Laser gum surgery after care instructions
A special hard dressing has been placed around your teeth to help control bleeding, and keep the area free of debris. Slight oozing is normal for 24 hours following gum surgery and a little blood on the pillow the morning after is not uncommon; however if heavy bleeding continues please contact us.
Do not rinse or use mouthwash for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 oz. of water) every 3 hours and especially after meals to keep the area clean. Mouthwashes are not recommended during the first two weeks of healing.
Things to avoid
- Spitting, drinking through a straw, and picking the surgical area or sutures. This may disrupt the blood clot and restart bleeding.
- Smoking may also restart bleeding and prolong the healing process.
Brushing the dressing, but do not forget to brush all teeth not involved in the surgery.
Some discomfort is expected following periodontal surgery. The best over the counter medication is as follows: take 3 Advil (3 ibuprofen 200 mg.) and 2 Tylenol (2 acetometaphen 650 mg.) every 4-6 hours. This combination has been proven to be more effective and safer than prescription pain medicine. If medication has been prescribed, take as directed. (If you are taking any prescription medicine it is always a good idea to check with your pharmacist that a new prescription does not interfere with any of the medicines you are taking.)
Gently apply ice packs to face in the area of gum surgery 20 min. on / 20 min. off. A bag of frozen peas works extremely well. Holding ice chips in your mouth next to the surgical area is often easier, more comforting and also aids in bleeding and pain control.
Maintain a soft, bland diet for 2-3 days following surgery. Avoid salty, spicy and hot foods since they can irritate the surgical area (do not put any thing in your mouth that you would not put on a cut). Avoid crunchy foods such as nuts, chips, pretzels, etc… as they may dislodge the periodontal dressing.
We highly encourage vitamin therapy for the first two weeks after any surgery since it has been proven to aid the haling process.
Vitamin Ester C 1000mg: take it twice a day (with breakfast and dinner preferably)
Zinc Gluconate 100 mg: take it twice a day (with breakfast and dinner preferably)
If we have not answered all of your questions or we have not been clear about something please do not hesitate to call us, we are always there for you.