Recovering Gums Need Special Care

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Many of the oral surgery treatments that are performed at Dr. Seth Rush involve altering or adapting gum tissues. These treatments might involve dental implant restorations and various forms of gum surgery to address chronic periodontal disease.

Upon completion of the oral surgery, Dr. Seth Rush will provide you with any required antibiotics or prescriptions for pain medication. This can help manage any latent pain or address any lingering infection concerns.

During the recovery process, it is important to practice sufficient aftercare habits. This will help minimize your chances of suffering from undue complications.

If the gums at the incision site continue to bleed for several days after treatment, you should take extra aftercare measures. In these moments, you can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze; the light pressure will gradually cause the bleeding to abate. You can then gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to clear away any stray blood.

After surgery, it might also be helpful to avoid chewing food on the side of your mouth that is recovering. Do this for a few days after your oral surgery. You also should not drink through a straw, as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

If you are scheduled to have oral surgery in Kansas City, Missouri, at Dr. Seth Rush, and if you have recovery or aftercare questions, you can always call 816-444-8822 to consult with our periodontist or a member of his team.