By Charlotte oral surgeon Dr. Priveer Sharma

Oral surgery can be an intimidating process, especially for patients already prone to stress in high-stakes dental or medical situations. With proper preparation, however, the entire process can prove a lot less painful. Don’t take your recovery lightly and expect to be back to your normal self in no time; it is surgery, after all, and it requires a little patience to fully bounce back. Follow these best practices and you’ll make a full recovery:

Get Plenty Of Rest Before Oral Surgery

The idea of increased rest may seem obvious, but most people simply can’t fathom the idea of taking it easy and relaxing when they have so much going on in life. Friends and family members can help. Ask a loved one for a ride home or to assist with everyday chores and other tasks. Refrain from any physical activities that could be considered strenuous. You’ve earned a little relaxation time, so take advantage of this opportunity.

Ice Up, Son

If you live in Charlotte, and are a Panthers fan, you know this expression. And it’s true in football as it is in oral surgery. You will almost certainly experience some level of swelling after surgery, so be sure to keep a bunch of ice packs nearby. The specific type of swelling common after oral surgery will usually go away within a couple of days — especially if you’re diligent about icing your face when it’s needed.

Watch What You Eat

Your oral surgeon will provide a list of the foods and beverages you should and shouldn’t consume following your procedure. Soft foods that lack texture are ideal. Examples include yogurt, applesauce, and certain soups. Be sure to check the temperature of your food, as excessively hot or cold substances may harm your already sensitive mouth.

Consult With An Experienced Charlotte Oral Surgeon Today

Recovering from surgery can feel like a major ordeal, but a few small tweaks can make the process a lot easier. Pay close attention to your oral surgeon’s advice, and you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time. Dr. Sharma is known in the South Charlotte area as having one of the best after-surgery take home packages in the business. If you’d like to truly recover in comfort and style, give us a call today and schedule your oral surgery visit.