Mifflinburg Dentist, Dentist in Mifflinburg, PA

Barbra J. Wagner, D.M.D., LLC

Family Dentistry

(570)966-8800

Post operative instructions

 

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS                     

It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your procedure the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover.


Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call your dentist immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

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. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the 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. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact your dentist.

Veneers

Before you receive your permanent veneer you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

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. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions
If these instructions are not followed, the extraction site may not heal properly.

  • Keep your mouth closed firmly on the guaze for 30-40 minutes, after that time has expired remove the guaze. If there is still bleeding, place a new guaze and bite down firmly for additional 30-40 min. If bleeding cannot be stopped after three (3) hours, bite on a moistened tea bag.
  • Do not spit, rinse, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse gently with warm salt water as needed.
  • Do not smoke for 72 hours.
  • No heavy lifting for 72 hours, you will be forming a blood clot, and heavy lifting or a suction action could cause your blood clot to disrupt.
  • When brushing or flossing around the area be gentle!
  • For 24 hours after the extraction, try to chew food away from the extraction site. A soft diet is preferred for the rest of the day.
  • Some slight swelling in the area is to be expected, especially if the extraction was difficult.
  • If sutures are placed, return to us in 7-10 days to have them removed.
  • Take your usual over-the-counter pain reliever. Take prescription pain medication as directed. Do not drink alcohol, operate machinery, drive, or carry a firearm while under the influence.
  • To minimize swelling, place a cold compress against your face ten (10) minutes on and  ten (10) off for upt to 12 hours after your procedure.


Please notify us if:

  • There is extended bleeding from the extraction site. (Slight bleeding  or spotting for several hours is normal)
  • Anything other than slight swelling occurs
  • Discomfort continues for more than 48 hours, especially if it is not relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers.
 
 
 
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