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The recovery period after oral surgery is usually uneventful, but complications do arise from time to time. For this reason, it’s important to pay close attention in the days following a surgical procedure and to be on the lookout for a few red flags.

Warning Signs of Oral Surgery Complications

While some symptoms and signs of complications will vary depending upon the particular procedure, there are some universal signs you should seek dental treatment after oral surgery.

Some bleeding is normal after a surgical procedure, but in most cases, you should not be bleeding more than 24 hours after surgery. A low-grade fever does occur in some patients immediately after oral surgery but should subside by the next day. A persistent low-grade fever, or one which gets increasingly higher, is a possible sign of infection. You should also be mindful of these symptoms, which could indicate an infection:

  • Swelling of the gums, jaw or face that does not subside or gets worse
  • Discharge or oozing sores
  • Throbbing pain that does not respond to medication
  • Foul-smelling breath, or an unpleasant taste in the mouth

What to Do When You Suspect Oral Surgery Complications

Whenever you suspect a complication after a surgical procedure, it’s always imperative to seek medical attention.

If you’re preparing for a dental procedure or are recovering and suspect complications, call Dynamic Dental Solutions today. Our expert care team provides the very best in cosmetic, restorative and sedation dentistry.


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