In certain instances, oral surgery may be necessary to maintain optimal oral health and function. However, when it comes to post-operative healing, it can be quite uncomfortable. Fortunately, they are remedies to minimize your discomfort and promote a speedy recovery. In this article, let's discuss the remedies for oral surgery pain and how long it will take to recover.
For the next 24 hours after surgery, applying a cold compress or ice packs on your face against the operated area for about 15 minutes can help numb your nerves and minimize pain and swelling.
A warm towel or cloth against the painful area can also help decrease pain and promote faster healing.
Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help kill bacteria, reduce plaque build-up in the mouth, and soothe the pain. To make a saltwater rinse, mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish the solution around the mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit. You can use it several times daily to keep your mouth clean, especially after eating.
Certain herbal teas like chamomile and peppermint tea have a calming effect on the body and can help reduce pain and inflammation.
A 2014 study found that honey dressings for dry sockets significantly reduced edema, pain, and inflammation. Applying honey to the affected areas also prevents infections.
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties and is highly effective for soothing pain and reducing swelling. Apply an aloe Vera gel to the surgical site to reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing.
Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that can help minimize pain and swelling after surgery.
Generally, how long it will take to heal from oral surgery will depend on your general health, your type of surgery, and compliance with aftercare instructions. On average, recovering from oral surgery takes about 1 - 2 weeks. Following your dentist's or surgeon's aftercare instructions will help you recover faster and prevent complications. Visit our oral surgeon near you if you experience any post-surgery complications.
Below are several things you can do to facilitate speedy recovery after oral surgery:
For more information about oral surgery aftercare and recovery, contact Peak Dental - South Austin to make your appointment today.