Could You Have an Infection Following Oral Surgery?
Posted on 12/20/2019 by Dr. Shaun Rai
After oral surgery, it's possible to have an infection. The best method to prevent infection after an oral surgery is to follow our instructions after having oral surgery performed.
Instructions change depending on what type or oral surgery is performed, but we will always provide you with information you need to stay healthy and avoid infection.
If you're worried about infection, there are some symptoms to look out for. It is important to always be vigilant after your oral surgery to catch signs of infection as quickly as possible. Infection has the potential to delay the healing process, and in some cases, it may be impossible for you to heal completely until the infection is gotten rid of.
Signs Of Infection
The first sign of infection to look out for after oral surgery are symptoms related to redness, irritation, swelling, and pain. It is normal to have these symptoms after oral surgery; however, they should reside over time. If these symptoms continue for longer than a few weeks, it is possible that your oral cavity has become infected.
Another sign to look out for is puss or white liquid near the point where oral surgery was performed. Puss is easily identified by it's opaque white to green color, and it is definitely an indication of infection. Sometimes it can be hard to see the site of surgery, so it may be beneficial to have someone check for you.
The last sign of infection is extended healing time. Healing times vary depending on the type of surgery you had, but we will always give you an expected healing time after surgery. If you have difficulty eating or drinking after our suggested healing time, it is possible that infection has taken place. If you have recently had oral surgery and think you may be at risk for infection, give our office phone a call. We will be able to help you make an appointment so that we can examine your oral surgery site.