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Thoughtful preparation and aftercare greatly improves your chances for a quick recovery after gingival flap surgery. Let your surgeon know about any medications you are taking or medical conditions at the initial appointment.

Tobacco use irritates gum tissues which increases healing time and can also cause infection in the gums as they heal. If you use tobacco on a regular basis you should talk to your doctor in advance to find a cessation program that’s right for you. Try to select a program that doesn’t use lozenges or nicotine gum as these can also irritate the gums.

During the recovery phase, you will need to eat a soft foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Proper hydration is also very important. Try to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids and avoid using a straw. The suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

Gingival flap surgery often requires deep sedation for your comfort. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you and help you at home while you’re getting back on your feet

It’s natural for the incisions to bleed a little for a day or two after surgery. You can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops you can gently rinse your mouth with salt water to cleanse the area and soothe the gums.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment.