Post Operative Dental Information
Post Op Instructions: After Fillings
When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely diminished.
After treatment your mouth will be sensitive; because of this you may experience pain from heat, cold, and pressure. This pain is completely normal, but your gums will be sore for several days after treatment. We recommend rinsing with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling.
Don't chew hard foods or chew directly on your new amalgam (silver) fillings for 24hrs. If possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You may chew right away on the resin (white) fillings since they set completely on the day of your appointment.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain or if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (541) 730-3730.
Post Op Instructions: After Costmetic Surgery
Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days for the "brain" to recognize the new position of your teeth, or their thickness, as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call us so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.
After treatment your gums might become sore and require time to adjust to your new bite. During this time if you experiencing pain from pressure, heat and cold for several days; please know this is normal. To help reduce any swelling you might experience; rinse with warm salt water three times a day. To ease any discomfort during your adjustment period; we recommend a mild pain medication be used.
For major restorative dental treatment, don't be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days; you'll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivary flow. This should subside to normal within a week or so.
Daily plaque removal is critical for the long term success of your dental work. Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Daily brushing and flossing is a must. Regular cleaning appointments in our office are also critically important. We'll use the appropriate cleaning abrasives and techniques for your specific cosmetic work.
It's important to change habits to protect your new teeth. Any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies, any unusually hard foods or substances (such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils or ice). Avoid or minimize your use of foods that stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine and berries. Smoking will also quickly yellow your teeth.
Let us know if you grind your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouth-guard. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take some time. If you have any problems or concerns, we always welcome your questions.
Post Op Instructions: After Dental Crown and Dental Bridge Appointments
Laboratory fabricated crowns and bridges may take two or three appointments to complete. On the first appointment the teeth are prepared and a temporary crown or bridge is placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made by the dental lab. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely diminished.
On rare occasions, temporary crowns come off. Call us at (541) 730-3730 if this happens and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. To help insure the proper fit of your final restoration, it is important that the temporary stay in place.
It's normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse - swish - spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use over the counter medication only as directed and as needed.
To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It's important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the temporary crown.
Mouth Care: After a Tooth Extraction
If any unusual symptoms occur, contact the office at once at (541) 730-3730. Proper care following extractions and other procedures will expedite recovery and help to prevent complications.
- DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH VIGOROUSLY FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS. When you do rinse your mouth, you may use one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a large glass of warm water to lightly swish in your mouth. You may wish to rinse in the morning, after meals and at bedtime. Continue for 7 to 10 days.
- DO NOT SMOKE, DRINK THROUGH STRAWS OR SPIT VIGOROUSLY FOR THE FIRST WEEK. Any sucking through the mouth may cause excess bleeding. Blood-tinged saliva may be pushed out of the mouth with the tongue or wiped out with gauze. Swallowing a large amount of blood may cause nausea.
- BLEEDING. Following extractions some bleeding is to be expected. You may remove the gauze that was placed when you were in the office after biting on it firmly for 45 minutes. Only if bleeding continues would you need to replace the gauze. Do not sleep with gauze in your mouth. If persistent bleeding occurs, moisten extra gauze and bite firmly for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. A moistened teabag may also be used. Notify our office for persistent heavy bleeding.
- SWELLING. Apply an ice bag wrapped in a towel to the face in the operated area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 12 hours or until bedtime.
- PAIN. Typically the most severe pain occurs within the first 12 to 24 hours. Take your first pain medication before the anesthetic completely wears off. Then if needed, continue to take pain medication as directed. For mild to moderate pain, aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen products may be used. Do not combine prescription pain medication with over the counter pain relievers.
- FOOD. A light diet is advisable for the first 24 hours. Avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods. Avoid hot foods or chewing on the operated areas.
- BONY EDGES. Small bone fragments may occasionally work their way through the gums after extractions. If they are painful or annoying, please contact our office for their simple removal.
- ANTIBIOTICS. If antibiotics are prescribed, take as directed until they are all gone.