Like any surgery, recovery from oral surgery depends on the procedure and the person. Oral surgery procedures can be anything from a dental implant, to jaw surgery, to fixing a birth defect like cleft lip.
However, there are some general guidelines for recovery for oral surgery tested time and again on millions of patients worldwide. Learn more about recovery from your oral surgery.
Anesthesia During Oral Surgery
Recovery for oral surgery depends first on the type of anesthesia the oral surgeon uses during the procedure. Typically, you will recover faster from procedures that use smaller amounts of anesthetic medications.
With local anesthetic, you remain awake the whole time, but a certain part of your mouth, gum, or jaw is numbed using a local anesthetic like lidocaine. Nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen is a step up from local anesthesia. These types of anesthetics are used in minor procedures or tooth removal. Recovery for oral surgery with this type of anesthetic is relatively quick, as long as there aren’t any complications after surgery.
With IV and general anesthesia, you will fall asleep completely. These types are used in more complicated or long surgeries, so by the nature of the surgery, you’ll need more time for recovery. Additionally, you’ll need immediate recovery time to “wake up” and become conscious again in addition to recovering from incisions.
Recovery for Oral Surgery After Discharge
Recovery not only depends on the anesthesia used, but the complexity of your surgery. The more time the surgery takes and how complicated the surgery is, the longer your recovery time will be.
Teeth removal procedures have the fastest recovery time. You can expect to have some pain immediately after the removal, but should be able to resume your normal activities the next day – although most oral surgeons will recommend a soft-food diet for a few days after.
Recovery for procedures like wisdom teeth removal averages four days, but depending on how impacted the wisdom teeth are, could be slightly longer. You’ll experience swelling, pain, and discomfort for at least two to three days, and will continue to have mild discomfort and bruising for another two to four days after that.
Dental implants recovery may be more complex and therefore take much longer than other more common procedures. Dental implants are sometimes done in stages, and with each stage, you should expect a recovery time of between 10 to 14 days. If your oral surgeon has stitches that aren’t self-dissolving, they will be removed in about 10 days. You may have several days of gum swelling, minor bleeding, bruising, and pain, which should be gone within two weeks.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah will work to get you back to your normal lifestyle after a oral surgery. Learn more about the innovative procedures available in the office to minimize recovery for oral surgery.