When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 1/10/2020 by Andrew Zeiger
|Oral surgery is one of the things you hope not to get but sometimes have to for the greater good. In many cases, surgery is often the best chance of solving something once and for all. When it comes to the mouth, people have a myriad of reasons to go under the knife.
While some people do it to get the aesthetics they want, others do it to rectify trauma or intervene for medical purposes. Even though the surgery might be a success, there is still healing. After the anesthesia wears off, there is a lot of pain and discomfort all over. While this is to be expected, not many people know how to deal with this pain. Sometimes, a lot of us will run to ice, and that is not a good idea.
Here is why:
As a Pain Killer
In the days to come after oral surgery, pain and discomfort are very common. Sometimes, this pain gets to be too much for some people who will then look for relief. Since ice numbs the nerve endings, some ice in your mouth should give you some temporary reprieve from the continuous pain. However, ice melts very fast and, therefore, can't be relied on to provide long-lasting relief from pain. However, medication will take the pain away as you heal, and the effects last for longer.
After oral surgery, your mouth is often not in the best shape to be on the offensive. While using ice can help you to get some much-needed relief, the cold can very well damage the teeth by chipping them, bringing on tooth sensitivity, and even bringing about an infection of the gums. When the teeth chip on blocks of ice, the problem might persist until you finally get root canal therapy, which is not only more uncomfortable but also quite costly.
After you have had oral surgery, there is a whole journey waiting for you. In our practice, we often have some conversations on how to tackle the issues that might be ahead. In cases where you think the ice will help, then use it in short spurts, for example, 15 minutes on the site and then 15 minutes off. If you would like to know more, contact our office today.