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What Are The Risks And Complications After Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery?


Posted on 10/10/2022 by Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What Are The Risks And Complications After Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery?Like any other surgical procedure, oral and maxillofacial surgery has risks and complications. Fortunately, an oral surgeon can help to reduce the risk and heal safely. If you have an oral concern, it is good to understand what to expect after the surgery.

Common Risks and Complications after Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery



Bleeding

Bleeding after oral and maxillofacial surgery is normal. However, it should stop within 4-8 hours. When you experience oozing and occasional bleeding, it is best to talk to your oral surgeon since excessive bleeding can cause infection and other health issues. The oral surgeon may advise you to apply pressure with a gauze pad over the treated site. Another effective way to stop bleeding is by using a tea bag. Biting the tea bag for 45 minutes to 1 hour can help significantly.

Infection

Infection after maxillofacial surgery is rare. However, it can still occur. People with health issues such as diabetes and compromised immune system are at high risk of having infections after the surgery. Any infection should be addressed by an oral surgeon as soon as possible. The specialist will prescribe the right antibiotics to treat the infection. Some signs of infection may include pus formation, abnormal swelling and discomfort, and fever.

Dry socket

After tooth extraction, blood clot develops in the socket left. If the blood clot dislodges prematurely, it can leave the bone exposed to air and fluids, slowing down the healing process. Some of the causes of dry socket may include smoking and food impaction. This complication can be painful. Thus, it is good to contact your oral surgeon as soon as you notice it. The specialist can take precautions to alleviate the discomfort while healing continues.

Risks and complications after OMS can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. In this case, it is wise to consult your oral surgeon to know how to manage the risks.




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