When we have surgery, simple or complex, the question is always: how long will it take to return to normal?
Naturally, after a few hours of surgery, there is oedema (swelling) of the surrounding tissues, i.e. the cheek or the lips.
However, with the new technologies and experienced health professionals at the Hugo Madeira Clinic, surgery is no longer traumatic.
This oedema occurs due to an inflammatory reaction that originates after the surgery and can occur about 24 hours up to 48 hours later, depending on the surgical complexity and each individual case.
To avoid this as much as possible and to make the postoperative period as comfortable as possible, some recommendations must be followed:
- Follow the medication prescribed by the Dentist;
- Ice application for 24 hours after surgery – ice is the best anti-inflammatory;
- Adopt a liquid/soft and cold diet for the first few days;
- Do not exert any physical effort or exercise for the first few days until the surgical area has healed;
- Sleep with your head elevated, decreasing the possibility of bleeding;
- Avoid alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and sun exposure;
- Do not rinse vigorously and avoid spitting (as this may prevent the formation of the clot needed for healing and lead to possible bleeding);
- Correct oral hygiene: use a to clean the operated area, and do not neglect the hygiene of the other teeth;
- Notify your dentist of any symptoms, such as fever, flushing, difficulty cleaning, loss of appetite, bleeding, darker placement, or the appearance of pus.
Recovery time from surgery can take a few days, depending mainly on the complexity of the surgery. You must follow the post-operative recommendations to have a smooth recovery period.