Postoperative Pain Management

After oral surgery, your jaw and gums are going to be sore. A certain amount of pain is to be expected, and depending on the procedure you had done, that amount can vary significantly. This is coupled with your ability to deal with pain. Some people handle pain well, others not so much, and of course certain people handle certain kinds of pain better than others. But there are some signs that are universal, and you should not have to deal with too much postop pain.

What is postoperative care?

When you get oral surgery done, you will receive a long list of things to do and things to not do. While the things to do section is aimed your personal comfort with the assumption that you will be in some amounts of postop pain, the things not to do section is to be taken seriously regardless of postoperative pain. They are there as a preventative measure, to make sure nothing goes wrong. In fact, most cases of postoperative pain, postoperative swelling and postoperative bleeding are caused by not paying attention to the do not section of the post operative instructions. 

Postoperative infection and the blood clot

The worst possible thing that can happen is that the extraction site, implantation site, or the gums around the stitches contract some sort of bacterial infection. This bacterial infection can come about as a result of not following the hygiene regulations, but it can also come about from neglecting some of the do nots on your post operative instructions. For instance, if you eat diary after an extraction, even though it says specifically not to, the bacterial cultures in the dairy may colonize your wound. 

Another important thing to mention is the bloodclot. After extraction or any serious damage to the gums, they form a blood clot. It is absolutely imperative that the bloodclot not be moved or disturbed, because if it is, you can expect the worst pain in your life. The blood clot is all that is there to prevent the formation of dry socket. 

Pain management postop

If you are feeling pain after 72 hours, you are definitely in trouble and need to see a dentist. But during that time, you may not want to be in pain, so take pain medication like ibuprofen or paracetamol for the first three days, or until there are any sore and swollen parts. Your doctor should have prescribed something stronger as well, just in case. If you still feel pain or have a swelling, there are several things to do. One is to desensitize the area, and clove oil works very well for this. Buy some at a health food store, put it on a rag and apply it very gently to the area. The area should go numb fairly quickly. Check if you still have your blood clot. If not, go to the dentist immediately. Gargle with salt water if you think that you may have a bacterial infection, or if you feel any itching around the site. Do not gargle if you have a blood clot, as this may remove or dislodge it.