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Mindful preparation and thoughtful aftercare increase your chances for speedy recovery after gum surgery. Before the procedure you should let the oral surgeon know about any medications you are taking or medical conditions at the initial appointment. Gum surgery often requires deep sedation for your comfort. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help you at home while you’re getting back on your feet.

Tobacco products irritate gum tissues, increasing healing time and the risk of infection. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you should talk to your doctor in advance about a cessation program.

While the gum tissues are healing you will need to eat a soft foods diet. Stocking up in advance on soft foods you enjoy will make the recovery process easier. Proper hydration is also very important. Try to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids and avoid using a straw. The suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

It’s natural for the incisions to bleed a little for a day or two after surgery. You can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops you can gently rinse your mouth with salt water to cleanse the area and soothe the gums.

If you have questions about preparation and aftercare from gum surgery, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment. Your successful recovery is important to us!