Please select the procedure you received to see a summary of post-op instructions.
- Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad placed over the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressure applied for another hour, keep changing gauze every hour until bleeding stops, if bleeding does not stop in 4-5 hours please contact your doctor.
- If you are supervising children who have had an extraction done, make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
- Avoid spitting or gargling for 1 day, it is okay to brush next day everywhere else and avoid any mouth wash with alcohol for 7 days to allow healing.
- Avoid eating and drinking until bleeding stops and numbing wear off, eat on the opposite side of the surgery for 2 weeks to avoid food impaction and allow proper healing.
- Avoid drinking through strew for 7 days, avoid any carbonated drinks, alcohol or smoking for 7 days.
- It is okay to drink coffee, tea or milkshake as long as it is not too hot or too cold.
- You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or some swelling, ice pack application on the face for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off and medication prescribed for you will help in minimizing your discomfort..
- Eating food like rice, noodles, soup, pudding, beans anything which is soft and not too spicy is okay to eat on the other side of the month.
- Please take all the medication you have received based on the provided instructions..
- Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. In case of serious emergencies call 911..
- Sometimes the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.
- Do not eat anything until your numbness wear off as it may create biting on your lip or tongue and create serious injury, supervise children closely to avoid any biting on lip or tongue
- 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 to chew for more than a few days after the fillings or for any other questions
Crowns, Bridge, Inlays and Onlays
- 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 2-3 weeks after the permanent crown cementation
- 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 and it is cemented with temporary cement which is weaker than the regular cement so temporary crown can break or come off easily upon eating or flossing hard.
- 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 crown please avoid chewing on that side as much as possible. And if it comes of for any reason please call our office as soon as possible to get it recemented.
- You can brush normally around temporary crown but during flossing instead of pulling the floss gently slide the floss out from in between the teeth to avoid pulling out the temporary crown.
- After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel sensitivity to cold for a few days. But if after 2-3 days the bite still feels uneven or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, please call our office to evaluate the tooth and if bite needs to be adjusted. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
- Call our office if you are in pain or with any other questions.
Root Canal Treatment
- You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth for a week to 10 days after the procedure. 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.
- Usually a temporary crown is placed on the tooth after the root canal treatment, avoid eating on that side until permanent (definitive) crown is placed to allow the tooth to heal and avoid breaking of the temporary crown or the tooth.
- Continue normal brushing but in case of temporary crown slide the floss out from in between the teeth instead of pulling the floss to avoid loosening of temporary crown.
- Take the medication as prescribed
- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration. 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 any other questions or concerns
Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing)
- You may experience some sensitivity to cold and hot after cleaning (especially after deep cleaning) as after removal of tarter and bacteria tooth and root surfaces are exposed until the gums heal around the teeth
- If you have received anesthesia do not eat anything until the numbness wears off.
- Continue your regular brushing and flossing and mouth wash if advised by your doctor
- 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.
Dentures and Partials
- Always remove dentures and partials at night as wearing dentures at night will accelerate ridge resorption faster which will make dentures loose and resorbs jaw bones
- Keep dentures and partials in cold water at night
- Always clean your dentures and partials with denture brush at night before putting it in cold water and always remove partial after each meal and rinse your mouth as it will help in removing food particles from around the teeth and prevent it from cavities
- If you develop any sore spot upon wearing denture or partial please let your doctor know as it may need some adjustment to wear it comfortably
- If you are wearing denture or partial for the first time it takes some time to get used to it. Some people experience that they can’t taste certain food and their speech is different, it sometimes takes some time for your tongue to get adjusted to the position of the denture or partial
- Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque. The helps the denture from becoming permanently stained.
- It’s best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures because it has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable.
- If you have any other questions or want to know more about implant supported dentures which is much more comfortable than regular dentures or partials please call us and we will be happy discuss it with you
Bone Graft Surgery
If you had bone graft placed at the site of infection, extraction or dental implant surgical placement which can expedite generation of new bone in the area or surgery. You will be advised of the particular procedure and pertinent directions relative to your treatment modality.
You will have sutures (stitches) placed at the surgical site. These sutures may or may not be resorbable. If you have been told that you received silk sutures, they have to be removed by your doctor. Bone generation is a slow process so it is very important to allow the surgical area to heal without any disturbance. If sutures breaks or comes off earlier from the surgical site due to any reason it can expose bone, create more pain, and delay healing dramatically. The sutures will remain in place for 2 to 3 weeks depending on the size of the graft, the severity of the pathology, and the condition of the tissue being sutured.
The healing process can vary from person to person and it also depends on the level of treatment so the doctor may extend the time before your sutures are removed to assure adequate healing and to avoid surgical regression.
Since bone grows and heals slowly, it requires conditions conducive to a proper environment and blood supply. Thus, it is imperative that immediately after your bone graft you alter your diet, as you would for any oral surgical procedure. This means that you should eat food which is soft, not spicy or too hot or toot cold to avoid any disturbance to the surgical site. Any food that is too hot will have a deleterious effect on your surgical procedure. If for some reason you have questions about anything post-surgically, please call the office
Smoking after any oral surgical procedure will ALWAYS delay or disrupt normal healing due to a decrease in oxygenation of the tissue that is healing. Smoking should therefore be stopped for the first 7 to 10 days to allow for adequate initial tissue closure. Complete wound healing normally takes a minimum of 21 days from the day the surgery was completed under ideal healing conditions, and with no other underlying systemic causes such as Diabetes etc.
Bone grafting is a very predictable surgical procedure when done correctly and when patient cooperation is adhered to. Please try to be reasonable in understanding that this procedure has inherent risks associated with it, as stated in your informed consents. Some of these risks are also pertinent to your post-operative care.