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First Sierra Dental | Post-Op Instructions in Fresno

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Post-Op Instructions
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POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

 

It is important to follow instructions after you have any kind of oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating so numbness from the local anesthetic can wear off. This will help prevent trauma to your soft tissue in your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. To futher reduce discomfort, pain medication can be prescribe and warm salt water rinses ( 1tsp with 8 oz of warm water) 2-3 times a day can help. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call your dentist immediately. Brush and floss normally.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when 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 permanent crown or bridge 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 tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal 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.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue to brush and floss 2 times daily to ensure that your fillings last for a long time. If you experience sever sensitivity to biting or chewing, call you dentist. The filling may need to be adjusted to give you a proper bite.

Scaling and Root Planing

You should avoid eating until the numbness of the local anesthetic wears off. After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz warm water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right 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 medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the treatment to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a week contact your dentist. Ibuprofen can be taken as needed to reduce the inflammation.

Veneers

After your tooth is prepared for a veneer, a temoporary restoration will be placed to proctect the tooth. The temporary restoration is not as sturdy as the permanent veneer, so you should be careful when cleaning and chewing around the temporary restoration. Brushing is still recommended in the area, but gently. You should avoid flossing between the temporary because you can dislodge it. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods to prevent the temporary from dislodging.

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 tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions
After extractions,
a good rest is recommended. If extractions area done with only local anesthesia, you should be able to drive after the proceedure. You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a while longer 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 call your dentist. Rest when you return home , but do not lie flat, instead, prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Avoid any vigorious or physical labor, such as excersing for the rest of the day. Avoid smoking for the next 48 hours to ensure proper healing . Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, and they should be taken according to the your dentist's instructions. An ice pack may also be used to reduce swelling to your face. Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and other food you can eat without chewing.



When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.