How to Manage Bony Growths When They Require Removal
Posted on 6/13/2018 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
The good news for anyone that experiences the bony growths in the mouth known as tori or exostosis is that the procedure to remove them is not very complicated. It is something an oral surgeon can do without difficulty.
The bad news is that removal of the bony growths does not mean they will not come back. That makes learning what to do after the removal of the bony growths as important as getting them removed.
The typical bony growths are bilateral. They appear on both sides of the mouth. They are most often benign and because of that they are not always removed. If you have pain or trouble with speech because of the bony growths, surgical removal is the best option.
It is something that an oral surgeon can accomplish. Once the procedure is done, it is important to follow some aftercare instructions.
Aftercare for Surgery
Pain is possible after the surgical procedures. While some may turn to prescription pain medications, most will only need to use ibuprofen. This can help with both pain and any swelling after surgery. It is also possible to alternate the use of Tylenol and ibuprofen for better pain management. The pain should subside after 3-5 days.
For the first two days after surgery, ice packs can help with discomfort. After that, moist heat can help with swelling. A periodontal surgical dressing is often used to protect the site and to provide a little comfort. The dressing is left in place for 1 to 2 weeks and is removed by the dentist at the next appointment.
It is possible that bleeding occurs for the first few days after surgery. Small amounts of blood are not a problem. If the bleeding persists, it is best to contact our offices. During recovery a soft food diet is best. Avoid hot and spicy foods and drink plenty of fluids.
With proper care, the recovery from surgery for removal of bony growths is not a problem. Our dental professionals will provide detailed instructions of what to do and what not to do after the procedure.
We are also here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Take the time to contact us to find out more about how we can help you with this problem or any other issues concerning your dental health.
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