How Long is the Recovery Time After Oral Surgery?

By: Capital District Team


At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we proudly offer a full spectrum of oral surgeries. And while each has a different recovery timeline, along with specific care instructions, they all share a common thread: you can expect to receive the utmost care personalized just for you, before, during, and after your procedure.

Our team of expert surgeons takes great pride in offering a wide variety of services to correct any dental problems. And we’re equally devoted to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction. So, contact us today and discover how we can best help you. And we warmly welcome you to visit us at one of our practices in Albany and Latham, NY.

But before we tackle the subject of recovery, let’s take a quick look at some of the services we offer and some general post-treatment guidelines.

Procedures and recovery considerations

After common procedures, like tooth extraction, we recommend you eat soft foods and avoid temperature extremes by consuming warm or room-temperature foods and drinks for a few days afterward. It’s also essential to avoid smoking, spitting, or using straws. These activities disrupt proper blood clotting and may cause bleeding. We also recommend you avoid alcohol since it slows the healing process.

If you receive dental implants or undergo many other types of surgery, the resulting tenderness and swelling may be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Temporary inflammation and bruising may also occur in the gums and face. Still, it’s vital to continue a proper oral care regimen to prevent infection or the accumulation of food particles and bacteria.

Some oral surgeries, specifically those that focus on the structure of the bone (such as bone grafts and apicoectomy), may require a lengthier overall healing period. Even after swelling dissipates, it may take several months for the bone to “fill in” or for the graft to integrate itself into the structure of your mouth. But you’ll likely be back to your everyday routine much sooner.

No matter which variety of in-office treatment you pursue, our experienced surgeons will provide specific cleaning details to ensure your best outcome. They will also give thorough aftercare instructions, including any necessary prescriptions and recommendations for medicines, such as pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or antibiotics.

And to avoid a re-aggravation of the surgical site, we’ll provide a comprehensive overview of any diet restrictions or considerations that may speed up and promote complete healing. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment to check that your post-treatment regimen is progressing without complication. For more details or to schedule a professional consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

How long will swelling last?

Our experienced surgical team ensures your safety and comfort through your dental journey. But, as with all surgeries, some swelling will occur afterward. It’s also expected that you may feel some discomfort, tenderness, or pain for a few days following your procedure as your mouth heals.

Rest and relaxation are essential after you’ve had your procedure. The swelling will typically peak 24 – 48 hours after surgery and will likely subside significantly after a week or so. You may notice major, sometimes even complete, improvement within ten days. Though, some swelling may last up to two weeks after your surgery, depending on the procedure and your personal considerations.

Accompanying bruising may take slightly longer to disappear. One way to accelerate the healing process is to place a cold compress against the affected area during the first day after your surgery, during which you should avoid using heat. But after 24 – 48 hours, you can switch to a warm compress to increase blood flow and improve recovery.

Find out more about recovery time after oral surgery in Albany or Latham, NY

These timelines are never set in stone, as the healing process varies by person and procedure. So, if you have any concerns, or if you experience lingering or worsening post-surgery discomfort of any kind, please contact us at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, so we can ensure your peace of mind and an optimal dental outcome. We also invite you to visit one of our practices in Albany or Latham, NY.

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