Posted on 4/25/2020 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
We should always make it a point to stay on top of our oral health no matter what time of year it may be or whether or not we have any issues that require special or continual attention. But it is especially important to keep a close eye on how things are going following any type of oral surgery or other invasive dental procedure. Just as with any other similar type of surgery that you might have on other parts of your body, your doctor will want to closely monitor the situation not only to make sure that the procedure is serving its purpose, but also that that there are no complications or signs of trouble after the fact, particularly infection. To make sure that you aren't experiencing problems following your oral surgery, here are a few warning signs to be on the lookout for.
Continual Pain or SwellingIf you are at the point following surgery where the swelling and pain should be subsiding, but are not, it would be prudent to come in and visit with one of our dental professionals as quickly as you can. This could be a sign of a much larger problem.
Trouble Swallowing or BreathingThis is considered an emergency situation and should not even be put off the rest of the day or overnight. You need to act immediately, because if something like this becomes worse, it could lead to a trip to the emergency room. If you are experiencing any of these or other indicators that you may be dealing with an infection following a dental procedure, then you need to get in touch with our office immediately to schedule a time to come in for a conclusive examination. This is not an issue that should be ignored.