Infection Symptoms to Watch for After Oral Surgery
Posted on 12/7/2020 by Dr. Shaun Rai
The idea of undergoing oral surgery is one of the vital steps to achieving your overall wellbeing. This oral surgery procedure is there to reduce pain, prevent complications, and correct any form of deformity in your mouth. It is a treatment option that comes with great benefits to your oral health. However, infections may occur after the surgery, and this is one thing you need to know. So if infections ensue, you will be in a better position to take swift action to suppress the symptoms before they can cause further damage.
Post Oral Surgery Symptoms
You should know that infection after oral surgery is rare if you don't have any underlying medical condition. But if your immune system is compromised, you should expect symptoms such as swelling, bleeding, and numbness. Although these three signs are perfectly normal after surgery, you should watch out for symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, hot or cold sensitivity, confusion, and fatigue.
Others may include difficulty swallowing or breathing, increasing swelling of your face, gums, jaws, and experiencing some difficulties when opening your mouth. In some cases, you may discover oozing discharge such as pus from the affected area or experience prolonged bleeding that lasts for 24 hours or even more. A low-grade fever that increases gradually or persists long after surgery and persistent throbbing pain that does not go away even after taking pain killers may also become apparent after oral surgery.
You can prevent oral surgery infection by taking necessary preventive steps. One of them is to follow the surgeon's instructions. Most likely, these directives will show you how to keep the affected area clean, what to eat or drink, and what medication to use to relieve pain. The surgeon will also guide you on how to suppress the swelling, control bleeding, and maintain proper dental hygiene. If you notice any symptoms such as those mentioned above, call us, and we will guide you on the way forward.