When it comes to surgery, preparation can really put you at ease. If you’re gearing up for a frenectomy, here’s what you need to expect after the procedure.
In a frenectomy procedure, the doctor removes the frenum, the fold of skin on the underside of the tongue. If you’re having a frenectomy performed, there are a variety of symptoms to be expected following the event. Oral pain and discomfort, bleeding, and swelling are all likely to occur to varying degrees.
The Dos & Don’t
After a frenectomy, it’s best to try and get some rest. Ice packs can be helpful in reducing the swelling and easing pain. Ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug should also be good help with the pain. Avoid sucking or spitting and drinking through a straw, and don’t exercise, for the first two days after you have the procedure.
At Home Care
In the wake of your procedure, the big focus will need to be on healing. The pain and discomfort following a frenectomy usually subside fairly quickly, but there are things you should do to ensure that the wound heals nicely and does not get infected.
- Diet: In the aftermath, stick with liquids and soft foods and avoid anything hot. As you progress back to solid food, still avoid anything too hard or crunchy, and stay away from the wound when you’re chewing.
- Oral care: Keeping your mouth clean is key to avoiding infection. As the wound heals, brush following any food with a soft bristled brush.
- Bleeding: You may experience some additional bleeding as the wound is healing in the days following the surgery. If you do, have gauze on hand to stem the blood flow.
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In general, a recovery for a frenectomy tends to be straightforward and simple. If you do have problems, however, we’re here to help. Give us a call here at Dental Solutions of Columbus.
For more information on a frenectomy or to schedule an oral health consultation, please contact our office. We look forward to hearing from you!