TREATMENTIrrigate the undersurface of the
tissue flap and the surrounding area with warm
saline. Use a 5-ml Luer-Lok syringe with a blunted
18-gauge needle. Figure 2-15 shows how to blunt
the needle, and figure 2-16 shows the proper
irrigating technique. Wrap a spoon excavator with
a portion of a cotton pellet. Place a small amount of
glycerite of iodine on the pellet, and wipe the pellet
gently under the flap. See figure 2-17. Instruct the
patient to rinse with warm saline every 2 hours.
Stomatitis and Recurrent Labial Herpes
Stomatitis is an inflammation of the oral
mucosa. Two types of stomatitis commonly
encountered are herpetic gingivostomatitis and
Figure 2-15.Blunting the needle.
Figure 2-16.Irrigating beneath the tissue flap.
Figure 2-17.Applying glycerite of iodine.
aphthous stomatitis. Both conditions are marked
by the formation of small blisters and ulcers on the
oral mucosa as illustrated in figures 2-18 and 2-19.
Recurrent labial herpes is an infection that
produces a fever blister or cold sore. Such a
Figure 2-18.Herpetic gingivostomatitis.