POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

Post Op Instructions

It is crucial that you follow instructions after you have any type of oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. You should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia diminish. If you eat before 2 hours this may result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery your doctor or dental assistant will give you complete instructions on how to properly recover from the surgery.

Root Canal Therapy
Soreness will be expected after a root canal procedure for a couple of days. You must avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was carried out so you do not irritate that area. It will also ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You also need to take an antibiotic to treat any existing infection in your tooth. If you notice an enlarging amount of pain or tenderness, any reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling), you must call your dentist immediately.

Crowns and Bridges
Before you are presented with your permanent crown or bridge, you will first receive a short-term restoration. However, this is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning your teeth and eating. You should brush the area lightly and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged out of position. When eating, you should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some irritation and sensitivity after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will become less intense after the tender tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain is still present.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it will feel awkward for a couple of days. Your mouth will need to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels unusual in any way, you should let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth; you should brush and floss regularly at home.

White Fillings (Bonding)
After the anesthesia wears off, your teeth will most likely be sensitive. We recommend that you avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next couple of days. After that initial time period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last as long as possible.

Scaling and Root Planing
After this procedure, your gums will most likely be slightly sore and irritated for a couple of days. We recommend that you rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the pain and cleanse the area where you feel it. Flossing and brushing should be continued after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medication. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for the next few days after the surgery to ensure the area heals perfectly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a couple of days, contact your dentist.

Veneers
Before you receive your permanent veneer, you will first be provided a temporary restoration. However, this is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful whilst cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels unusual in any way, you should let your dentist know. When brushing and flossing, pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions
After the surgery you need to rest. You need to be driven home by a qualified friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, you should contact your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat on your back. This could prolong the bleeding. you should prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist will also give you a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to eating soft foods for a couple of days after your surgery. Some foods we recommend are:

  • Gelatin

  • Pudding

  • Yogurt

  • Mashed Potatoes

  • Ice Cream

  • Thin Soups

  • ...and any other foods you can eat without chewing.



Make sure you do not use a straw when drinking a beverage. The sucking motion will loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. Smoking caused the same thing. If you have prolonged pain, irritation, bleeding, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call your dentist for a follow up.