Crown lengthening procedures involve removing bone in order to provide a longer tooth. Due to the bone removal, post-operative discomfort is greatest 3-4 days following surgery. In order to alleviate a spike in post-operative pain, take all medications prescribed by Dr. Ratliff.
Day of Surgery
- Apply a cold compress 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off to reduce swelling.
- Eat cold soft foods (ice cream, pudding, yogurt, Jell-O).
- Do not brush the surgical area.
- Do not rinse or spit.
- Take all prescribed medications. Be sure to take medication with food to avoid stomach upset.
Days Following Surgery
- Aerobic activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for the first 72 hours.
- Warm compresses may be applied but are not necessary.
- Warm soft foods may be eaten. (mashed potatoes, fish, soup, eggs)
- You may rinse with warm salt water and brush non-surgical areas. Do not brush surgical area until instructed by Dr. Ratliff.
- When blood mixes with saliva it seems like a more substantial amount of bleeding. Do not be alarmed if you notice an area of blood on your pillow in the morning. This is very common and will diminish over time.
- If bleeding occurs use your finger to apply heavy pressure with gauze for 10 minutes. If bleeding does not stop continue to apply the same firm pressure substituting a moistened tea bag for the gauze.
- If you are at all concerned with the bleeding call Dr. Ratliff
- Avoid the use of straws until all sutures are removed.
- If sutures become loose or stringy, do not pull on them. If you are uncertain as to what to do, please call the office.
- If you feel that you have an infection contact Dr. Ratliff immediately at 773.420.9880