Some dental problems need oral surgery, which can be done by either your dentist or an oral surgeon. You may experience some pain, bleeding and swelling afterwards, however if these become excessive then you must call your medical professional immediately. Furthermore, if you feel nauseous, have a fever, or find any pains or swelling to increase rather than go down in the days following your surgery, you should seek medical attention.
You will be receiving either a general or a local anesthetic to help with your pain during the surgical procedure. Your pain will kick in when the anesthesia starts to wear off, as well as some soreness and discomfort that can last up to five days. It is important to rest, especially if you are given antibiotics to help prevent any infections.
Gauze pads are used to help stop bleeding after an oral surgery. They need to be held in place for at least an hour, after which time minimal bleeding may be prevalent. Seek medical attention if the bleeding becomes excessive and the use of further gauze pads is not mitigating the issue.
Swelling After Oral Surgery/Sore Jaw
Each person reacts to surgery in their own way and the swelling that follows most oral surgeries can last for up to a week. There can be bruising after the surgery, and sore jaw muscles can make it difficult to fully open your mouth for several days.