The recovery time for crown lengthening is around three months. However, you’ll be able to continue your daily activities as your gums heal. You only need to avoid intense activity for the first 48 to 72. Heavy lifting, physically demanding job, and heavy exertion could hinder your healing and lead to more bleeding.
Your surgeon can give you a better insight into the specifics of your recovery after the crown lengthening procedure. Follow these general guidelines:
Take prescription medication: Your doctor will most likely recommend taking Tylenol or ibuprofen at short intervals. Sometimes antibiotics, as well as extra-strength painkillers, may also go in your aftercare instructions.
Use an ice pack: Use an ice pack on your face for the first few hours after the procedure to reduce swelling. Don’t use the pack continuously, put it on for 20 minutes, then 20 minutes off. After a few days, you may switch to moist heat.
Avoid rinsing your mouth: Don’t rinse your mouth as it can elongate the bleeding. If bleeding persists, use a moistened tea bag to apply slight pressure to the area for 20 to 30 minutes.
Brush carefully: Only brush your biting surfaces in a gentle way, where the dressing has been applied. Brush and floss normally in other areas. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the dressing.
Eat a soft food diet: Avoid eating with the surgical area. Also, don’t eat anything:
- Highly seasoned
- Small seeds
Avoid smoking and alcohol: Don’t drink until after your post-op appointment. Stay away from smoking for a week or longer.
Crown lengthening is performed for both aesthetic and dental purposes. When performed by an expert, you can expect your procedure to go smoothly and increase your teeth’ health and longevity.
If you have any queries get help from the dental experts at Brookshire Smile Dental. Give us a call at 281-934-1010.