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Post Op Instructions

These are general post op instructions for the following procedures. If you are having symptoms that are not covered here or have a dental emergency, please contact the office directly.

Root Canal Therapy:

It is best to refrain from eating for at least two hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possibly injury to your soft tissue. This will also allow the temporary restorative material to harden.

You will most likely feel soreness in the area as well as pressure when you bite down. For this reason, avoid hard and chewy foods. Do not eat on the treated side of your mouth for at least twenty-four hours. The soreness should subside within a week.

Take any antibiotic medication prescribed to you by the doctor as this will eliminate any remaining infection in the tooth.

If you notice any of the following symptoms please contact our office:

  • Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth
  • A reaction to the medication
  • Loss of the temporary filling material
  • Tooth fracture

Crowns and Bridges:

It is best to refrain from eating for at least two hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possibly injury to your soft tissue.

Regarding your Temporary Restoration: Please be careful when cleaning around the temporary restoration. Do not pull up on the temporary when flossing this area. Make sure to brush this area gently; do not chew any hard foods on the restoration. If your temporary comes off between appointments, please call our office so that we can reapply it for you.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold is to be expected following treatment. For the first few days, avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water. You can also take an Advil or Tylenol if the discomfort persists.

Permanent Crown/Bridge: When the final restoration is placed, your bite may feel a little different. This is simply your mouth adjusting to the new addition. If it still feels off in a few days, please call the office and we will get you in for a slight adjustment.

Home Care: It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing right away. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the longevity of your restoration.

Bonding / White Fillings:

It is best to refrain from eating for at least two hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possibly injury to your soft tissue.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold is expected following treatment. For the first few days, avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in your gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water. You can also take an Advil or Tylenol if your discomfort persists.

Home Care: Resume your regular brushing and flossing immediately. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the longevity of the restoration.

Scaling and Root Planing:

After your scaling or root planning, rinse your mouth two to three times per day with warm salt water. Use one teaspoon salt for every 8 ounces of water. Begin your home care immediately, and be sure you are extremely gentle with the treated areas.

If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue where you had treatment, taking Advil or Tylenol may relieve this feeling. The treated areas will probably be sensitive to hot and cold. It is best to refrain from eating any hard or chewy foods for the next forty-eight to seventy-two hours, as this treated area needs time to heal.

It is not uncommon to experience swelling or jaw stiffness. If this occurs, place a cold compress on the swelling or a hot towel on the stiffness.

Smoking should be terminated for a period of forty-eight to seventy-two hours following these procedures. Contact the office if pain and/or swelling persists.

Porcelain Veneers:

It is best to refrain from eating for at least two hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possibly injury to your soft tissue.

Regarding your Temporary Restoration: Please be careful when cleaning around the temporary restoration. Do not pull up on the temporary when flossing this area. Make sure to brush this area gently and not to chew any hard foods on the restoration. If your temporary comes off between appointments, please call our office so that we can reapply it for you.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold is expected following treatment. For the first few days, avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water. You can also take an Advil or Tylenol if your discomfort persists.

Permanent Veneers: When the final restoration is placed, your bite may feel a little different. This is just your mouth adjusting to the new addition. If it still feels “off” in a few days, please call the office for a slight adjustment.

Home Care: Resume your regular brushing and flossing immediately. It is very important to thoroughly clean the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line. A consistent daily home care routine will increase the longevity of the restoration.

Extractions:

Bleeding: It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first twenty-four hours following surgery. If slightly heavier bleeding occurs:

  1. Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site.
  2. Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
  3. If the bleeding continues, call the office.
  4. Do not suck on area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first forty-eight hours.

Rinsing:

  1. Don’t spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of the surgery.
  2. The day after surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
  3. You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery, however, be very careful around the surgical site.

Eating: You should start with liquids and very soft foods for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours following the surgery. If the area feels better, you can resume your normal diet. However, you should still be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.

Pain & Swelling: It is normal to experience some degree of swelling. If you do experience swelling, place ice over your face for twenty to thirty minutes at a time during the first twenty-four hours. This should help reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first thirty-six hours.

If you feel discomfort, it is recommended that you take an Advil or Tylenol to ease the pain. If the pain persists, please contact the office.