You have just had minor oral surgery which may be the removal of impacted wisdom teeth or other surgical extraction of teeth, excision of minor oral mucosal or bony lesions etc.
Severity of post operative events and healing of the surgical site is variable depending on the procedure and your physical condition. Recovery period is between 48 to 72 hours. You should take extra care to avoid complications.
The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
The surgical area will swell, and the swelling peaks on the 2nd or 3rd post-operative day.
Bleeding may be prolonged especially if one is taking blood thinning medications.
It is not unusual to develop bruising cheek next to the area of an extraction.
Difficulty in opening your mouth wide for a few days, due to trismus (stiffness of the muscles).
A sore throat / earache may develop.
You other teeth may ache temporarily due to referred pain.
The corners of the mouth are stretched out during surgery, so they may dry and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with cream or ointment.
There will be a space where the tooth was removed. This cavity will gradually fill in with new tissue.
There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24 to 48 hours, but if temperature continues, please contact the office.
» Numbness of lips and/or tongue on the affected side may be experienced for a variable period of time.
You will have to contact your doctor if any of the above symptoms are severe or persistent.