Thoughtful preparation and aftercare greatly increases your chances for speedy recovery after gum surgery. At the initial appointment you should let your oral surgeon know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking. Most people undergoing gum surgery opt for deep sedation for their own comfort. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you at home while you’re getting back on your feet
If you use tobacco on a regular basis you should talk to your doctor in advance about a cessation program. Tobacco products irritate gum tissues, increasing healing time and the risk of infection. Try to choose a program that doesn’t involve nicotine gum or lozenges as these can also irritate your healing gums.
During the recovery phase you will need to eat a soft foods diet. It’s a good idea to stock up in advance on soft foods like applesauce and yogurt. Hydration is also very important. Try to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids and avoid using a straw. The suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.
For a few days after the surgery, the incisions might bleed a little. You can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops you can gently rinse your mouth with salt water to cleanse the area and soothe the gums.
If you have questions about preparation and aftercare from gum surgery, please feel free to call us at 918.743.1351 to schedule an appointment. Your successful recovery is important to us!