Recovery and healing is crucial after a dental procedure, whether it is a minor or a major one. It is a must that a patient takes the proper steps and actions to speed up the process and make it less painful and agonizing as possible.
- Take it easy
Your orthodontist will advise you to rest well after the procedure. This is to speed up the healing process and prevent further bleeding. Take a leave at work and do not do any strenuous activities that might counter your recovery. Heavy exercises should not be done until your dentist says so.
- Take your meds on time
After the surgery, your dentist will give you instructions and the time intervals of your prescription. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure your full recovery. Get instructions before and after the surgery and write them if you can. Set an alarm to remind you if it is time take to take your meds.
- Advise your dentist
If you feel intense pain that cannot be relieved by your medication or anything unusual after the procedure, tell your dentist right away. Most dentists, Dubai–based or not, are available 24/7 for consultation and any dental emergency. It is important to let them know your condition so they can make the proper assessment and give the ideal medical treatment. Make sure you have his/her contact details.
- Stick to your post-surgery diet
Procedures like same day dental implants installation need special care. Your oral surgeon will give you a list of instructions on what food you should or should not eat. The most common is to avoid hot food and liquids 24 hours after the procedure. Same goes with alcohol intake.
- Get your ice pack ready
Swelling is common after a dental procedure. Be sure that you have an ice pack with you to help ease the swelling and avoid excessive bleeding. Apply the ice pack on the swollen area every 15-minutes until bedtime.
- Control your vices
Vices like smoking can interfere with the healing process. It can also cause bleeding since the sucking motion can extricate the blood clot on the surgery area. As much as possible, try not to light a stick 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not poke the affected area
Some patients find the urge to poke and prod the affected area. This can lead to infection and worsen your condition. Keep your hands/fingers off the affected area. Do not brush your teeth until your dentist gives you a go signal.
Remember that the recovery period is different for every patient. But you can hasten the process by following the instructions given by your dentist.