Gum recession is a common problem. Do you know it affects 4% to 12% of adults? It does affect the aesthetics of an individual, but it also leads to loss of teeth. Sounds scary! Isn’t it? A soft tissue graft can save your tooth and receding gums. This post will discuss measures you should take for recovery after a soft tissue graft in Frisco.
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Discomfort and Medications
Driving: You can go back home safely on your own after the surgery. But if your doctor gave sedatives to calm you, then let someone else drive the car.
Pain medications: You will feel the discomfort for 24 to 72 hours after surgery. It would be best if you take a painkiller before the numbness goes off. If your doctor advised narcotics for pain relief, do not drive and avoid alcohol.
Antibiotics: Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics, so take them as prescribed to prevent infection. Try not to skip doses. Your doctor may also advise a probiotic medication as your stomach may get upset after taking antibiotics.
Other issues: Consult your doctor if you have any of these issues- itchiness, difficulty breathing, rashes, severe dizziness, fever, or diarrhea.
Swelling: You may find slight swelling after the surgery that lasts for three to four days. You can apply an ice pack over your face for 20 minutes at a time in the initial 8 to 12 hours after surgery. Use several pillows to keep your head above the heart level during the first 24 hours.
Bleeding: Slight bleeding may occur in the first 24 to 48 hours. If there is excessive bleeding, consult your doctor. You can apply a moist gauze or tea bag (tannic acid present in tea leaves to aid clotting) to stop bleeding. Avoid rinsing, forceful spitting, blowing, drinking through a straw, or your nose to avoid any positive or negative pressure as the pressure can dislodge the blood clot.
Sutures: Your doctor may place absorbable sutures or non absorbable sutures. Absorbable sutures dissolve and do not require removal, but non-absorbable sutures need removal approximately after one week. Try not to disturb the sutures with a toothbrush or tongue, as it can break the suture.
After the soft tissue surgery, take proper measures for rapid healing and recovery. In case of any complications such as intense bleeding or excessive pain, consult your doctor.