we recommend that you eat cool, soft foods. Soft foods will be much easier to consume and are less likely to disturb any blood clots. We recommend foods such as:
- Mashed Potatoes
It is also important to stay hydrated following your procedure, so be sure to drink lots of water. However, do not drink with a straw, as this can dislodge the blood clots. We also advise avoiding carbonation, alcohol, and other hot beverages for a week.
If you have more questions about oral surgery, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.