How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy After Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can address many dental and mouth conditions. It’s usually performed if you have tooth damage, an infection, or abnormal gum tissue. You need to follow certain guidelines after oral surgery to keep your mouth healthy. Otherwise, you’re at risk of infection.

Knowing what to do after oral surgery can help your mouth heal properly. Kerry M. Bloom, DDS, has been performing oral surgeries for more than 40 years. In this blog post, he explains what to do after oral surgery to keep your mouth healthy.

Types of oral surgery

Dr. Bloom is one of the only dentists in Houston, Texas, who offers in-office oral surgery. He understands how difficult it can be trying to find outside specialists. So he focuses on minor oral surgery procedures. They include tooth extractions, dental implants, and biopsies.

Tooth extractions

Tooth extractions are one of the most common oral surgery procedures. You may need a tooth extraction for many reasons, such as:

Dr. Bloom can determine if you need a tooth extraction during your appointment.

Dental implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth. We insert titanium roots into your jawbone to replace your missing roots. It's performed after a tooth extraction heals.


Gum biopsies test gum tissue. You might need one if you have any abnormal gum tissue. Dr. Bloom and his team take a sample of your gum tissue and have it tested in an outside lab.

Oral surgery aftercare

Most minor oral surgeries involve the same recovery steps. These steps include:

Tooth extractions and dental implants involve more care than biopsies. After tooth extraction, a blood clot forms at the extraction site. Make sure the blood clot isn't dislodged, as it can cause a dry socket. Dry socket exposes your bone and nerves, causing severe pain.

When recovering from a tooth extraction or dental implants, keep the gauze in place so a blood clot can form. Don't rinse your mouth or use a straw during the first 24 hours. This can dislodge the clot.

You might have some minor pain and discomfort after a biopsy. And depending on how much gum tissue Dr. Bloom takes, you may need stitches. Make sure you avoid brushing around your biopsy site while it's healing.

Like any surgery, there’s always some risk of infection. That’s Dr. Bloom and his team always provide detailed steps for at-home recovery.

To learn more about our oral surgery procedures and recovery, schedule your appointment online or call our office at 713-581-8033. 

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