After Care Instructions

Post operative care is very important following any dental procedure.  These instructions should be followed unless different instructions have been given to you.

Scaling and Root Planing

*Discomfort/Pain/Sensitivity – If there is any discomfort after treatment we recommend taking ibuprofen.  If local anesthetic was used, avoid chewing on hard foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to your tongue and/or cheeks.  Your teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets.  If tooth sensitivity persists, we recommend using a sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne.

*Bleeding – Some slight bleeding could occur the next several days while brushing, but should steadily decrease after 2-3 days.  Swish with warm salt water for 2 x’s a day for the next 3-4 days (1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. water), this will also help with inflamation.

Extractions

Please avoid eating until all the numbness has warn off.  We recommend not rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours.  After that time, we would like you to rinse with warm salt water 2 x’s a day ( 1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. water).  It is also important to avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours as this could interfere with the clotting process.  If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended to avoid/limit smoking for the first 24 hours.  It is normal for your saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for the first 1-2 days.  However, if abnormal/excessive bleeding occurs, place moist gauze over the extraction site and bite down for at least 30 minutes.  For pain relief, you should be able to take 2 ibuprofen every 4 hours as needed.

Crown/Bridge

Slight discomfort around your gum tissue is normal and should decrease with time.  Warm salt water rinses should help.  If you  should experience aching or throbbing that does not improve within a couple of days, please contact our office!  Please avoid chewing gum/sticky candy etc. as this will stick to the temporary crown and could remove it prematurely.  When flossing around the temporary crown, use care and release floss with one hand pulling it through sideways to prevent loosening of temporary crown.

If your temporary crown should come off, please contact our office to have it recemented.  If you are unable to do this, try to place crown back onto the tooth as the cement has tacky properties remaining.  Call our office if you have any questions regarding your lost temporary crown.

After hours emergency phone numbers are available on our phone answering machine

(763) 784-1242