Oral surgery is the generic term for any surgery in the oral cavity.
Oral surgery is a special subject in the area of odontology. Oral surgery entails any surgery in the oral cavity. Oral surgery may include:
- Implant dentistry
- Extraction of wisdom teeth
- Parodontal operation
- Elevation the sinus base
The surgery outlined above is always carried out with local anaesthetics. A narcosis is not necessary. Before any oral surgery we recommend our patients to take 500mg Mefenacid as it may mitigate pain and inflammation.
As surgery always involves an incision (cut), local swellings are often observed in the aftermath. The swelling usually increases during the first three days and then slowly begins to wear off.
Of course you will receive pain relievers after an operation to ensure a healing of any wounds with as little pain as possible. The senasation of pain is normal once the effect of the injection has worn off. The prescribed pain reliefer is to be taken according to instructions. Should the pain not have worn off after 3 to 5 days, the wound must be examined.
Secondary bleeding and traces of blodd in your saliva during the first couple of days are quite normal and no reason to be alarmed. Should you experience an unexpected strong secondary bleeding, please bite on the sterile pad, which we will provide you with for 15-20 minutes and make sure your head is positioned high. Further you should sit down and cool down. Should the bleeding still not wear off, please notify us immediately.
To reduce swellings we recommend to cool the swollen area. So called cold-packs have proven to be the easiest an best way to cool a swelling.
A wound which has been closed with several stitches should preferably not be cleaned with a toothbrush. During the first couple of days we recommend chemical cleaning by using a mouth lavage. This does not mean however, that the rest of the teeth should not be cleaned with a toothbrush. On the contrary, optimal mouth hygiene is the foundation for the success of every operation.
Oerations in the area of the upper jaw bear the risk of opening the maxillary sinus. In case of an open maxillary sinus you may by no means blow your nose as this would cause the wound to reopen and cause air to leak into the surrounding tissue.
Following guidelines may allow an unproblematic healing of the wound:
- No smoking during the first 10 days
- Eating and drinking only after the anesthesia has worn off
- No hot food or drinks during the first 48 hours
- No physical efforts
- Avoid any impact of heat, such as sauna, solarium or sunbath