Post operative care

The Importance of Post-Operative Care

After major surgery, it’s imperative that you follow the directions of the dentists in order to ensure that your procedure or treatment is successful. This can include taking certain medications, checking surgical dressings, sutures and checking for other symptoms. At Pickup Bagshaw Dental, we not only seek to give our patients fantastic smiles, but also work to ensure that their procedures go smoothly both in and out of the office. Below we’ve listed some important topics to keep in mind if you’ve recently undergone dental treatments or surgeries.

Post-Operative Care After Tooth Extractions

The most important part after a tooth extraction is to make sure that a blood clot forms. After the surgery, you will be asked to bite down on some gauze for at least one hour after the appointment. You may have to change your gauze every 30 minutes or so if the wound is still bleeding. After the blood clot has formed, losing it could set you back in healing time.

For the following 72 hours, DO NOT:

  • Rinse vigorously
  • Make sucking or slurping motions (such as straws)
  • Smoke
  • Consume alcohol
  • Brush directly on or next to the extraction site

Care for Dental Surgery

After undergoing a dental surgery, such as implant placement or root canal or more, there are some tips to keep in mind to avoid post-operative complications. For one, it is expected that there will be some bleeding and swelling. An ice pack can keep the swelling to a minimum, but the swelling itself should be gone within three days. If it extends beyond that, please contact us to receive further instructions.

When it comes to mealtime, keep your diet restricted to soft foods that are easier to chew and drink plenty of fluids. Don’t forget to take any medication that is prescribed for you by Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas.

Warning Signs

While we take great care to ensure our patients have access to safe and efficient dental procedures, patients should be aware of the following post-operative warning signs. While rare, if any of the following occurs after your dental procedure with us, please contact us right away to schedule an evaluation.

  • Fever
  • Frequent pain
  • Redness or extensive swelling
  • Pus or discharge from the treatment site
  • Dry socket

Does It Cost More for Post-Operative Care?

No. Post-operative care is included in your initial estimate for the surgical procedure. This includes removal of any sutures and check-ups. If you have any further post-operative issues, contact us today.

Ask About Post-Operative Care in Launceston

If you’ve recently undergone a surgical dental procedure with us here at Pickup Bagshaw Dental, we’re here to answer your questions if you experience any complications. Your health and safety are our top priority and we want to ensure that you’re satisfied with your treatment. Contact us for a consultation or if you need to schedule a postoperative appointment with Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas.

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