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Dentltown Magazine Feature October 2014 Dentist Slave Lake
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We’ve prepared instructions for the after care of crown lengthening If you are ever unsure of what to do, please call our office at 780-849-2233.

You have just had your crown lengthened, here are a few things you should know:

Care to Ensure Success

  • Take prescribed medications as directed when you get home

  • WEEK 1: Following surgery, no brushing in the area at all, gentle rinsing only

  • Please follow a soft food diet, taking care to avoid the surgical area when chewing.

  • Chew on the opposite side of the surgery site area

  • After the first 24 hours, if you have eaten or snacked, use lukewarm very gentle salt water rinses; gently swooshing for 30 seconds

  • A reusable ice bag or a frozen vegetable, wrapped in a soft towel, may be applied to the area of surgery to help minimize any swelling. Alternating 5-10 minutes on, then 5-10 minutes off will usually be adequate during the first 24-48 hours after surgery

  • After 48 hrs moist heat may be used to resolve minor swelling.

  • Maintain normal oral hygiene measures in the areas of your mouth not affected by the surgery

  • During WEEK 2: Dip A Q-tip in the Chlorhexidine rinse and gently clean the teeth in the area

  • Be sure to keep your post-operative appointment to allow for removal of sutures and assess healing

Following Surgery, DO NOT

  • Brush in the area at all during the first week after surgery, gentle rinsing only

  • Please do not play with the surgery area at all, do not pull on your lip or cheek to look at the area or to show other people

  • Do not use a drinking straw as the suction may dislodge the clot

  • Eat extremely hot foods or liquids (Cold foods such as ice cream or shakes are okay as long as you use a spoon)

  • Bite into food if the procedure was done in the front of your mouth

  • Chew on the side of the surgery site area for 4 weeks

  • Do not eat sticky, hard, brittle, spicy, highly seasoned, or acidic foods

  • Consume alcohol or smoking until after your post-operative appointment. Smoking is not advised during the first 7-14 days after surgery. Smoking slows healing and affects results of treatment.

Following Surgery, DO NOT

  • Minor bleeding such as a pinkish tinge to your saliva, may occur during the first 48 hours following surgery.

  • Slight swelling of the operated area is not unusual. Even bruising and chapped lips may occur.

  • You may experience some tooth sensitivity after surgery, especially to cold. Sensitivity usually decreases within a few weeks after surgery.

If you have any questions, concerns or are unsure of what to do,

do not hesitate to call our office (780) 849-2233

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