The bone structure that anchors your teeth to your jaw can sometimes be depleted by advanced periodontal disease, tooth extractions, or advanced tooth decay. This can lead to a wide variety of issues. It could also cause a partial or denture to fit poorly, or make it difficult to anchor a dental implant. That is why often times, a surgical procedure is necessary to reverse the damage and achieve positive oral health.
Tobacco use irritates healing gum tissues. This increases recovery time and increases your chance of developing a serious infection. You should talk to your physician in advance about the tobacco cessation program that is right for you.
You will need to stick to a soft foods diet, while you are recovering. Stocking up on foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt will spare you the hassle of shopping. Staying hydrated is also important. Drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw, as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.
It’s not uncommon for the incisions to bleed a little for a day or two after surgery. When this happens, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. When the bleeding stops, you can rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to remove blood clots 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 Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh at 415.682.6377 to schedule an appointment.