After the surgery is completed, you’ll rest for a while under close observation as you recover from the anaesthetic. When the dentist or oral surgeon is satisfied with your progress, you’ll be able to go home. You should probably plan to rest and take it easy for the next few days. Since swelling and pain are likely, you will probably be given a prescription for pain medication, as well as instructions for your home recovery.
The healing process begins immediately after surgery. The body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket. To control excessive bleeding, you may be instructed to bite down on a piece of gauze, applying constant, direct pressure to the area. This helps a blood clot to form in the socket. In a day or 2 after surgery, soft tissue begins to fill in the opening. New bone tissue also begins to grow in the socket, becoming denser over the next 2 to 3 months.
It is recommended to drink clear liquids at first and a cold compress will also help with the soreness. You should not brush or floss the area near the surgery, but continue to brush the rest of your teeth very carefully.
A follow-up visit may also be scheduled to verify that the socket is healing properly and that your mouth is returning to a normal, healthy state. If you have any questions or concerns while you’re recovering from your surgery, contact any of our 3 offices in Ajax, Whitby and Pickering.