- Put pressure on the gauze which has been placed at the extraction site. Keep pressure on for an hour. If bleeding starts again, press the gauze there for another 45 minutes to an hour.
- Be sure not to bite the numb tissue. If you are the guardian of a child who has undergone an extraction procedure, be sure that they don’t bite the numb areas of their mouth.
- Avoid hot food and drink. Refrain from using a straw, spitting, drinking carbonated beverages, rinsing, and brushing your teeth on the day of the extraction.
- Apply ice to painful areas and take any prescribed medication the way it was prescribed to control pain.
- Take any medications given to you in the way they were instructed.
- Soft food and liquids are the recommended diet for the first 2-3 days after surgery.
- There should be no smoking for at least 2-3 days.
- If you receive any extra materials, like an ice wrap, follow the instructions for those materials carefully.
- Should you experience excessive bleeding or pain which cannot be controlled, please contact our office. If it is an emergency, call 911.
- Don’t use the new filling to eat for a whole hour after it is applied and wait until the numbness is gone.
- Be sure not to bite the numb tissue. If you are the guardian of a child who received fillings, be sure that they don’t bite the numb areas of their mouth.
- Be aware that cold and heat sensitivity can persist for a few days after the filling is applied.
- If you experience pain for more than a few days after the procedure, please contact our office.
Crown & Bridge; Inlays & Onlays
- These procedures take multiple appointments to complete. The first appointment will take impressions and fit your teeth with a temporary crown. There may be some sensitivity and gum soreness during this period until the permanent crown is placed on the teeth.
- While your mouth is numb after the procedures, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has gone away.
- The temporary crown is at a higher risk for breakage or damage. If the crown comes off, please save it and contact our offices. Do all you can to avoid using the temporary crown to chew sticky or hard food. Try to use the other side of your mouth to chew as much as possible.
- There might be a little pressure after the permanent restoration is placed, but this should go away in 2-3 days after the procedure. If it does not, please contact our office.
- You can stick to your routine brushing activities, but be careful flossing around the temporary crown.
- If you experience significant, lasting pain, then please contact our office.
Deep Cleaning and Teeth Cleaning
- Cold and heat sensitivity might follow the cleaning, particularly deep cleaning.
- If given anesthesia, don’t eat anything until the numbness goes away.
- Brush and floss as usual.
- A little bleeding for a few days after a cleaning is normal, but if the bleeding is excessive and/or continues longer than a few days, please contact our office. Also contact us if you are experiencing pain.
Root Canal Treatment
- There might be a little pain and sensitivity on the affected tooth. Gum soreness might also follow the procedure. The pain will go away gradually as you heal.
- Take any prescribed medication according to the instructions you were given.
- Don’t bite down on the tooth for at least an hour and wait until the area is no longer numb. Try to chew on the other side of your mouth until the permanent restoration has been placed.
- Brush and floss as usual.
- A final restoration will be placed to protect the tooth. Be sure to follow up and come in for this appointment so the last step can be enacted.
- If you are in significant pain and/or experience severe swelling, then please call our office.
- Every set of dentures will need adjustments to really fit in the mouth. Be advised that you will feel some discomfort for a few days with any pair of dentures.
- You need to remove the dentures every night and keep them in a cleaning solution or clean water. This is important as it allows your gums to rest.
- Brush your dentures! Your dentures need care just as your teeth do. Clean your dentures with a brush and water before you put them in your mouth.
- Talking might be a little more difficult for the first few days with a new set of dentures. Try reading out loud to help your mouth adapt.
- If you experience pain or significant discomfort from your new dentures, please contact us.
Bone Graft & Gum Surgery
- If you have had to undergo surgery to fix an area infected with periodontal disease, you will have several stitches at the site of surgery. These stitches are pulling the tissue together, so it’s imperative that you don’t pull your lips and cheeks to expose the site. This can delay healing. The stitches will have to remain for 2-3 weeks and your doctor will be able to tell you exactly how long you can expect the recovery process to take.
- If you have been given a periodontal pack, be advised that this is there to prevent infection and that it will work optimally if you follow the instructions set down by your doctor.
- With procedures this complicated, it is always best to follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery as they will be tailor-made to suit your individual situation.