How To Recover Properly From Corrective Jaw Surgery

8 June 2023
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Are you about to have corrective jaw surgery? Jaw surgery can seem overwhelming, however, getting through the surgery should be easy enough with the help of your doctor.

The recovery part of the surgery is what you need to focus on. Most of your recovery will be done at home and you must know exactly how to take care of yourself. This will ensure that your recovery is successful. Here are some tips for getting through the recovery stage of your corrective jaw surgery.

Limit Your Activities 

You must limit your activities after surgery. The intensity of your movements should be reduced while you are in recovery. Try to rest as much as possible.

Try not to talk too much as well. If you can avoid spitting then you should. Spitting may disturb your surgical wound if you're not careful. You need to protect the surgical site, as much as you can.

Be Careful Of What You Eat

You will need to be careful about what you eat after surgery. There are some foods that you cannot have. If the food you like is hard in any way, then you need to find a way to blend or process it before you consume it. 

However, the best types of foods to eat are soft foods. These foods will require as little chewing as possible. Great food choices are mashed potatoes, soft pasta, and sandwiches made from soft bread.

Use a Cold Compress

Your face will have swelling and bruises after your jaw surgery. One way in which you can help reduce the pain and swelling is by using a cold compress on your jaw whenever possible. 

You can ask advice from your doctor about how often you should use your cold compress. 

Raise Your Head

Elevating your head is another tactic you can use to help reduce facial swelling. Lying flat is not a good idea as it can prevent blood flow. Try to keep your head above your heart whenever possible.

You can use a few pillows to keep your head elevated. This will help to promote blood flow and reduce any facial swelling you may have.

Recovering from your corrective jaw surgery requires preparation. However as you can see, there are several ways in which you can go about making yourself as comfortable as possible after surgery. Be sure to combine more than one of the suggestions here for the best possible results.