How To Care For A Frenectomy Post-Op?

After your child gets their frenectomy surgery, your San Antonio pediatric dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your child's surgical area.

It is essential to follow these instructions closely for proper healing. In this post, we will go over the basics of post-operative care for a frenectomy. Keep reading for more information!

What To Expect Immediately Following The Frenectomy Procedure

Once the frenectomy procedure is complete, your child's mouth will be sore and swollen. There may also be some bruising and bleeding. Your child may also experience pain and discomfort from their frenectomy. You will need to clean the area regularly with a warm, soapy cloth and place a cold compress outside the mouth to help reduce swelling.

Post-Op Home Care Instructions

To aid recovery, we recommend using medicinal and non-medicinal pain relief options. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce inflammation and ease discomfort in the surgical site. Follow the instructions on the label and call your pediatrician if there are any questions or concerns.

Along with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, there are also non-medicinal ways to help your child feel better after their surgery. Ice packs and cold compresses can be applied to the surgical site several times daily. Additionally, having your child take warm salt water and rinse twice daily can help reduce swelling and encourage healing.

Give your child soft foods to eat and avoid hard or crunchy foods that could irritate the surgical site. It would be best to have your child brush their teeth gently and avoid using toothpaste with fluoride for the first few days.

Don't forget to check the surgical site for any signs of infection or complications. Contact your child's dentist or oral surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.

What Do I Do If My Child Has A Suture?

If your child has a suture, you will need extra care to ensure that the area is clean and free of infection. Here are some tips on how to care for your child's suture:

  • Ensure your child stays hydrated by giving them plenty of fluids to drink.
  • Give your child some pain medication if they are in discomfort.
  • Keep the area clean and dry by gently washing it with water. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your child's doctor.

It is essential to follow your dentist's instructions for suture care. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, pain, or discharge from the wound.

When To Contact Your Dentist Regarding The Healing Process

It's crucial to keep an eye on your child's healing progress after they have undergone a frenectomy. If you notice any of the following, contact your dentist right away:

  • The area doesn't seem to be healing correctly, or the wound looks inflamed.
  • Your child has a fever or is experiencing pain that does not subsidize after taking over-the-counter medications.
  • You notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus coming from the wound.
  • Your child develops difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing.

Contact Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry To Book An Appointment

Dr. Angie Sage and the Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry team can provide advice and treatment if necessary. We offer pediatric dentistry services and are committed to helping your child achieve optimal oral health. Call (210) 822-8381 to request an appointment.

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