Care Following Dental Procedures

 

Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.

 

Protection of the blood clot: 

      Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area or bite on a tea bag which has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze.  Keep steady pressure on the area for 45 minutes.  Repeat as often as needed.

Do not rinse or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. 

      After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. of table salt in 2-4 oz.  of warm water) every 1 to 2 hours is recommended.  The use of a commercial mouthwash during the healing period is not encouraged.

Discomfort: 

     Following your dental surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort.  If a medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.

The toothbrush:

     Use the toothbrush carefully in the areas involved by the surgical procedures.  A clean mouth heals faster.

Eating an adequate amount of food and fluid following surgery is most important.

     If you find that eating your diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquids such as soups or an instant breakfast.

Avoid all excessive activity. 

  •       Do not pick at the surgical area.

  •       Do not consume liquid through a straw.

  •       Avoid alcoholic beverages.

  •       No smoking for 24 hours.

  •       If sutures (stitches) were used, do not fail to return for their removal on the appointed date given.

Control of swelling: 

      Gently apply ice to the area for periods of 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off.  This procedure should continue for the first 24 hours only.

Allergic reactions:

     For a generalized rash, itching, etc., call us immediately

Do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

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