It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid any post operative complications. As per industry standard, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Attempting to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage simply because full feeling has not been restored to your mouth. The instructions found below are simply guidelines. After your surgery we 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 as not to irritate the area and to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will also need to take a prescribed antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, any type of reaction to the medication, or a loss of the temporary restoration (filling), call us immediately.
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 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. You may also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain persists.
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. It will feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know immediately. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. Brush and floss regularly.
White Fillings (Bonding)
After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be quite sensitive. Avoid hot and cold food or drinks for the next few days as there may be increased sensitivity. After the initial healing period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.
Scaling and Root Planing
After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated most likely for a few days. You should 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. Brushing and flossing may be continued right after the procedure, but brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area, place a cold compress on it and take some pain medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, contact the officet.
Before you receive your permanent veneer you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version. So be careful when cleaning and eating. Brush the area gently and do 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 persists.
When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth. Although it should feel like normal in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. When brushing and flossing, pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.
After the surgery you will need to rest. You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while post-op. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery which will need to be changed when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call us immediately. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. We will prescribe you pain medication so if you are sore, take it as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. We may also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
Limit your diet to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Here is a list of allowed foods.
…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 please call us at the office for a follow up.