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A crown lengthening procedure requires your dentist to make several cuts in your gums in order to expose the root of your teeth. This helps to create additional space for your crown to fit comfortably on. Once the procedure is completed, it is important for your gums and teeth to remain clean until the crown is properly fitted. This can be difficult to do while your surgical site is still healing. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to keep your mouth bacteria-free following your crown lengthening procedure.
Use an Antibacterial Rinse Three Times a Day
Following a dental procedure as extensive as a crown lengthening, brushing your teeth frequently may cause more harm than good. In order to keep your mouth bacteria-free during this time, it is important to add an antibacterial rinse to your routine. This rinse will clean out hard-to-reach areas in your mouth and rid your mouth of any kind of bacteria buildup.
You can quickly make your own powerful rinse using bee balm. The herb makes a solid mouthwash because of its antibacterial properties. Start by adding a teaspoon of bee balm to a cup and fill the cup with hot water. Allow the bee balm to soak for several hours. Then strain the bee balm and add several drops of grapefruit juice to the mixture. Use the rinse three times a day and try to pay special attention to your gum line. Avoid using your mouth to swish the rinse vigorously. This can cause your sutures to open up.
Stick to Soft Foods
Eating hard foods after your crown lengthening can end up disrupting the healing process. Foods like nuts can end up puncturing your surgical site before it fully heals. In addition, these foods can get stuck in the surgical site. When either of these two scenarios occurs, this can result in a bacterial infection. You can avoid this by sticking to a soft food diet during the first few weeks after your surgery is complete. Mashed potatoes, soups, and steamed vegetables will help to keep your surgical site healthy. Once your mouth begins to fully heal, you can slowly ease more solid foods back into your diet.
The recovery process after a crown lengthening is just as important as the actual procedure. Poor dental care habits can quickly lead to a bacteria infection once the surgery is done. Therefore, use these tips to help keep this from happening. Contact a cosmetic dentist for more information.