A full mouth reconstruction is a form of treatment typically suggested for patients who have impairments in their teeth, decay or bleeding gums. It helps restore the smile and function of the mouth. The treatment may include a combination of oral surgery, restorative dentistry and cosmetic procedures. Following proper recovery instructions is important for patients to get the desired results.
The type of recovery a patient needs will depend on the procedures and treatments performed. However, there are some general guidelines most patients will benefit from.
Reduce the swelling
Swelling is a common result of many types of dental procedures, and it is a sign the area is beginning to heal. Use a cold compress against the area throughout the day. Over-the-counter medications such as anti-inflammatories may help as well.
Minimize the bleeding
Not all procedures involved with full mouth reconstruction lead to bleeding, but the ones involving dental implants, tooth extraction or periodontal surgery may. Bleeding is most common, and usually strongest, during the first 24 hours. One of the most effective ways to stop it is to lightly wet gauze or a folded paper towel with water and place it over the procedure site. Bite down firmly for up to an hour.
Another method is to moisten a black tea bag and apply it to the site. The tannins in black tea leaves help encourage quicker clotting of the blood. Try to rest after a more invasive dental procedure, as strenuous activity can intensify the bleeding. Avoid using straws or smoking, as these can dislodge any existing blood clots and/or reopen surgical incisions.
Manage the pain
Soreness, discomfort and pain are common side effects of full mouth reconstruction. Speak to the dentist about the appropriate medication to help relieve the pain, and get a prescription if necessary. Applying an ice pack to the area is another effective way to reduce soreness. Use a towel as a barrier over the skin and alternate leaving the ice on and taking it off for intervals of 15 to 20 minutes.
Follow a specific diet
In the immediate hours and days following the dental procedures, it is recommended to stick with soft foods and liquids. Good choices include warm soups, applesauce, yogurt, protein shakes and smoothies. Avoid certain foods and beverages after the procedures:
For effective results and recovery, make sure to attend all scheduled follow-up visits with the appropriate dental professionals. They will monitor the process and ensure recovery is persisting as planned. Patients must continue to follow proper oral hygiene practices for years to come.
Full mouth reconstruction can deliver great results and increased confidence. To minimize complications, follow the recovery procedure as instructed. It is also important to contact the dentist with any concerns about post-procedure side effects.
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