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Post Oral Surgery Guidelines and Instructions


Follow these important instructions, after your oral surgery to ensure that your mouth heals properly and avoid complications such as infections. It is wise to always wait at least two full hours after your surgery before your first meal to allow for the anesthesia to fully wear off completely. Eating at this point could result in damage to your soft tissue because you will not have full sensation in all of your mouth. The instructions below are general guidelines. Following your surgical procedure, your doctor or dental assistant will give you detailed, complete instructions on proper recovery time from your oral surgical procedure.


Root Canal Therapy

A few days of soreness after a root canal is to be expected. Avoid chewing your food on the side of your mouth that the surgical procedure was performed to not irritate that sensitive area and to ensure that the temporary restorative material sets correctly. An antibiotic treatment will be needed to treat the remaining tooth infection. If the pain begins to increase or a noticeable tenderness, a medication reaction or a loss of the temporary filling restoration, contact your dental health professional as soon as possible.


Crowns and Bridges

You dentist will set a temporary crown or bridge before your permanent crown or bridge restoration is installed to match your smile. The temporary crown or bridge requires a little extra care when brushing and eating. Gentle brushing is wise since there may be some added sensitivity and minor irritation after the crown or bridge is installed. This is a regular part of the process, and after the soft tissue heals, the pain will eventually subside. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will help the healing to accelerate, and Tylenol or Advil will help with lingering pain.

After the permanent crown or bridge is installed, it might feel awkward or foreign for a short time. You will adjust and acclimate to your new teeth, and they will feel natural within a week’s time.  However, if your bite seems abnormal, you should contact your dental health care provider right away. You should care for your new bridge or crown just as you would your natural teeth, by brushing and flossing regularly as usual.


White Fillings (Bonding)

When the anesthesia wears off, and the feeling returns to your mouth, you can expect some increased sensitivity to your new teeth. It is wise to avoid extremely hot or cold foods or drinks for a few days following your procedure. After this adjustment period, your teeth will eventually feel just as good as your existing teeth. You should follow your daily oral health care regimen of brushing and flossing, as usual, to make sure that your new fillings last for the long term.


Scaling and Root Planing

Your gums will be sensitive and a little irritated for a few days’ time following this procedure. Rinsing with warm salt water repeatedly will accelerate the healing process, alleviate the pain and help to cleanse the area. Regular brushing and flossing should continue immediately following the procedure but use extra gentle care when brushing to avoid further irritation. If swelling or stiffness occurs, apply a cold compress and take a pain reliever like Advil or Tylenol. Stay away from hard or chewy foods until the area heals completely. If swelling or pain continues to persist, contact your dental health care provider at your first convenience.


Veneers

You will receive a temporary veneer before you receive your permanent version. The temporary veneer is not as durable as the permanent version so you should use caution when brushing, flossing and eating. You should gently brush the area to avoid pulling up the temporary veneer which could become accidentally dislodged. So, therefore, use caution when brushing, flossing and eating. When eating, stay away from hard, sticky or chewy foods following this procedure until the permanent veneers are installed. You may experience increased sensitivity or discomfort after the installation of the permanent veneers. It might feel a little foreign or awkward for a few days.

This adjustment phase doesn’t last long, and your mouth will adjust to the new teeth in under one week’s time. There might be some increased irritation or sensitivity following the installation of your permanent veneers. This is a normal phase, and it will go away after the soft tissue heals completely. Warm salt water rinses will accelerate the healing process, and Advil or Tylenol will help with the pain if it persists. Once the veneer is installed, it might feel a little awkward or foreign for a few days’ time. Pay particularly close attention to the area between the new veneer and your teeth at the gum line, when you are brushing and flossing. Your mouth will adjust to the new teeth, and you should begin to feel natural again in less than a week. However, if you bite seems to be abnormal you should let your dental health care provider know at your first convenience.


Extractions

After an extraction procedure, your entire body needs time to rest and restore itself. A friend or family member should drive you home due to the effects of the anesthesia. Bleeding for a little while after the surgery is to be expected. When your gauze becomes soaked, you should replace it at your first convenience. If the bleeding persists for over twenty-four hours, you should contact your dental healthcare provider. When you return home for rest, ensure that you elevate your head on a pillow when lying down. Lying flat can prolong the bleeding.

Your dental health care provider will prescribe pain medication and limit your diet to soft foods for a few days following your dental surgical procedure. Some food recommendations are as follows: Yogurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, ice cream, gelatin and anything that doesn’t require chewing. Take extra care when drinking with a straw or smoking that you don’t loosen your sutures and slow the healing phase. If discomfort, pain or bleeding persists longer than a few days’ time contact your dental health care provider for a follow-up appointment.