Post–Op Instructions

Dental Post–Op Instructions

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Extraction Post-Op Instructions | Root Canal Therapy Post-Op Instructions | Composite Post-Op Instructions | Amalgam Post-Op Instructions

Extraction Post-Op Instructions

When leaving the office, you will still be numb from the anesthesia. Be very careful not to bite your lip or tongue. It is best not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

After biting on the gauze for 45 minutes, the bleeding should be controlled. You may have some oozing at times, but remember mixed with saliva, it can seem like a lot. If bleeding persists, fold 2 pieces of gauze, gently place over the extraction site and bite with pressure for 45 more minutes. You can also do this with a moistened tea bag.

Healing takes time and it is different for everyone. The first phase of healing is the formation of a clot in the extraction site; it will appear dark brown to black. This is normal and it is important to keep it intact. Avoid touching with your tongue or fingers, do not drink through a straw, smoke or eat/drink anything hot, alcoholic or carbonated. Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery and avoid chewing on the surgical side.

Discomfort is normal after an extraction. Over-the-counter pain medications usually relieve the discomfort. In some cases, a prescription may have been given for pain, it is best if it is not taken on an empty stomach. Pain and swelling can be decreased by using an ice pack on your face at the extraction site- 20 mintues on, 20 minutes off, for the first six hours following the extraction. Relaxing as much as possible and elevating your head will help with healing. No strenuous activity for 24 hours.

After the numbing has worn off, you should eat something. Limit your diet to soft, cold or cool foods, like yogurt, ice cream, soft-cooked eggs, and protein drinks for the first 24 hours. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids: water, fruit juice or milk.

After 24 hours, start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.1teaspoon salt to 8 oz. of water, gently swish and spit out. You should do this 2-3 times a day for the next week.

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Root Canal Post-Op Instructions

When leaving the office you will still be numb from the anesthesia. Be very careful not to bite your lip or tongue. It is best not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

Protect the temporary filling or crown on the tooth as much as possible. Chew on the opposite side and avoid sticky or hard foods. Continue to brush gently in the area of the temporary. When flossing, pull the floss out to the side, lifting at the contact point will dislodge the temporary.

You may have some discomfort after the procedure, especially if there was pain or infection prior to the treatment. Continue to take any antibiotics that were prescribed and over-the-counter pain medications, if needed.

If you notice your bite is uneven, hitting the root canal tooth, please call the office. You may need a minor bite adjustment.

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Composite Post-Op Instructions

When leaving the office you will still be numb from the anesthesia, be very careful not to bite your lip or tongue. It is best not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

It is normal to have some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. The tooth needs time to adjust to the new material and tissue needs to heal after being manipulated. Rinsing with warm salt water will help the tissue. If the sensitivity lasts more than a week, contact the office.

White fillings are set immediately, so as soon as the numbing wears off you can chew as you normally would. If you notice your bite is uneven, call the office. You may need a minor bite adjustment.

You should continue brushing and flossing as you would normally.

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Amalgam Post-Op Instructions

When leaving the office you will still be numb from the anesthesia, be very careful not to bite your lip or tongue. It is best not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

It is normal to have some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. The tooth needs time to adjust to the new material and tissue needs to heal after being manipulated. Rinsing with warm salt water will help the tissue. If the sensitivity last more than a week, contact the office.

Amalgam fillings need time to completely harden. Do not chew on that side for 24 hours. If you notice your bite is uneven, call the office. You may need a minor bite adjustment.

You may continue brushing as you normally would but wait 24 hours before flossing between the teeth with the new amalgam filling.

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