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Aesthetic General Dentistry's Post-Op Instructions for Dental Crown Lengthening

At Aesthetic General Dentistry, our primary goal is to offer exceptional care and deliver outstanding results for our patients. Our dental crown lengthening procedure is no exception, as it aims to improve both the function and appearance of your teeth.

As experts in cosmetic dentistry, we understand the importance of proper post-operative care to ensure optimal healing and long-lasting results.

dentist examining patient
dentist examining patient

What is Dental Crown Lengthening?

Dental crown lengthening involves carefully trimming the gums to improve the tooth’s visibility and appearance. This may be necessary for various reasons, such as fixing a gummy smile, preparing a tooth for a crown or bridge, or treating gum disease. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and can be completed in one session.

We understand that undergoing dental crown lengthening is a significant decision, and we appreciate the trust you have placed in our experienced team. To ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery, please carefully follow the post-operative instructions outlined below:

Immediate Post-Operative Care

Rest and Relaxation: After the procedure, it is important to take it easy for the first 24 hours. Refrain from engaging in demanding activities and allow your body sufficient time to heal naturally.

Medication Management: Do what our team tells you, and take any medicines we give you just the way we say. If you feel uncomfortable, we might also suggest using over-the-counter pain relievers if needed. 

Oral Hygiene: Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as usual, but avoid the surgical site. Rinse your mouth gently with a mouthwash provided by the dentist or a warm saltwater solution as recommended.

Avoid the Following:

  1. Smoking: Do not smoke at least 72 hours post-surgery as it can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  2. Alcohol and Tobacco Products: Avoid alcohol and tobacco in any form during the initial stages of recovery to support optimal healing.
  3. Hard or Crunchy Foods: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days, incorporating items like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid hard or crunchy foods that may irritate the surgical site.

Monitoring and Follow-Up

  1. Swelling and Bruising: Remember that you may experience some bruising or swelling after the procedure, but don’t worry because they’re all part of the process. Applying a cold compress for the first 24 hours can help minimize these effects.
  2. Follow-Up Appointments: Ensure you make it to all your scheduled follow-up appointments with our dentists at Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco. This enables us to keep an eye on your progress and promptly address any concerns you may have.
  3. Contact Us: If you experience unusual discomfort, persistent bleeding, or have any questions during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Long-Term Success

  1. Maintain Regular Dental Check-ups: Continue your routine dental check-ups to ensure the longevity of your dental crown lengthening procedure and overall oral health.
  2. Commit to Oral Care: Embrace a consistent oral hygiene routine to keep your gums and teeth in optimal condition.

At Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco, your satisfaction and well-being are our top priorities. These post-operative instructions are designed to guide you through a successful recovery. We prioritize our patients’ well-being and strive to provide the best post-op care for all our procedures. 

We understand that dental crown lengthening can be a daunting experience, but with proper aftercare, you will have a smooth recovery and achieve the beautiful smile you desire.