Post-Op Instructions and Aftercare

Although many of our services involve conservative or minimally invasive techniques, there are some surgical dental procedures that require a brief healing period. Fortunately, following your dentist’s guidelines after surgery can reduce the possibility of complications and help accelerate your recovery. Dr. Jeff Blackburn and Dr. Kevin (Chang Hun) Lee have provided comprehensive post-operative instructions for the various dental procedures performed at our Richmond-area practice. Please don’t hesitate to contact our dentists if you have any questions about aftercare following your treatment.

Instructions Before Dental Anesthesia

Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare

Immediately After Surgery

Throughout the Healing Period

You can also decrease bleeding and swelling after wisdom teeth extraction by sitting upright and refraining from exercise until your surgeon instructs otherwise. If uncontrolled bleeding, swelling, and/or pain continues, please call our office for further care instructions.

Dental Implant Surgery Aftercare

Immediately after dental implant surgery, it is very important to avoid disturbing the wound sites as your gums heal. Do not rinse, spit, or touch the affected area for the rest of the day. Additionally, refer to these post-operative instructions:

Bone Grafting Surgery Aftercare

If you have lost bone density over the years or if you do not have enough bone volume to support an implant, a tissue graft may be necessary to regenerate a healthy bone structure. Following your bone grafting procedure:

If you find small granules of the bone graft in your mouth after surgery, do not be alarmed; this is normal for the first several days following a bone grafting procedure.

Pinhole® Surgical Technique Aftercare

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive gum recession treatment that does not require incisions or sutures. As a result, the recovery period after surgery is typically smooth and well-tolerated. Following treatment, do not:

During the brief healing period:

Please call our team at South River Dentistry if you have any concerns or uncontrolled reactions after surgery. We will be following up with your care as necessary to monitor the progress of your recovery.

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