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Post-Op Instructions for Dental Crown Lengthening

Your dental crown lengthening surgery will be performed at Village Smile Care, and we are grateful for your selection. An orthodontic crown lengthening is a surgical operation that requires the removal of gum tissue and as well as in some cases, bone to expose a more significant portion of the tooth structure, which is often the crown. This operation is frequently recommended when restoring a tooth that does not have a crown height that is enough for restorative therapy, such as the placement of a dental crown.

To ensure a smooth recovery and sound healing, it is essential to receive the appropriate post-operative care. The following guidelines have been provided to assist you in navigating the post-operative period following dental crown lengthening.

Immediate Post-Op Care 

Immediate post-operative care following dental crown lengthening surgery promotes healing and reduces discomfort. Here are specific instructions for the immediate post-op period, typically the first 24 hours:

  • Control Bleeding: It’s normal to experience bleeding following dental crown lengthening surgery. To control bleeding, gently bite on a sterile gauze pad over the surgical site. Maintain pressure for about 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze pad with a fresh one and continue applying pressure.
  • Manage Discomfort: It’s common to experience discomfort or mild pain after the procedure. If you are experiencing any discomfort, your dentist may recommend that you take pain medication. Take the medication as directed, even if you’re not experiencing severe pain, to stay ahead of any potential discomfort.
  • Apply Ice Packs: To reduce swelling and discomfort, apply ice packs or cold compresses to the outside of your face in the treated area. Use the ice pack for 10-15 minutes, with breaks in between. 
  • Avoid Touching the Surgical Site: Refrain from touching the site with your fingers or tongue to prevent infection and promote healing. Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting, disturbing the blood clot and delaying healing.
  • Soft Diet: For the first 24 hours after surgery, stick to a soft diet to avoid stressing the surgical site. Choose easy-to-chew and swallow foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, and smoothies.
  • Take Prescribed Medications: If your dentist has prescribed antibiotics or antimicrobial mouthwash, take them as directed to prevent infection and promote healing. 
  • Rest: Take it easy for the rest of the day after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities and exercise, and give your body time to rest and recover.
  • Follow-Up Appointment: As advised, schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will do an examination of your teeth during this session healing progress and provide further instructions for care and maintenance.

Following these immediate post-operative care instructions can help ensure a smooth recovery and promote optimal healing following dental crown lengthening surgery. If you have any concerns or experience severe pain, bleeding, or signs of infection, contact Village Smile Care immediately for assistance. We’re here to support you throughout your recovery process.

Long-Term Care and Monitoring

Long-term care and monitoring following dental crown lengthening surgery are essential for ensuring optimal healing and ensuring that your gums and teeth are maintaining their health. Here are specific instructions for long-term care and monitoring:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Continue brushing your teeth gently twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Pay special attention to the surgical site, brushing gently to avoid causing irritation or discomfort. Use a non-alcoholic antimicrobial mouthwash recommended by your dentist to help keep the area clean and free of bacteria.
  • Floss Regularly: Once your dentist gives you the all-clear, resume flossing your teeth regularly. When you are near the surgical site, exercise caution to avoid causing irritation or disturbing the healing process. If you experience any discomfort while flossing, consult your dentist for guidance.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Be sure to attend follow-up appointments with your dentist. These appointments are crucial for monitoring your healing progress and ensuring that the surgical site is healing properly. Your dentist may remove any stitches and evaluate the need for further treatment or adjustments.
  • Monitor for Signs of Infection: Look for any symptoms of infection, including but not limited to increased edema and chronic pain redness, or discharge from the surgical site. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Village Smile Care immediately for further evaluation and treatment.
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a balanced diet in order to provide support for fruits, veggies, and lean proteins healing and maintain oral health. Steer clear of foods that are tough, crunchy, or sticky since they have the potential to irritate the surgical site or cause harm to your teeth.
  • Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products: Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products during the healing process. In addition to causing an increase in the likelihood of infection, smoking can also slow down the healing process and negatively impact your oral health. If you need support quitting smoking, consult your dentist or healthcare provider for assistance.
  • Protect Your Teeth: If you engage during contact sports, it is important to protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard and gums. Custom mouthguards are available from your dentist for optimal protection.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums requires that you visit visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Your dentist will keep an eye on how well the wound is healing during your appointments.
  • Address Any Concerns Promptly: If you experience any unexpected symptoms or changes in your oral health, such as increased pain, sensitivity, or swelling, don’t hesitate to contact Village Smile Care for assistance. Intervention at an early stage can assist prevent difficulties and assure a successful outcome.

Following these long-term care and monitoring instructions, you can support optimal healing and maintain the health of your gums and teeth following dental crown lengthening surgery. Please get in touch with us for assistance if you have any questions or concerns about your post-operative care or need further guidance. We’re here to support your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile!

Emergency Situations

If you experience any issues or emergencies related to your dental crown lengthening procedure, such as severe pain bleeding, or signs of infection, contact Village Smile Care immediately for assistance. We are here to address any concerns you may have and provide prompt treatment to ensure your comfort and well-being.

Proper post-operative care and maintenance are essential for ensuring a smooth recovery and optimal healing following dental crown lengthening surgery. By following these post-op instructions and guidelines provided by Village Smile Care, you can promote healing and minimize the risk of complications. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental crown lengthening procedure or post-op care, please get in touch with us for assistance. Your satisfaction and oral health are our top priorities!

Village Smile Care. 1730 Springdale St. Mt Horeb, WI 53572. Call (608) 437-7645

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Tuesday: 7am to 4:30pm
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Thursday: 8am to 3pm
Friday: By Appointment

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