Crown Lengthening: What should I expect after the procedure?

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that involves a reduction in the height of the gumline and the underlying bone around one or more teeth. It’s a procedure that is commonly and safely performed in the dental office under local anesthetics (and sedation when necessary). Your periodontist will make every effort to ensure that your surgery is as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

Understanding your responsibilities and being prepared for the days and weeks following the surgery will help make the procedure a success.

From pain medications to the recommended foods, here’s what you can expect:

Pain Management After the anesthetics wear off, mild to moderate discomfort is to be expected. Aspirin-free pain relievers are most helpful when they are taken, on schedule, as directed. Waiting too long between dosages, or waiting until you are in pain will only subject you to unnecessary discomfort.

Swelling and Bleeding During the first 48 hours, 20-minute cycles with a simple ice pack may be enough to keep the swelling to a minimum. After about 2 days, trading your ice pack for moist heat is recommended.

Bleeding should be minimal and can be controlled with gentle, steady pressure. Avoiding hot foods, strenuous activities, and medications that contain aspirin will also prevent excessive bleeding.

Healing The teeth near the surgical site may be sensitive to cold temperatures for a few weeks. As healing progresses, the sensitivity should decrease, and it will be important to keep the area as clean as possible.

A firm surgical dressing may be used to cover and protect the treated area for 1-2 weeks, though it may be changed during that time at your follow-up visits. You will receive instructions on how to care for this area and your efforts will help to promote healing.

Diet and Homecare Soft, bland foods are best during the recovery period, and chewing on the untreated side of the mouth is recommended. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided as they are known to promote bleeding and slow healing.

Following your meals and snacks, make an effort to clean your entire mouth, including rinsing with the antiseptic mouthwash that has been recommended by your periodontist.

After crown lengthening surgery, make it your mission to follow the guidelines as closely as possible. Contact our skilled periodontal team today to learn more about the procedure.

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