It is normal to feel some pain after the anesthetic has worn off and for the first 24 to 72 hours after oral surgery. There may also be some soreness or discomfort for up to 3 to 5 days. The pain and discomfort vary depending upon each individual’s tolerance for pain and or the type of operation they undergo.
For the first couple of hours, you may experience bleeding and the affected area may continue to ooze for up to 24 hours. The blood combines with saliva in your mouth and this will make it look like you are bleeding more than you really are.
The most common after-effect of surgery is swelling of your mouth and sometimes of the face. The swelling will generally increase for the next 72 hours and may last for 5 to 7 days. Once the swelling starts to reduce, you may notice facial bruising, which can last up to 10 days after the surgery.
For some, muscles may also be sore after certain surgeries. This will make it difficult to open your mouth for up to 7 to 10 days.
After oral surgeries, most patients report some pain, bleeding, and swelling. However, proper care will help your mouth heal quickly and comfortably.
The First 24 Hours
48 Hours After Surgery
General Tips While Healing