Dental Procedures | Post-Operative Care

Post-Operative Care

Please select the procedure you received to see a summary of post-op instructions. Call us if you have any questions:

Extraction:

  • Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been put over the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressure applied for another 20 minutes.
  • If you are supervising children who have had an extraction done, make sure they donít bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction. Also, do not rinse your mouth and do not use a straw for drinking. Do not spit and do not drink carbonated beverages. Do not brush on the day of the surgery; you can gently resume your brushing and flossing the day after.
  • You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or some swelling, especially after extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. Ice bag application and medication prescribed for you will help to minimize your discomfort.
  • Please take Nurofen, Paracetamol prior to the anaesthetic wearing off to minimise discomfort. The above pain killers may be used every four hours for the next 24 hours.
    DO NOT take Aspirin or aspirin based medication unless prescribed by your doctor.
    Please take all the medication you have received based on the provided instructions as well as the medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • During the first 2-3 days after surgery a diet of soft food and liquids is recommended (soup, yogurt, milkshakes and juice).
  • From tomorrow please rinse with warm salt water especially after meals to keep the area clean and free of food debris.
  • DO NOT smoke or consume alcohol for the next 48 hours. This will minimise the risk of post-operative complications such as a dry socket or infection.
  • Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Fillings:

  • Do not eat on your new filling for one hour and until your numbness is gone.
  • If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they donít bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  • You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and some gum soreness; this usually subsides within a few days.
  • Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the fillings, or if you have any questions.

Crowns and Bridges:

  • Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth.
  • You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth; it should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s).
  • Whenever anesthesia is used, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
  • A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material or soft metal. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may also come off; if it does, save the crown and call our office. The temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving. If it comes off it should be replaced as soon as possible. To avoid losing your temporary, do not chew on sticky or hard food (chewing gum, ice). Try to chew on the opposite side of the temporary as much as possible.
  • Continue your normal brushing but avoid flossing around the temporaries.
  • After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. But if after 2-3 days the bite still feels uneven or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.

Root Canal Treatment:

  • You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
  • Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth; do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
  • Continue your brushing and flossing.
  • Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions

Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning):

  • You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning).
  • If you have received anesthesia do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
  • Continue your regular brushing and flossing.
  • Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.
  • Call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.

Placement of Braces:

  • You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your teeth.
  • Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.
  • Brushing and flossing around braces is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very important.
  • Call our office if you have any questions.

Gum Surgery:

  • You may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding after the surgery.
  • Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Apply an ice bag on your face over the surgical site on the day of surgery for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.
  • Do not smoke, spit, or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).
  • Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office

Denture Delivery:

  • You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. All new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth.
  • You should take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container filled with water or denture cleaning solution. Your gums need to rest and be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
  • Clean dentures thoroughly with a brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  • It may be difficult to talk normally with the new dentures for a few days. One way to practice is to read a book or newspaper out loud for a period of time everyday. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new dentures and you will talk normally very soon.
  • Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or if you have any questions.