If you’re preparing to have oral surgery, you might be wondering what the recovery period will look like. The recovery timeline can vary based on the type of surgery you have, your age, and your health. If at any time you have questions about your surgery or recovery, contact the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

What are the various types of oral surgery?

Oral surgery can include dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, extractions, jaw repairs, and root canals. Each of these have a different recovery timeline based on the number of teeth removed and location of removal.

What does the recovery timeline look like? 

First 24 Hours

Immediately after surgery, the patient should have someone drive them home while recovering from general anesthesia. Rest is important. You may experience bleeding, but ice packs and gauze can help with the swelling.

Day 2

Individuals who have gone through surgery may opt to take pain relievers. The bleeding should have stopped by day 2, and the healing process will begin.

First Week

After a few days, you may return to normal activities as instructed by your surgeon. Depending on the type of surgery, you may have a follow up appointment to check the healing process.

Recovery Tips for Extractions

  • Avoid brushing or flossing the treatment area for a few days after the procedure
  • Do not use a straw or spit in the first 24 hours
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit physical activity in the first few days
  • Use cold compresses and medication as needed

Whether you require implants, teeth removal, or a root canal, the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can help. Our team can work with you to answer any questions regarding oral surgery and the recovery process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.