Most oral surgeries are standard procedures, and with advances in medical care being made every day, infection control practices are the best
that they’ve ever been. Still, infections do occur once in a while, and as the patient, it is your job to know what to look for so that you can seek follow-up care.
After Your Oral Surgery
Immediately after your oral surgery, you will probably be numb for a couple of hours, so be sure to use caution when eating or drinking. Pain medication should help you to stay comfortable. You should also follow your oral surgeon’s instructions for oral care and may want to gargle with a warm saltwater solution in order to keep your mouth clean and avoid infection.
Infections after oral surgery are rare, and when they do occur, they most commonly pop up with people who have compromised immune systems. One of the major signs of infection would be bleeding that is present for longer than normal, as most serious bleeding should stop within 24 hours of the procedure. The concern about an infection is that it could spread to other parts of your body, causing significant health problems.
Signs of an Infection
In addition to prolonged bleeding, there are other signs that may indicate an infection after oral surgery:
- Throbbing pain that isn’t going away with pain medication
- Increased swelling of the face, jaw, or gums
- Oozing discharge, especially pus
- A fever, especially a low-grade fever that either persists or increases
In most cases, an antibiotic will need to be prescribed to help rid the infection, but surgical intervention may be needed in certain scenarios. The most important thing to remember is that if you experience any sign of an infection that you contact our office right away for guidance.