Anti-inflammatories. Yes. Aspirin or Ibuprofen substitutes are excellent anti-inflammatory medications that can reduce post-operative swelling in a short time if taken every 4-6 hours for 1-2 days. Keep your mouth clean and use cold packs that also reduce swelling. Finally, ask your treating periodontist to write a prescription for his "drug of choice". Also ask if antibiotic coverage might be beneficial.
Cortisone. Some dentists use cortisone to reduce post-operative swelling. Less powerful are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as aspirin, celebrex, (celecoxib) motrin, indocin, toradol, aleve, and naprosyn. Very important to use ice packs initially 1st 24 hrs.
Is there a popular prescription oral rinse that helps to control plaque build up after dental gum grafting? Can a steroid used to decrease swelling?
Chlorhexadine. Chlorhexadine glauconite 0.16% [ Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) or perioguard } is commonly prescribed as an antimicrobial rinse after a gum graft. It won't prevent plaque build up, but it will prevent post operative infections while you can't brush the grafted area. Brush everywhere else your periodontist instructed you to. Avoid manipulating the area as prescribed. I tell my patients "leave it alone and let it heal".
Chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine oral rinse is often prescribed to reduce plaque build-up and control the germs following periodontal surgery like grafting. Hot salt rinses are soothing and help with swelling but not antimicrobial. Steroids are not often used. Take Ibuprofen for the pain and reduction of inflammation, including swelling.