Post Op Instructions – After Fillings

If you have had a filling and anesthetic has been used, then your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue may be numb for several hours after appointment. Please be careful chewing until the numbness has worn off completely. Your gums may be sore after the filling for several days, and it is normal to feel some sensitivity to hot, cold or pressure. Rinsing with warm salt water can help to reduce pain and swelling. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and rinse/swish in your mouth and then spit the salt water out. If your bite feels uneven or if pain continues, please call us for assistance.

Post Op Instructions – After a Root Canal

Root canals can take two or more appointment and sometimes a temporary filling or crown is placed on the tooth to protect it during the process. You may experience numbness for several hours after the appointments because of the anesthetic. Be careful chewing until the numbness is completely gone.

It is normal and not a problem is some of the temporary filling wears away or breaks off between your appointments. Avoid sticky foods, hard foods and gum while wearing the temporary filling/crown. If the entire temporary filling/crown falls off, please call us so that we can see you and replace it.

After a root canal, you may experience some discomfort for a few days. We may prescribe pain medication. If we do, please make sure to take it to control the pain. To help reduce swelling and pain, rinsing the area three times a day with warm salt water can help. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water. Swish/rinse and then spit out the salt water.

If we have prescribed antibiotics make sure to finish the entire prescription, even if you have no pain or other symptoms. Continue to brush and floss normally. If you continue to have pain, swelling or your bite feels uneven, please call us.

Post Op Instructions – After Cosmetic Reconstruction

If you have had cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to remember that it may take some time to get used to your new smile and bite. Your teeth may be in a new position or thicker than what you are used to, so it takes time to adjust. If you continue to experience any discomfort or feel your bite is uneven, please call us.

It is also normal to experience sensitivity to cold, hot or pressure as you adjust. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Rinsing with warm salt water, and sometimes taking a medication for pain can help.

And your speech might even be slightly affected for the first few days, and your salivary glands may need some time to respond to the new size and shape of your teeth. You will adjust!

Avoid sticky or especially hard foods and minimize foods that can cause staining like tea, coffee, wine and berries. It’s very important to continue your daily brushing and flossing and continue to see us for regular cleaning appointments.

Post Op Instructions – After a Crown or Bridge

At your first appointment for a crown or bridge the teeth are prepared and a temporary crown or bridge is placed in your moth while we make the custom restoration especially for you.

You may experience numbness for several hours after the appointments because of the anesthetic. Be careful chewing until the numbness is completely gone. It is also normal to experience sensitivity to cold, hot or pressure as you adjust. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Rinsing with warm salt water, and sometimes taking a medication for pain can help.

To help keep the temporary crown or bridge in place, try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth and avoid sticky or hard foods. But, continue to brush and floss regularly.

If you have persistent pain or discomfort, please call us.

Post Op Instructions – After a Tooth Extraction

After a tooth has been extracted, a very small blood clot will form in the area to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. For this reason, we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the tooth is extracted. If the area continues to ooze or bleed after you remove the gauze, replace it with new, clean gauze and repeat for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times. Protect the area for the next 24 hours to allow the healing to begin.

After a tooth extraction, please do not:

  • Rinse vigorously
  • Suck through a straw
  • Smoke
  • Clean the teeth next to the extraction area