Post Operation Instructions


Restorations (Fillings)

When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and/or tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. It is normal to experience some mild hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Your gum tissue may be sore for several days. You may rinse and spit with warm salt water to help your tissue heal.

If your bite feels uneven after a couple of days, or if you have persistent pain, please call our office for further instructions.

Root Canal

After anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

Often times, root canal therapy may take two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling may be placed to protect the tooth between appointments. Avoid hard or sticky foods on the temporary material. Sometimes a small portion of the temporary material may wear away or break off, this is normal. If the entire filling falls out, please call us so it can be replaced.

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as prescribed or recommended.

If antibiotics are prescribed, continue them as directed even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

Crown & Bridge

Crowns and bridges usually take two appointments to complete. After each appointment with anesthetic, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours. Please avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

On the first appointment the teeth are prepared and temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the final restoration is being fabricated. On rare occasions, temporary crowns and bridges can come off. To avoid this, stay away from hard and sticky foods especially gum.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gum tissue may be sore for several days. Rinsing with warm salt water can help the tissue heal.

If your crown or bridge feels uneven, or if you are having persistent pain, please call our office for further instructions.

Oral Surgery

After oral surgery, it is normal to expect a light amount of bleeding, discomfort, and/or swelling. Be careful as your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off. If you follow these instructions, you will minimize complications and promote good healing.

To control bleeding - Immediately following the procedure, keep steady pressure on the extraction site by biting firmly on the gauze pad placed by the dental team. Pressure helps reduce bleeding and allows formation of a clot in the extraction site. Remove the gauze pack and replace it with a fresh, folded and moistened gauze every 30-45 minutes as needed. Some oozing may persist during the first 24 hours.

Protection of clot - During the first two days following the extraction, it is important that the clot not be disturbed to allow healing to progress. SMOKING, EXCESSIVE SPITTING, AND DRINKING THROUGH STRAWS SHOULD BE AVOIDED FOR TWO DAYS, as the force of suction from these activities could cause the clots to be dislodged.

To relieve discomfort - Immediately following the procedure, begin taking medication as directed by your dentist. Ice packs can also relieve discomfort, using them for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off.

Maintain a proper diet - For 24 hours after procedure, eat soft nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol, hot, and spicy foods. You may add solid foods to your diet after 24 hours as you feel comfortable.

Oral hygiene - 24 hours after the extraction, gently rinse mouth with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water. After meals, brush teeth as normal, careful around the affected area.

If you have any problems such as excessive bleeding, pain, or swelling, please notify our office for further instructions or treatment.