Post Treatment – Dental Care Tips
Post Treatment Instructions
Dental Care Tips are always useful, and we like to provide our patients with as much data as possible. The following are general directions for you to follow after specific treatments. If you do not find your question readily answered please feel free to contact us.
General Post Treatment
There may be a certain amount of pain, swelling and/or bleeding after your procedure. Limit your physical activity for a few hours. Do not be alarmed if a bruise should appear at the site of the injection. Avoid eating and drinking until normal sensitivity has returned, this will prevent damage to tissue that is numb.
To Control Bleeding
Immediately following the procedure continue to bite gently on the cotton gauze placed by the dentist or his assistant. Pressure helps reduce bleeding and will assist the formation of a clot at the extraction site. Replace the gauze as needed by gently removing the pad and inserting another (slightly moist) gauze pad at the site. Continue to apply pressure by biting gently until the site has ceased bleeding. A trickle of blood is normal, if there is any more than that please contact the office. You may resume normal oral hygiene within 24 hours. In cases of excessive bleeding sometimes a moist tea bag placed on the surgical site stops the bleeding.
To Handle Pain and/or Swelling
Immediately following the procedure begin taking any medication that was prescribed to you by the doctor. Application of an ice bag will assist in handling the swelling and/or pain. Frozen bags of vegetables work very well for this as they conform nicely to the face structure. Alternate ice on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes.
Maintain a Proper Diet
Eat at your usual times. Try to eat soft, nutritional food and drink plenty of fluids. If you have had an extraction avoid using a straw. You may eat whatever you would like but avoid hard, crunchy foods. Additional nourishment can come from “Ensure” or commercially made “Protein Shakes”.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Begin rinsing your mouth gently with a solution of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt 48 hours after the extraction. This will assist healing. Repeat this every few hours for several days. Normal brushing and flossing are permissible but avoid any surgical site.
In Case of Difficulties
In the majority of situations your mouth will heal normally and within a few days you will be back to normal. In the case of excessive bleeding or pain plus call the office immediately. Please keep any follow-up appointments so that the doctor can be assured all has healed properly.
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More Dental Care Tips – Specific Post Treatment Procedures
Please access the following documents for complete post surgery care and diet.
Bondings or Fillings
It may take time to adjust to your new bite. After a few days if you continue to feel “high spots” please contact our office. It is normal to experience some initial sensitivity to cold, hot or biting pressure. Your gums may be irritated as well. If you continue to experience discomfort after several days contact the office. Maintain a regular dental hygiene regimen.
Root Canal Therapy
It is normal to experience some mild discomfort for several days following root canal therapy. If antibiotics were prescribed be sure to finish the prescription in its entirety even if the symptoms have ceased. If you have a temporary, avoid sticky or chewy foods that may cause your temporary to come loose.
Crown and Bridge
Temporary crowns are placed while your permanent crowns are being made. Occasionally, temporary crowns may come off, if this is the case please call our office to arrange for us to re-cement your temporary. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal. To help keep your temporary in place avoid sticky or chewy foods. If your temporary does become loose and you are unable to see the dentist for more than 24 hours- please place toothpaste in the temporary and put it back on the tooth. Temporaries must stay on the prepared tooth or the tooth may shift and the permanent crown may not fit.