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Staying Upright Can Reduce Swelling After Oral Surgery

Posted on 11/9/2020 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Staying Upright Can Reduce Swelling After Oral SurgeryThere is a lot to say about remaining upright after you have had oral surgery. The following information gives you more details about this aspect of post-operative care.

Why You Need to Rest or Sleep Upright

If you have a tooth extracted or you want to schedule a tooth extraction, you need to know how to rest properly to recover faster. If you rest or sleep the wrong way, you can actually lengthen your recuperation time, which can end up being quite frustrating. For instance, it is never a good idea to lie on your back after oral surgery. While you might think resting upright is not as comfortable, it will facilitate quicker healing. In fact, after any type of oral surgery, we recommend that you sleep upright the first 2 to 3 nights. Doing so will allow the body to drain more fluid away from the extraction site. In turn, you will heal faster and swelling will be reduced.

How to Sleep Upright

To assume an elevated position, prop several pillows behind you for support, then simply doze off to sleep. Make sure the surface on which you are sitting or lying won't cause you to slide off, such as a slippery vinyl or leather couch. Besides sleeping or resting upright, you need to be cognizant of how you take care of your teeth and gums. Be extra gentle when cleansing the mouth. Use warm salt water rinses to support healing and eat soft foods. Do not use a straw until you've healed, as doing so can dislodge your clot. If you smoke, refrain from the activity as well. Take care of your mouth exactly as we direct. Again, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Focus on healing first and you will realize a quicker recovery.

If you need to schedule the removal of a tooth, give us a call today. Should you have questions during your recovery, we are here to help. We will try to make any oral surgery as pain-free and comfortable as possible.

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