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What to expect in oral surgery?
January 18, 2022  |  Dental care

What to expect in oral surgery?

Oral surgery is recommended whenever diseases, defects and injuries affect the teeth, gums, jaw or mouth of an individual. Oral surgery is considered when other treatment options fail to show results. The oral surgeon usually proceeds with corrective options for damaged teeth, repairing broken teeth, removal of wisdom teeth and improving the overall health of the jaw. Most of these oral surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis. It means a patient is responsible for their own health once the oral surgery is completed. Oral surgery can be defined as a procedure that involves cutting or removal of tissues from the mouth.

Types of Common Oral Surgeries

  • Removal of Teeth

  • Gum Surgery

  • Removal of decayed or diseased tissue from the mouth

  • Dental Implants

  • Rectifying jaw problems

  • Cleft Palate Treatment

An oral surgeon should have completed post-graduate training in oral surgery. You should check for all the credentials of the oral surgeon and whether they have proper licenses to perform oral surgery etc before proceeding ahead with oral surgery. 

There are a few symptoms which you should expect after the completion of oral surgery.


The oral surgery is performed by giving an anaesthetic. Once the oral surgery is completed and the anaesthetic wears off, the person may experience pain which is normal. The pain will be relatively higher for 48 hours and then the pain will slowly begin to reduce. If the pain does not stop, the oral surgeon will help you get relief from pain by prescribing pain medications that you should consume exactly as prescribed by the oral surgeon. Alcohol consumption is not recommended while taking pain medication. So avoid it. You should ask the dentist about what to eat after oral surgery.  


You may develop facial swelling right after the surgery and it could remain for the first 24 hours to a maximum of one week. Once the swelling decreases, you may also experience some bruising which also will go on its own after 10 days. You should ask the dentist for tips in managing swelling that occurs right after the oral surgery. 


Bleeding may occur within some hours of the surgery and is a common symptom after completion of oral surgery. The person who has undergone surgery may experience oozing for the first 24 hours. You may experience a feeling of constant bleeding happening due to the mix of blood with saliva. However, if the bleeding still does not stop after 4 hours of firm gauze press, then consult your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.   

Island Dental in Gilbert, AZ provides specialized dental services ranging from orthodontics, cosmetic and family dentistry, periodontal care etc. Latest tools and technologies such as Digital X-Rays are used in providing the safest and most effective treatment for the patients. For oral surgery, get in touch with Island Dental in Gilbert immediately.