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Post-Op Instructions

After any dental treatment, it’s important that you follow your dentist’s instructions so you’re able to heal quickly and properly. Generally, you should always wait at least two hours after having your mouth numbed before eating something. Attempting to eat any earlier could result in you accidentally biting your cheek or tongue without knowing it. If you’ve recently received any of the dental treatments listed below, the following guidelines will ensure that your smile will feel and function like normal in no time. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, please give us a call.

Crowns and Bridges Post-Op Instructions

When getting a crown or bridge placed to repair/replace a tooth, you’ll first spend a week or so with a temporary restoration while your final one is being made. This temporary is not as sturdy as your permanent restoration will be, so be very careful whenever you are eating or cleaning your teeth. Be sure to brush with a light touch and don’t floss too vigorously. It’s also a good idea to avoid sticky or chewy foods until you get your real crown/bridge.

After your final crown/bridge has been placed, you may feel some sensitivity or irritation in the area for a few days. This is to be expected and should subside after just a few days. Rinsing your mouth with salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain medication can help with any lingering discomfort as well.

It may feel like your crown or bridge doesn’t quite fit right in your bite initially. Your mouth simply needs time to adjust to something new, and it should feel normal within a week or so. However, if pain persists for more than a week, or if it still doesn’t feel quite right in your bite, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to take a look at it for you.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Post-Op Instructions

Once your anesthesia has worn off, your restored tooth will likely feel a little more sensitive. So, you should avoid hot and cold foods and beverages for a few days while your tooth heals. After 3 or 4 days, it should feel like normal, and you’ll be able to take care of your repaired tooth just by brushing and flossing consistently.

Scaling and Root Planing Post-Op Instructions

As with most dental procedures, your teeth and gums will probably feel sore for the first few days after treatment. To help with this, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water about 2-3 times a day. This will also help clean your mouth. You can brush and floss right after undergoing scaling and root planing, but be sure to use a light touch so you do not irritate your gums. You may experience some swelling, and this can be managed by placing a cold compress on your face near the area of discomfort. Avoid eating any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after so your mouth has time to heal. If pain or swelling is still present after a week, be sure to get in touch with us.

Porcelain Veneer Post-Op Instructions

In the process of getting porcelain veneers, you will have a temporary set placed on your teeth while your final veneers are being made. These are not as strong or secure as real veneers, so be sure to be careful whenever you are eating or cleaning your teeth. Be particularly cautious while eating. It’s best to avoid any particularly hard or chewy foods while you have temporary veneers.

Once you have your real veneers bonded to your teeth, it may take your mouth a few days to adjust to having them in your mouth. Your bite may feel different, but this awkwardness should go away after a week or so. However, if you experience any pain, swelling, or if one of your veneers comes off, you should contact your dentist right away.

As for the long-term care of your veneers, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard if you participate and sports and a nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.

Extraction Post-Op Instructions

Right after an extraction, you will need to take it easy for the rest of the day. You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the office if you’re receiving any kind of sedation other than nitrous oxide. Soreness, swelling, and bleeding are all to be expected for the first few days. You’ll be given a gauze dressing right before you leave our office, and you’ll need to change it every time it becomes soaked. If this bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, you should call us right away.

When resting at home, make sure you are always sitting up and not laying down. If you want to sleep, your head should be propped up. This will help your blood clot more quickly to stop the bleeding sooner. If you’re prescribed pain medication, take it as directed by your dentist. You can also place an ice pack on your face to help with any discomfort as well. To clean your mouth for the first day or so, gently rinse it with the solution provided by your dentist.

You will be limited to a soft food diet for the first few days after an extraction, so it’s a good idea to stock up on items such as soups, puddings, and gelatins etc. before the actual procedure. It’s also important that you do not brush your teeth, spit, or use a straw for the first 24 hours. This could disrupt the formation of the clot, which can cause additional bleeding. Depending on your particular situation, you should be able to return to all normal activities within 2-4 days.