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Aesthetic General Dentistry's Post-Op Instructions and Aftercare for Gum Contouring

At Aesthetic General Dentistry, we understand the importance of a beautiful smile. That’s why we offer gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, to help our patients achieve their desired smile. This cosmetic procedure is used to correct an uneven gum line, excess gum tissue, and even small teeth. 

However, like any other surgical procedure, gum contouring requires proper aftercare to ensure optimal results. In this post, we will provide you with our recommended post-op instructions and aftercare tips for gum contouring.

dentist examining patient
dentist examining patient

Post-Op Instructions

After undergoing gum contouring, it is important to follow these post-op instructions closely to promote healing and prevent any complications:

Pain Management

You may experience some discomfort and pain after gum contouring, but no worries because it’s normal. Our dentists will prescribe pain medication for you, which should be taken as instructed. If necessary, you may also use over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Swelling and Bruising

Swelling and bruising are common after gum contouring and can last for a few days. To reduce swelling, we recommend placing an ice pack on the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time. This can be repeated several times a day for the first 48 hours after surgery.

Diet Restrictions

After undergoing gum contouring, it is crucial to follow a soft or liquid diet for the initial days. Refrain from consuming hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that may cause irritation to the surgical area. Instead, opt for soft food options like soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is crucial after gum contouring to prevent infection and promote healing. However, you should avoid brushing or flossing around the surgical site for the first 24 hours. After that, you can resume gentle brushing and flossing, being careful not to disturb the stitches or incisions.

Medication and Supplements

If you are currently taking any medications or supplements, please inform our dentists before undergoing gum contouring. Some medications, such as blood thinners, may need to be temporarily stopped to prevent excessive bleeding during and after surgery.

Smoking and Alcohol

We strongly recommend refraining from smoking or drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours after gum contouring. Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications, while alcohol can interfere with certain medications you may be taking.

Follow-up Appointments

Our dentists will schedule a follow-up appointment for you a week after the gum contouring procedure. During this visit, we will check your healing progress and remove any stitches if necessary. 

It is essential to attend this appointment to ensure the appropriate healing process and to address any concerns or questions you might have effectively. It is essential to come to this appointment to support your recovery and get answers to any worries or queries you might have.

Long-Term Care

After the first few days, you can resume your normal diet and oral hygiene routine. However, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent future gum issues. 

Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day, making sure to clean around the gum line as well. Ensuring healthy gums requires regular dental check-ups and cleanings. These appointments are vital for maintaining optimal oral health.

At Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco, we understand that post-op care is an essential part of any dental procedure. That’s why we provide detailed instructions and personalized care for each patient undergoing gum contouring. Our experienced dentists will ensure that your recovery is smooth and successful, leaving you with a confident and beautiful smile.

If you are considering gum contouring or have recently undergone the procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any questions or concerns. We are dedicated to providing the best care for your oral health and aesthetics. Trust us to guide you through every step of your dental journey. 

Book an appointment with us today and let us help you achieve your dream smile!