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Post-Operative Guidelines After Orthognathic Surgery

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Andrew Admin
Image of a smiling woman after finding out her dental care is affordable at Delaware Periodontics in Wilmington, DE.Before being released from the hospital, the doctor will give you a few guidelines to take care of the wound until the next dental checkup. Familiarizing yourself with the post-op instructions can help you have a smooth recovery. The level of care you give to your mouth plays a significant role in healing and averting infections.

Oral care analysis

Diet is important. For the first two weeks, start with soft pureed foods such as mashed potatoes. In other words, consume foods that will not scratch or irritate the wound. Avoid touching the wound at all costs. Too much rinsing and spitting could facilitate bleeding and disturb the blood clotting process. It may be difficult to brush your teeth for the first 24 hours. However, after that, brush gently with a soft-bristled brush and ensure you rinse your mouth with salty water after every meal.

Cosmetic care tips

In the first week, it is normal to notice swelling. However, the swelling diminishes over time. Doctors recommend the use of ice packs for the first 24 to 72 hours of swelling. You can apply the ice packs to your face for 20 minutes each time with intervals of 20 to 30-minute breaks. If you can sleep in a recliner and elevated position, the better. An elevated position also helps to reduce the swelling. For the first week after surgery, ensure that you do not apply makeup or creams unless our doctors have given you an express go-ahead.

Medication and follow up

Doctors expect that you will have some periods of pain especially after the numbness has subsided. As such they will prescribe pain medications to help ease off the pain. Doctors also prescribe antibiotics to fight against bacterial and viral infections. Ensure that you take the medication given by our doctors to the letter. It is vital to stick to all follow-up dental appointments as discussed with our doctors. That way, our dentists can monitor the progress and address any complications that could arise. Our doctors are available on call 24/7 in case you notice any strange effects. Feel free to reach out for advice and dental consultations.

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