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The many different forms of oral surgery available at Aspire Surgical often involve altering or excising some amount of soft tissue. This frequently involves the periodontal tissues, such as in a wisdom tooth extraction, but could also include other oral tissues. Dr. Joseph Fullmer and his staff will provide you with any specific aftercare instructions to help your tissues heal with minimal complications. It might also include a prescription for anti-inflammatory, pain medication or a course of antibiotics.

You should also note that certain lifestyle choices could also complicate the recovery process or even lead to an infection near an incision site. One particular threat posed to the recovery process after oral surgery comes from tobacco use. The heat, tar, and other chemicals that are introduced to your mouth can cause significant irritation to the healing tissues. This can lengthen the amount of time it takes for your oral tissues to heal and could cause a significant infection.It’s also worth noting that the suction from smoking can also have a negative effect on sutures at an incision site or potentially pull a blood clot loose.

If you have an oral surgery scheduled soon at Dr. Joseph Fullmer’s clinic, you might want to talk to your primary physician to help find a cessation program. Ideally, it would help to choose a cessation program that doesn’t include lozenges or nicotine gum. They can also irritate the healing tissues. If you are scheduled to have an oral surgery performed at Aspire Surgical’s clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, and you have a recovery question, you should call 801-487-3264 to speak to a member of staff.