At River District Smiles Dentistry, your well-being is our top priority, and we want to ensure you have all the information you need for a smooth and speedy recovery after your dental crown lengthening procedure.

Now, let’s talk about the specific post-operative instructions that will guide you through the recovery process. Following these guidelines diligently will not only contribute to the success of the procedure but also ensure optimal healing and comfort.

1. Managing Discomfort

After the dental crown lengthening procedure, it’s normal to experience some discomfort and mild pain. To manage this, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed. If we prescribed any medication, please take it according to the provided instructions.

2. Oral Hygiene is Key

During the recovery phase, it is of utmost importance to prioritize excellent oral hygiene. Taking proper care of your oral health can significantly contribute to a smooth and successful recovery process. 

However, be gentle around the treated area. For the first few days, avoid brushing the surgical site. Instead, rinse your mouth gently with warm saltwater (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water) after meals to keep the area clean. After the initial days, you can resume brushing your teeth, but ensure you’re extra gentle around the surgical site.

3. Swelling and Ice Packs

Swelling is a common post-operative symptom. To effectively manage your recovery, it’s important to apply an ice pack to the treated area for 15-20 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This helps in reducing swelling and relieving discomfort. Remember, never directly place ice on your skin; always use a cloth or towel as a protective barrier.

4. Eating Soft Foods

In the initial days following the procedure, stick to a soft diet to avoid unnecessary strain on the treated area. Opt for foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and soup. As you progress, gradually reintroduce solid foods based on your comfort level. Avoid hot and spicy foods during the early stages of recovery.

5. Rest and Relaxation

Give your body the time it needs to heal by taking it easy for the first few days. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercises. This allows your body to focus on the healing process and minimizes the risk of complications.

6. Tobacco and Alcohol Avoidance

Smoking and alcohol consumption can impede the healing process. It’s crucial to refrain from these activities during the initial days and, ideally, for the entire healing period. These substances can compromise blood flow and increase the risk of complications.

7. Follow-up Appointments

It’s really important to keep up with your follow-up appointments so we can track your progress and address any concerns you might have. Regular check-ins allow us to stay on top of things and make sure you’re getting the best care possible. 

Please adhere to the scheduled appointments with River District Smiles Dentistry. If you experience unusual pain, persistent bleeding, or any other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

8. Avoiding Direct Pressure

To facilitate proper healing, avoid putting direct pressure on the treated area. When sleeping, prop your head up with an extra pillow to minimize blood flow to the head and reduce swelling. Also, avoid sleeping on the side of the surgery.

9. Be Mindful of Medications

If you were prescribed antibiotics, take the full course even if you start feeling better before completing them. This helps prevent infection. Additionally, any prescribed mouthwash or special instructions should be followed diligently.

10. Stay Hydrated

Ensuring proper hydration is crucial for the healing process. It’s important to drink an ample amount of water, however, try to refrain from using straws during the initial days. The suction action caused by straws can potentially disturb the healing tissue.

11. Recognizing Warning Signs

While a bit of discomfort and swelling are perfectly normal, it’s really important to keep an eye out for any warning signs that might suggest complications. So if you notice excessive bleeding, intense pain, or any signs of infection like a persistent fever, make sure to reach out to us right away. We’re here to provide you with the necessary guidance and support.

Remember, your body’s ability to heal is remarkable, and by following these post-operative instructions, you’re actively contributing to the success of your dental crown lengthening procedure. Our team at River District Smiles Dentistry is here to support you every step of the way.

We understand that the recovery period may raise questions or concerns, and we encourage open communication. If you have any queries or if there’s anything you’re unsure about, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.