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Is Heat Ever a Good Idea Following Oral Surgery?

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Is Heat Ever a Good Idea Following Oral Surgery?Having oral surgery is a major procedure and it involves the removal and incision of the tissues in your mouth. This can include removing a tooth, having surgery on your gums, or having dental implants installed.

It also includes the removal and extraction of any and all infected tissues from your mouth, fixing problems with your jaw line, and even repair to a cleft palate or lip. There are certain things you want to avoid post-surgery and heat is definitely one of them. Let's discuss why and the alternatives.

Immediately Following Surgery

During the initial 24 hours post-surgery, you may experience a bit of swelling. Typically, it can last for about a week, often closer to 5 days. Once the swelling starts to subside, you may notice slight bruising on your jawline or face. It's not permanent and will disappear in approximately 2 weeks. Depending on how quickly you heal.

The most immediate reaction to swelling is to put a compress on the swollen area, but it's important to pay attention to the best practices as it relates to oral surgery swelling. For the first day, you will want to use only a cold compress on the affected area. This can be achieved by simply wrapping up a few ice cubes in a soft towel or using a bag of frozen veggies. Hold the compress on your face for no more than 10 minutes at a time and leave it off for at least 10 minutes in between each compress. Do this continuously for the first 24 hours, as much as possible, post-surgery.

If you have questions about how to best approach your oral surgery post care, please reach out to us to schedule a consultation, where we can discuss all of your options to alleviate your anxiety.

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