What will I be like after surgery?

by on June 2, 2017

You will need to go home and rest the day of surgery. You will be given instructions on how to stop bleeding and pain medication will be used to control pain. The next 4-5 days are when the pain, swelling, and tightness of the jaw are most prominent. Vigorous activity should be avoided. Drinking plenty of fluids is advisable, and eating will be difficult, so a soft diet is essential. Keep in mind that the surgical sites will go through several stages of healing and it is normal for other teeth to feel like they are shifting. This will all settle down after a few weeks.

By day 7, there will be only minor symptoms remaining. The tightness of the jaw is usually the last symptom to go away. At the end of two weeks, you will be back to normal, eating a regular diet and exercising again. Be aware that each person reacts differently after surgery. Some people heal faster than others.