Post-Op Instructions

Every surgical procedure has a set of post-op instructions that must be followed for proper healing and recovery. The general rule is that the amnesia must wear off and you must wait several hours before eating. Full instructions will be provided from the doctor to properly heal after a surgery.

Root Canal

Following a root canal procedure, soreness can be felt for a few days. In this case, you should avoid chewing food on the side of the mouth that has the treatment site. This avoids additional irritation on the area and ensures the temporary restoration is properly set. An antibiotic may be taken to remove any additional infections in your tooth. Call your dentist immediately if any increase in pain or tenderness occurs.

Crowns and Bridges

Before your permanent crowns/bridges are placed, a temporary restoration will be provided. They are not as durable as the permanent ones, which means you should take precaution when eating or cleaning. The area should be brushed gently and avoid eating sticky or chewy foods.  After the permanent crowns/bridges are placed, some increased sensitivity may be experienced. This can be managed using warm salt water until the soft tissue heals.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After anesthesia wears off, your teeth will become extra sensitive. You should avoid hot or cold food and drink for next few days. Your treated teeth will eventually stabilize and you can continue your regular hygiene plan to ensure the longevity of your fillings.

Scaling and Root Planing

After scaling and root planing, your gums may be sore or slightly irritated for a few days. You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water 2-3 times per day to help manage it. You can continue brushing and flossing right after the procedure, but brush gently to avoid further irritating the area. If any swelling or stiffness occurs, place a cold compress on the area and take pain relieving medicine. You should refrain from eating any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days following the surgery.

Veneers

After your permanent veneers have been placed, you may experience increased sensitivity and irritation. This is normal and the sensitivity will subside after the soft tissue fully heals. Advil or Tylenol can be taken if the pain does not disappear. Your mouth may need to adjust to the veneers, but you will begin to feel more normal within a week. Notify your dentist if you experience any abnormalities with your bite. During your brushing or flossing, dedicate additional attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth.

Extractions

Following an extraction, you will require a period of rest. You must be accompanied by a friend or family member so they can drive you home from the office, this is due to the effects of anesthesia.  Some bleeding may occur in the extraction site after the surgery.  Gauze will be applied and you may need to have it changed when it becomes soaked. Call your dentist if the bleeding persists for more than 24 hours. Pain medication will be prescribed to treat soreness. An ice pack can also be used for the pain.

Your diet may be limited to soft foods for a few days following surgery. They include:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups

If you are drinking, avoid using a straw.  Sucking can loosen the sutures and slow the clotting process. You should also refrain from smoking. If you feel the extraction site isn’t healing properly, contact your dentist for a follow-up appointment.

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