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Recovery After Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Elderly woman enjoying her new smileRecovery post-oral and maxillofacial surgery will depend on the type of surgery you get. Most patients will experience sensitivity, discomfort, swelling, and bleeding the first few days, but your dental surgeon will recommend medications to ease discomfort. Here is what recovery looks like post-oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Swelling And Irritation

After oral and maxillofacial surgery, you will experience achiness, popping or clicking sounds, and tightness when you smile or laugh. Your tissues will also swell to their peak for the next few days after discharge, and it will take a few weeks or months to attain their final definition.


Immediately after surgery, certain areas of your teeth, gums, and mouth will be numb, Full sensation will return slowly over the next six to nine months. You may also experience tingling. Your dental surgeon will advise on the facial exercises needed to aid in your recovery over time.

Jaw Movement

The lower jaw is the only one that moves when you eat or talk, and if you only had a maxillary surgery, you can start moving it immediately. As healing occurs, your upper jaw may also move slightly but will stabilize over the following weeks.

If your surgeon did not wire your jaws closely as part of the treatment, they will advise you to move it slowly as comfort permits. You can also try forward movements as soon as you can and try opening your jaw further with every week of recovery. Use your fingers to measure your progress, and you should be able to open up to two fingers in a month and two and a half fingers by the third month.

Contact Our Offices for Any Recovery Queries

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a life-changing procedure that will improve your quality of life by addressing challenges with your jaw, mouth, or teeth. The recovery process will vary among individuals, and you should be patient with your experiences. However, if you have significant challenges during this period, contact our oral and maxillofacial surgeon immediately for further treatment and advice.
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