Frequently Asked Questions
Is oral surgery painful?
Oral surgery is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, ensuring that patients are comfortable and experience minimal pain during the procedure. However, it’s common to experience some discomfort or swelling in the days following the surgery. Your oral surgeon will provide you with appropriate pain management instructions and medications to alleviate any postoperative discomfort.
How long does the recovery period usually last after oral surgery?
The recovery period can vary depending on the type of oral surgery performed and the individual’s healing process. In general, most patients can expect a recovery period of a few days to a couple of weeks. Your oral surgeon will provide specific instructions on post-operative care and activities to help expedite the healing process.
Will I need to take time off work or school for oral surgery?
The amount of time needed off work or school will depend on the nature of the oral surgery performed and individual factors such as pain tolerance and recovery speed. Some procedures may require a day or two of rest, while others may necessitate a more extended recovery period. It’s advisable to discuss this with your oral surgeon beforehand and plan accordingly to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Will I be able to eat normally after oral surgery?
Depending on the type of oral surgery performed, there may be dietary restrictions during the initial stages of recovery. For example, after wisdom teeth removal or jaw surgery, a soft food diet is often recommended for a certain period. Your oral surgeon will provide you with specific dietary guidelines to ensure proper healing and minimize any strain on the surgical area.