Dental Post Op Instructions in Delray Beach, FL
There are questions that may arise as to what a patient needs to do after certain dental procedures. It is especially important to follow specific instructions after oral surgery so that proper healing may take place. It is normally recommended to wait at least 2 hours after your procedure to eat in order for the anesthesia to wear off. The instructions below are general guidelines to help you heal and to avoid any complications. Please note that your doctor and dental assistant will give you the proper, full instructions on how to recover well from oral surgery. We strive to make your recovery as smooth and pleasant as possible, which is why we offer these tips below.
Implant Dentistry Post Op
The area will be sensitive, of course. Do not vigorously brush or rinse the area, but use caution and gently brush your teeth around the site of the surgery. Bleeding will occur and it is possible that it will do so up to 48 hours after surgery. To control this, use a gauze pad and bite down firmly, replacing the gauze every half hour. If you are a smoker, please do your best to refrain from smoking as it will slow down the healing process and may cause extended discomfort and dry sockets. To maintain oral hygiene, we recommend using salt water to gently rinse, but only after 24 hours of having the implant procedure. The recommended mix is 1 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of water.
Avoid hot food and the use of a straw during the healing process (first 3 days). We recommend a diet that consists of yogurt, pudding, milkshakes, pureed foods for the first couple of days so that the healing process isn’t slowed down. Avoid any foods that may become lodged in the surgical area of your mouth. This includes foods such as popcorn, nuts, and seeds. You may be given medication for pain and swelling. If medication has been prescribed, please follow the instructions completely.
If you experience discoloration, it is because of bruising after surgery and is very normal. You may also experience a sore throat. This too is normal and should go away within 2 to 3 days after surgery.
Root Canal Therapy Post Op
Expect soreness after your root canal therapy. The soreness may last for a few days directly after the procedure. There may be infection in your tooth after the procedure, so an antibiotic will be prescribed for you. Take this antibiotic as instructed for best results. It is recommended that you refrain from chewing on the side of the mouth where the root canal was performed. This will allow for minimal irritation and for the restorative material placed in the tooth to set properly. While moderate pain and sensitivity is normal, if it hasn’t subsided within a few days, be sure to call us right away if any severe pain, swelling, negative reaction to the medication, or loss of the filling occurs. Continue to brush and floss, being gentle on the area where the filling was placed.
Tooth Extraction Post Op
Before your visit to the dentist to have your teeth extracted, make sure that a friend or family member is available to drive you home from our office. The reason for this is because the anesthesia may not wear off right away. Once the extraction of your tooth (or teeth) has been done, you will need to rest. Bleeding will occur in the area where the extraction was made, so gauze will be supplied to you. We recommend lying down to rest with your upper body propped up slightly to avoid lying flat on your back. This may cause prolonged bleeding. You will need to apply pressure with the gauze and change it frequently. However, if bleeding continues after 24 hours of your surgery, please contact our office immediately.
Contrary to what some may say, the use of a straw to drink is not recommended because the sucking motion may cause your sutures to come loose and slow down the process of clotting. This is also true for smoking. Avoid hot food or drinks on the day you have your tooth extracted and do not drink carbonated drinks. Soft foods and liquids are recommended for the few days following your surgery. Do not brush on the day of your extraction, but start again (gently) on the next day. You may receive medication, so please follow the instructions correctly.
If you receive an extraction that is more complex, such as dental implants or wisdom teeth removal, you may receive an ice wrap. Your doctor will explain how to use the wrap and for how long. You may be provided with additional instructions for post-op care before and after your treatment.
Crowns and Bridges Post Op
This procedure usually take up to 3 visits to complete. When your temporary or permanent is placed, you will more than likely feel sensitivity in the area. This is very normal and will go away once the tissue has healed. You may continue to brush normally, but be careful when flossing around the area. It is not common to receive a prescription for pain since it is normally just sensitive. Therefore, we recommend an over-the-counter medication such as Advil or equivalent. If sensitivity persists, a warm salt water rinse may help. Within a week, your crown and bridge should look and feel like your normal teeth. If you experience any discomfort after this time, or if you feel the bite doesn’t feel right, contact our office so your dentist can schedule a follow-up.
Scaling and Root Planing Post Op
Your gums will more than likely experience irritation and soreness after the scaling and root planing procedure. It is safe to maintain your oral hygiene routine directly after your procedure, but do so gently and not rough. For the first 3 days, try to avoid foods that are hard, or chewy. This will help ensure proper healing. You may rinse with warm salt water to help disinfect the area and relieve some of the pain associated with the procedure. More of the tooth’s surface will be revealed once the tissue heals and swelling subsides, but don’t worry – this is normal. If you experience any pain or discomfort after 3 to 4 days, contact our office and schedule a follow-up with your dentist.
Dental Bonding Post Op
Unlike some other procedures mentioned here, bonding doesn’t have as many “care” instructions. Your teeth will most likely feel sensitive after the dental bonding procedure, so like many other post-op instructions, avoid hot and cold food or drink for a few days. Your normal hygiene routine should be continued and your teeth should look great within a few days.
Veneers Post Op
You will receive temporary and permanent veneers during your procedure. It is common that you may experience sensitivity to cold and hot, as well as sweets. Avoid hard brushing while you have your temporary veneers, and do not floss between the temporary veneers because you may dislodge them. Again, a warm salt water rinse can help with the healing process along with Advil or Tylenol (or similar). Once your permanent veneers are placed, if you have any severe discomfort or if you feel that your bite is abnormal in any way, please call your dentist to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Gum Surgery Post Op
Be sure to rest with your upper body, head and neck elevated and limit your physical activity. Rest is very important for the healing process. After the surgery, we recommend using an ice pack to help with the swelling and discomfort. 6 hours of using the ice pack (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) is the standard recommendation after gum surgery. Slight bleeding of the gums will occur, and if needed, you can use a gauze pad to help stop the bleeding. If you experience excessive bleeding that will not stop, call our office immediately.
Do not brush, floss, or even rinse the day of your surgery. Brushing can be resumed the day after your procedure, but please be gentle. If it is prescribed, you may start using your prescription mouth wash (normally Peridex) the day after. Avoid using a straw as the sucking motion will disturb the blood clotting process and prolong healing. It is not recommended to rinse with salt water as it will also interfere with the healing process.
While it may be tempting, it is highly recommended that you do not pull your lip in any direction in order to view the surgery site. This may agitate the area. Chew your soft food on the side of the mouth that was not worked on and avoid extreme hot or cold foods. Fluids are recommended right away, including 8 ounces of water on the day of your procedure.
If your doctor placed a dressing over the surgical area, do not be alarmed if it starts to come off. It needs to remain in place for as long as possible, but if it starts to come off, it is normal and will not affect the healing process or the results of your procedure. If you have any excessive swelling or bleeding, please call our office to schedule a follow-up with your dentist.
For any questions regarding the recovery and post op instructions for oral surgery procedures, please contact our office at 561-495-2099, or visit our contact page so that a dental professional can assist you further.