October 9 2017
Following the recommendations of a maxillofacial surgeon is important to your health, literally. A maxillofacial surgeon is a person’s best ally in such a situation. So, if he or she recommends that a patient rests for a certain period, it is important to listen, no matter the excuse.
During the preoperative meeting, he or she will give the patient a list of recommendations that will allow them to plan his or her surgery. They will be able to choose a date for the operation that will suit them and that will allocate some time to properly heal. Here are some other things when considering oral maxillofacial surgery.
Attention to wounds
The first 24 hours following oral and facial surgery are decisive for the patient’s future. It is, therefore, recommended not to brush the wound. This will help the patient avoid further damage to the area.
However, excellent oral hygiene is essential for proper healing. It will help to avoid the risk of infection and optimize healing. Afterward, routine toothbrushing should resume.
During the first two days after oral and maxillofacial surgery, it is important to prioritize a diet with a soft consistency. By eating foods such as yogurt, soup, or meal replacements (Boost, Ensure), people will gain strength and accelerate the healing process. However, it is important to avoid hot food and drink with a straw (this could cause bleeding).
You should opt for small portions and try to eat three meals a day, even if you're nauseous. Finally, it is advisable not to open your mouth more than needed, and you should avoid chewing near the extraction site. In fact, oral and maxillofacial surgeons say it is crucial to drink a lot of water after surgery as this helps the healing process immensely.
A good rinse
After maxillofacial surgery and more specifically after a dental extraction, it is advisable to gargle with a mixture of saltwater several times a day, after each meal and before going to bed for the night. By mixing a ½ teaspoon of salt for each cup of water or 50% water 50% mouth rinse, you get a solution that disinfects the wound, desensitizes the gums and helps to avoid an accumulation of food inside the empty pockets where the tooth once stood.
Even if a person has a minor maxillofacial procedure like a dental extraction, it is important to rest for the first 48 hours. By being active, people run the risk of increased bleeding, swelling, and pain. Patients can resume normal activity after 48 hours.