If you need oral surgery, like tooth extractions in Marietta, OH, you’re going to need to spend a few days recovering. Your oral surgeon will limit your activities while you heal. After a couple of days, you might feel like you’re going stir-crazy; however, there are many fun activities you can do to pass the time. Here’s a list of the top 6 activities patients enjoy while recovering from their extraction.
1. Lay Down and Take a Nap
Life is busy. You probably don’t get much time to relax, so why not make the most of your recovery by getting some much-needed R&R? Enjoy your time off work and break from your usual responsibilities by taking a nap; however, keep your head propped up on pillows to minimize any swelling or bleeding.
2. Eat Your Favorite Healthy Foods
Foods rich in vitamin A and C are great for supporting your body’s natural healing process. Although you’ll need to stick to a soft diet for a few days, enjoy your favorite smoothies, yogurts, and other soft foods containing the vitamins. It’s best to avoid anything too hot for 2 to 3 days to prevent prematurely dislodging the blood clot in your mouth.
3. Binge Watch TV Shows
If you haven’t had time to catch up on your favorite TV shows, now is the ideal opportunity to spend the day binge-watching. Be sure to skip the popcorn or other hard snacks. Instead, consider soft low-fat cheese or eggs. Don’t forget to take a break to rinse your mouth with saltwater and perform your regular oral hygiene routine.
4. Listen to New Music
Listening to music can help create a peaceful environment. Whether listening to the radio or a music service, you’ll enjoy pure entertainment to help pass the time. Although it is tempting, avoid any vigorous dancing or bouncing.
5. Read a Good Book
Check out a few recommended books from your local library or read them online to make the days go faster. Reading is a great option, especially while waiting for any side effects of sedation to dissipate. Getting caught up in a good book will help your recovery time fly by.
6. Chat with an Old Friend
Your commitment to your daily responsibilities can make it difficult to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. As you wait to resume your normal activities, why not make a phone call, send an email, or even mail a greeting card to someone you haven’t had a chance to chat with recently.
Make the Most of Your Recovery
Recovering from a tooth extraction doesn’t need to be boring. There are many exciting ways you can make the most of your time off while also allowing your body to heal.
About Dr. Jeff Lee
Dr. Lee earned his dental degree at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He continued his training there to specialize in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He can perform necessary tooth extractions using the latest advancements in dentistry. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.