If you have an infection after jaw surgery, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to contact your doctor. This type of situation is an unfortunate possibility after oral surgery. Nevertheless, oral operations are sometimes required, particularly when it comes to the difficult removal of embedded wisdom teeth.
What did you have oral or jaw surgery for? In this case, you have come down with an infection. Now, there are other tips that I need to tell you, and there are also tips you need to know how to help prevent infection. If, and in this case it did, an infection does occur, that doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. Things happen, and now let’s get down to some helpful tips.
First, the reason why you want to go to the doctor is that infections have to be treated medically for them to get better. You don’t want an infection to get worse. That being said, the ironic thing about infections is they often have to be treated orally. In this case, you have just had oral surgery, hence the irony.
Not all infections have to be treated orally, but we’re also talking about an infection that has set in after a surgical procedure. To be safe either way, you’re going to want to consult your doctor. After any medications have been prescribed, you want to focus on recovery.
You will want to of course get plenty of rest. You are going to want to make sure that you also protect the area where the operation was performed. You are going to have to stick to soft foods for a while, too. Directions to follow will be provided by your doctor. Just to give you an idea, the soft foods diet is typically for a week after oral surgery and on a baseline level. That means that usually after a week, your diet can be modified.
That, of course, doesn’t mean you’re going to move straight from eating mashed potatoes or ice cream right to a ribeye. Another thing you want to do is stay hydrated. You’re going to want to drink plenty of the right liquids in order to recover properly. Additionally, you need to know that for a period of 24 hours, you’re going to want to stay away from caffeine, hot beverages and anything carbonated.
You also are going to need to make sure you don’t use tobacco products or have any alcohol. You might want to use a cold compress as well. At the same time, you might be prescribed pain meds, and you want to be sure that you practice the best oral hygiene. It takes time to recover from a jaw operationor any other type of oral surgery. Take it one step and one day at a time. You are going to be just fine. You had to deal with an infection, but it happens, and the doctor is going to take good care of you.