Post-Exposure and Bracket Placement Care Instructions
Following your exposure and bracket placement procedure, it’s essential to adhere to the following guidelines for optimal healing:
Oral Care: Refrain from disturbing the area by avoiding forceful rinsing, spitting, or drinking through a straw. Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours. Apply gentle pressure by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for 30 minutes to reduce bleeding. If bleeding persists, contact our office immediately. Take all prescribed medications, including mouth rinses, as directed.
Oral Hygiene: After 24 hours, perform warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) 4-5 times a day after meals. Use a soft manual toothbrush to gently brush your teeth, including the surgical areas.
Suture Care: Sutures will be placed after the surgery, and some may not dissolve on their own. Avoid rubbing or manipulating the surgical site to prevent re-bleeding or suture damage. A gold bracket may be attached to one of the sutures, which will be connected to your braces wire.
Healing Process: The exposed area around the tooth will heal like an ulcer over the course of 10-14 days. Tenderness will gradually diminish during this time. White or yellow discoloration is normal and does not indicate infection. Keep the area clean with salt water rinses.
Swelling Management: Apply ice packs to the face near the surgical site for the first 48-72 hours to reduce swelling. Alternate between applying ice for 15-20 minutes and resting for the same amount of time. If swelling persists after 24 hours, use a warm pack to aid in comfort and further reduce swelling and bruising.
Dietary Recommendations: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoid spicy, sharp, or crunchy foods for the initial recovery period. Refrain from using tobacco or alcohol for 24 hours following surgery.
Activity Restrictions: Limit physical activities immediately following surgery to support the healing process.
Remember, if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for assistance. We’re here to ensure your comfort and well-being throughout the healing journey.