Congratulations on taking the first step towards a life-changing transformation with our full mouth reconstructions. We understand that post-operative care is crucial for ensuring the success of your dental procedure and maintaining optimal oral health. This guide is designed to provide you with specific, step-by-step instructions to ensure a speedy and successful recovery.

1. The Initial 24 Hours

In the first 24 hours following your full mouth reconstruction, it’s essential to prioritize rest and proper care to kickstart your recovery. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Rest: Take it easy for the first day. Don’t engage in any strenuous activities. Get some rest instead to give your body the time it needs to heal.
  • Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding is normal. To control it, bite down gently on the provided gauze pads for about 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze and continue gentle pressure.
  • Pain Management: Take the prescribed pain medication as directed by your dentist to alleviate any discomfort. It’s crucial to stay ahead of the pain for a smoother recovery.

2. Oral Hygiene

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is vital to the success of your full mouth reconstruction. Here’s how to keep your mouth clean without compromising the healing process:

  • Rinsing: Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater every two hours, 

especially after meals. This helps keep the surgical areas clean and promotes healing.

  • Toothbrushing: Start brushing your teeth the day after surgery, being extremely gentle around the surgical areas. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritation.
  • Avoid Disturbing Surgical Sites: Do not poke or prod the surgical areas with your tongue, fingers, or any objects. Let the healing process unfold undisturbed.

3. Swelling and Bruising

After oral surgery, it’s normal to experience swelling and bruising. But don’t worry, there are steps you can take to minimize these effects and make your recovery smoother. Let me share some tips with you:

  • Cold Compress: Apply a cold compress to the swollen areas for the first 48 hours. Use it for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off, to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
  • Elevation: Keep your head elevated while resting, especially during sleep. This can help minimize swelling.

4. Diet

Proper nutrition is vital for recovery. However, it’s essential to choose foods that won’t compromise your healing process:

  • Soft Diet: Stick to soft, nutritious foods for the first few days. Opt for smoothies, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup to avoid unnecessary strain on your surgical sites.
  • Avoid Hard or Crunchy Foods: To ensure optimal healing, it’s important to avoid consuming hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that might cause discomfort in the areas where the surgery was performed. Following this advice will support your recovery process and promote a smooth healing journey.

5. Medication and Follow-up Appointments

Adhering to your medication schedule and attending follow-up appointments is crucial for monitoring your recovery progress. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Prescribed Medications: Ensure to follow the prescribed medication regimen as instructed, including any antibiotics. If you happen to encounter any unfavorable reactions, do not hesitate to promptly get in touch with our office. We are here to assist you.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist. These appointments are essential for assessing your healing progress and addressing any concerns you may have.

6. Activity Restrictions

While rest is crucial for the initial 24 hours, it’s also important to manage your activity levels during the entire recovery period:

  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from engaging in strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and intense workouts, for at least one week post-surgery.

7. Signs of Complications

While complications are rare, it’s essential to be vigilant for any signs that may indicate a problem. If you experience any of the following, contact our office immediately:

  • Excessive Bleeding: If bleeding persists or becomes severe.
  • Increased Swelling: Sudden and severe swelling beyond the initial 48 hours.
  • Persistent Pain: Intense or worsening pain that is not alleviated by prescribed medication.
  • Signs of Infection: Such as persistent fever, foul-smelling discharge, or increasing redness at the surgical sites.

Your Partner in Recovery: Contacting River District Smiles Dentistry

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply need guidance throughout your recovery journey, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to be your partner in achieving optimal oral health and overall satisfaction. 

Our dedicated dental team at River District Smiles Dentistry is committed to ensuring your full mouth reconstruction is not just a procedure but a comprehensive experience that leads to transformative healing and lasting happiness.

In closing, we want to express our appreciation for entrusting us with your dental care. Your commitment to following these post-operative instructions plays a crucial role in the success of your full mouth reconstruction. We look forward to witnessing your smile’s transformation and ensuring a seamless and speedy recovery. 

If you have any further questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact River District Smiles Dentistry. Your journey to a revitalized smile starts here, and we’re honored to be a part of it.