Following oral surgery, it is crucial that you follow post-op instructions to avoid possible complications, and to allow for proper healing. Below, we have outlined some general instructions that you can use in addition to the information we provide you in the office.
After oral surgery, you should wait at least two hours before eating. This will allow the anesthesia to wear off. Eating too soon after surgery can cause damage to soft tissue because you won’t be able to feel parts of your mouth numb from the anesthesia.
After your root canal procedure, you should expect to experience some soreness for a few days. Avoid chewing food on the side of your mouth where the root canal therapy was performed to minimize your discomfort and to allow the restorative material to set correctly.
You will be prescribed an antibiotic to treat any infection that remains in your tooth. You should contact the dentist immediately if you experience:
Prior to receiving your permanent dental bridge or crown, we will place a temporary restoration as a placeholder. It won’t be as sturdy as the permanent device, so you will need to be careful while eating, brushing, and flossing.
When brushing, brushing your teeth, brush gently and do not pull upwards on the tooth while flossing, because you may dislodge the temporary crown. Try to avoid eating foods that are sticky or chewy as well.
After placing the temporary or permanent crown, you may experience some sensitivity or irritation. Once the soft tissue has had time to heal, this sensation to be reduced. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water, or take an Advil to help with the pain.
Once the permanent crown or bridge is put in, it may feel a little strange. It will take your mouth some time to adjust to the new tooth, but you should feel normal and natural within a week. If you have issues chewing or if your bite feels abnormal, contact us as soon as possible.
You will need to brush and floss regularly after your crown or bridge is placed, just as you normally would.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you will likely experience tooth sensitivity. Avoid drinking and eating hot and cold foods for a few days. Within about a week, the treated teeth should feel completely natural and new.
Resume your regular oral hygiene care such as brushing and flossing in order to extend the lifespan of your fillings.
Your gums will likely have some soreness and irritation for a few days after scaling and root planing. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water 2-3 times a day (1 tsp salt with 8 oz. of water). The solution will help to alleviate your pain as well as cleanse the treated area.
Continue to brush and floss, but try to brush gently to avoid irritating the gums. In the event that you experience stiffness or swelling, you can take pain relieving medicine and place a cold compress on the painful spot.
Do not eat hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after care in order to allow the area to heal properly. Contact your dentist if you continue to experience swelling or pain.
Prior to placing your permanent veneer, we will give you a temporary restoration first. Since this is a temporary placement, it will not be as sturdy and secure as the permanent veneers will be, so be careful when brushing your teeth and eating.
You may have some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent veneer is placed, but it should go away after a few days once the soft tissue has healed. You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt & 8 oz. water) or take pain medicine such as Advil to help with your pain.
Your teeth should go back to feeling natural within about a week. If you experience any pain or an abnormal bite, contact the dentist as soon as possible. When you are brushing or flossing, make sure to target the area between the veneers and the tooth and gum line.
Following a tooth extraction, you will need to rest. You will also need a friend or family member with you to drive you home due to the anesthesia.
The extraction site will bleed for a while after the surgery. The oral surgeon will apply gauze after the surgery, but you will have to change it with a fresh piece after it has become soaked. If you experience bleeding for more than 24 hours, contact the dentist.
Once you are home, you should rest, but avoid lying flat, because it could draw out the bleeding. You can prop your head on a pillow. You will be prescribed pain medication to help with any pain, and you can also apply an ice pack on the area. Additionally, you may be given a cleaning solution in order to clean the extraction site.
Your diet will be restricted to soft foods for a few days following the oral surgery. Some foods you may eat are:
Avoid using a straw when drinking liquids, because the sucking motion may cause your sutures to loosen which slows down the clotting process. You should also avoid smoking.
You should contact the dentist in the following situations: