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Reasons to contact your oral surgeon after surgery

Following an oral surgery, your doctor will tell you to call them in the event of a problem, complication or emergency. Here are some of the most common reasons to contact your oral surgeon after surgery.

Significant bleeding

It is normal to experience some bleeding following oral surgery, particularly if you have had one or more wisdom teeth extracted.

Bleeding should generally slow down after biting on gauze for several hours following surgery. Significant bleeding without any slowing down may be of concern. If you don’t know if your level of extra bleeding qualifies as “significant”, just call.

A fever

A slight increase in temperature after any surgical procedure is nothing to be alarmed by, but if your temperature exceeds 100°F, it would be best to alert your surgeon. If you start to experience a headache, chills, or any of the other signs of fever, take your temperature to see if it is mild or severe.

Numbness that won’t go away

Some patients take longer than others to regain full feeling following surgery. If your tongue, lips, face or jaw stays numb for longer than the first few hours after your procedure, get in touch with your oral surgeon. In most cases, the numbness will go away with time, but it’s better to check in with a professional in case something else is wrong.

Discomfort that worsens

Discomfort is to be expected, but when your discomfort appears to be getting worse after 5 days, that may be a good time to contact your surgeon.

When in doubt, call

If you’re still unsure about whether your problem is serious enough to warrant calling the doctor, remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry.