What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Gum Biopsy?

Recovery from a gum biopsy is usually quick and involves minimal discomfort. Key aspects of the recovery process include:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort. Avoid aspirin as it can increase bleeding.
  • Oral Hygiene: Follow the dentist’s or surgeon’s instructions on maintaining oral hygiene. This may include using a special mouthwash to prevent infection.
  • Diet: Eat soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that might irritate the biopsy site for a few days.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities and do not disturb the biopsy site to promote healing.
  • Monitoring: Watch for signs of complications, such as increased pain, swelling, fever, or prolonged bleeding, and contact your healthcare provider if these occur.
  • Follow-Up: Attend follow-up appointments to discuss the biopsy results and any further treatment or monitoring that may be needed based on the findings.