Post-Operative Care Instructions

To ensure proper healing and avoid complications, patients are encouraged to ask and follow our after-care instructions. As a rule of thumb, we suggest all patients avoid chewing in areas that are still numb. Possible complications could include accidental trauma to the cheek or tongue. Most procedures have a general guideline of instruction to follow, our staff at Hoyt Street Dental will customize the post op instructions as needed for each patient.

Root Canal Therapy

Soreness after a root canal procedure is common and can be expected. We ask that patients avoid chewing on the tooth the day of the procedure to ensure that the temporary material has properly set. The tooth is brittle until the final restoration is placed, so we suggest you avoid crunchy or hard foods. In some scenarios, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in the tooth. Call us at Hoyt Street Dental immediately if you notice increasing pain, tenderness, swelling, or loss of the temporary filling. There may be joint soreness if the procedure required you to keep your mouth open for a long time. Over the counter Advil or Tylenol can commonly treat post-operative soreness.

Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

While we do offer same-day crowns and bridges, some scenarios require a temporary restoration. This is not as strong as the permanent version, so be careful when eating and flossing. Avoid sticky foods and do not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. There may be joint soreness if the procedure required you to keep your mouth open for a long time. Over the counter Advil or Tylenol can commonly treat post-operative soreness.

When the permanent crown, bridge, or veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth. If the bite feels abnormal in any way, please call our office so that we can address your concern. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

Dental sensitivity is different for all patients. Procedures near and far from the nerve can cause the patient sensitive teeth. If this occurs, you should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After the initial period of soreness, your treated teeth should will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time. There may also be a “grittiness” to a new white filling that will smooth over time. Contact us at Hoyt Street Dental if you have lingering discomfort or concerns. There may be joint soreness if the procedure required you to keep your mouth open for a long time. Over the counter Advil or Tylenol can commonly treat post-operative soreness.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. Rinsing the treated side of your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day can help to  relieve pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. It is common for teeth to be additionally sensitive as the gums get healthier and subsequently they recede. Gum recession leads to exposed root surface, without enamel it is often temperature sensitive. We suggest a “sensitive” toothpaste after deep cleanings.

There may be joint soreness if the procedure required you to keep your mouth open for a long time. Over the counter Advil or Tylenol can commonly treat post-operative soreness. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact your dentist.

Extractions and Implants

After a dental surgery we suggest our patients get rest. The surgical site may bleed on and off after surgery, especially the first 24 hours. For this reason, we give patients additional gauze to go home with to bite with firm pressure. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. We also suggest our patients avoid straws, hot foods, and smoking. These may increase your risk for bleeding and improper healing.

There may be joint soreness if the procedure required you to keep your mouth open for a long time. Over the counter Advil or Tylenol can commonly treat post-operative soreness. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Rinsing the treated side of your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day can help to relieve pain and cleanse the area. In some scenarios, antibiotics are prescribed to treat remaining infection or help allow bone graft or implant to be better accepted by your biology.

Patients are limited to soft foods for a few days after surgery. Examples of soft foods include: yogurt, pudding, soups, ice cream, smoothies.

If you experience prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing, please call us at Hoyt Street Dental at (203) 323-5820 .

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