Each surgery and procedure is different, so we will provide you with specific instructions regarding the procedure you’re having done.
What is Post-Operative Care?
Post-operative care involves promoting the body’s natural ability to heal a surgical site. Most often, dental extractions require post-operative care, though you may receive care instructions after an implant, grafting or after simpler procedures like crowns, root canals and veneers. The key to any type of post-operative care is to heal the mouth as quickly as possible and with minimal complications.
Why is Post-Operative Care important?
If you fail to take care of your teeth or mouth after having surgery, you may find that you begin to experience post-surgical complications. One of the most common post-op complications is known as dry socket. Dry socket often occurs when the blood clot that forms in an extraction site is pulled out. This prevents the clot from healing the area and can cause underlying bone to be exposed. Dry socket is incredibly painful, but it can be completely avoided with proper post-operative care. For example, dry socket is often caused by smoking right after surgery as well as using a straw to drink fluids. In more severe but rare cases, an infection can develop at the surgical site and require antibiotics. You will be given important post-operative care instructions following every single procedure that we perform, whether it is a surgery or simple restoration.
What are typical Post-Operative Instructions?
After surgery or restorative work has been completed, you’ll go home biting down on a piece of gauze. The gauze will help to stop the bleeding and prevent it from continuing. In the off chance that your gums are still bleeding after surgery, you’ll be instructed to use a new piece of gauze until the bleeding stops. You will be given a special rinse that should be used for the first few days to a week after surgery. This rinse is specifically designed to keep the mouth clean and prevent bacterial overgrowth. Most often, you’ll be instructed not to brush your teeth for the first day or two following surgery so that you do not cause undo stress on the surgical site. Each surgery and procedure is different, so we will provide you with specific instructions regarding the procedure you’re having done.
Getting help for post-operative care as needed
Post-operative care is crucial to the healing of your teeth, gums and mouth. It can prevent infection, pain and inflammation that can cause unnecessary trips to the dental office. If at any time you have problems with post-op care or are experiencing a complication related to your procedure, contact us immediately so that we can get you in to be seen or help with answering questions over the phone.
If you recently had oral surgery or another type of dental procedure and need to know more about post-operative care, call our office and we can help to answer your questions.