If you've recently undergone oral surgery, you may be wondering how to reduce swelling and pain. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to make your recovery period more comfortable. To start, wrap up some ice cubes in a towel and apply it to the affected area. This can help reduce swelling and provide relief from pain.
Additionally, try to keep your head above your heart and sit up straight. When lying down, use a pair of pillows to raise your head. This can help reduce swelling as well. It's also important to avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery, as smoke will easily irritate the fresh wound from oral surgery and delay healing. Additionally, be sure to rest and recover for the first few days after oral surgery.
Avoid lifting heavy objects or doing strenuous exercise during this time. When it comes to food, it's best to consume only liquids or soft foods for the first or second day after oral surgery. Avoid chewing on hard, crunchy foods, such as popcorn and carrots, in the area where the oral surgery was performed for the first 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure. Finally, your oral surgeon will likely tell you not to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after oral surgery, but he will likely tell you to do so on the second day. If you have any questions or concerns about reducing swelling and pain after oral surgery, be sure to consult with an experienced oral surgeon. At Luke's OMs, our team is well versed in performing many oral surgery procedures and can provide you with the guidance you need for a successful recovery.