After undergoing oral surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon's instructions for aftercare. This may include using a compression bandage for the first week after surgery, if you have had lower jaw surgery. In addition, oral surgeons often recommend that their patients wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth from damage. Although you may not want to wear a dental appliance, it is important to consider the benefits of wearing a mouth guard for your oral health. The American Dental Association has found that mouth guards can help reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.
In addition to the aftercare instructions for tooth extraction, there are special instructions that apply after bone graft surgery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully in order to ensure a successful recovery.