A little bit of advanced preparation and thoughtful aftercare can greatly help speed your recovery after gum surgery. You will want to let your periodontist know about any medications you are taking during the initial consultation. Also let them know about any medical conditions you are being treated for.
In most cases the periodontist will recommend sedation. In this case you will want to arrange for a friend or family member drive you.
You will need to eat a soft foods diet while your gums are healing. Many people find it helps to plan your meals a week or two in advance so they can stock up on soft foods you like to eat. Hydration is very important for recover so drink plenty of lukewarm liquids. You should avoid drinking through a straw as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.
Avoid using tobacco as it will irritate the gum tissue, increases healing time and increase the risk of infection. Talk to your doctor a few weeks before the procedure about a smoking cessation program. Try to choose a program that doesn’t use nicotine lozenges or gum as these can also irritate healing gum tissue.
If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 860-582-4485 to schedule an appointment.