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How Do Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Manage Complications?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryOptimal oral and maxillofacial health is critical to your overall well-being. It helps resolve dental and facial defects, boost your physical appearance, and enhance your quality of life. While advances in oral and maxillofacial surgery have made it safer and more predictable, post-operative risks, such as bleeding, numbness, and infection, exist. Fortunately, oral and maxillofacial surgeons employ various techniques and measures to manage possible complications, as explained below.

Comprehensive Examination and Patient Evaluation

Proper preoperative planning is critical to determining positive outcomes and preventing complications. Before any oral or maxillofacial surgical procedure, patients must undergo a thorough examination. Your surgeon will physically inspect your condition and conduct comprehensive tests, including 3D imaging and X-rays, to define your risk level and the appropriate surgical approach. You may have to fill out a questionnaire to provide more info about your medical history and current health status.

Preventive Procedures

Patients with compromised immune systems, heart problems, and prosthetic joint implants are vulnerable to infections after undergoing various medical procedures. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon may prescribe antibiotic prophylaxis (preventive antibiotics) prior to surgery to help reduce the risk of infection and related complications.

Sedation and Anesthetics

Surgeons often administer various anesthetic and sedative medicines to help you remain calm and comfortable before, during, and after surgery. The appropriate anesthetic depends on the complexity of the procedure. Local anesthesia is ideal for minor surgeries such as tooth extraction, while IV sedation is suitable for more complex procedures.

Postoperative Care

After surgery, you might experience slight bleeding, swelling, or numbness. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will provide guidelines to aid your recovery. We may also prescribe antibiotics and pain management medicines to help prevent infection and reduce discomfort. We recommend you follow the post-surgical instructions to expedite healing. Refrain from intense activities and observe good oral care practices to avoid complications.

Follow-Up Treatments

The recovery duration depends on the surgical procedure. Scheduling follow-up visits to our practice can help your surgeon monitor your healing progress and perform additional treatments if needed.

Contact Our Practice Today

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is becoming safer and more effective thanks to continuous research. Contact our practice today to learn more about our risk management procedures.

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