Post OP Instructions

  

After a Root Canal or Endodontic Therapy

For seven to ten days after your procedure, your tooth and surrounding gums will probably be tender. This is normal after endodontic treatment. We ask that you do not chew food on the side of your mouth where the procedure was done until you have tooth covered with its protective restoration. Otherwise, you may continue your usual oral hygiene routine.

If you experience any pain or discomfort, we recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) at least three times a day. You may also take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen. If you have swelling or major pain that can’t be controlled with these medications, please call our office at (501) 624-3323.

*Note: Drinking alcohol while taking the previously listed medications is not advised.

After Receiving a Temporary Crown or Bridge

After your temporary crown or bridge is placed, it is important that you following the following post-op instructions.

Chewing and Eating

Anesthetic will cause numbness, and you should avoid eating or chewing until it wears off. Avoid hard or sticky food until after the cement has set.

Brushing and Flossing

You should be able to brush normally after a temporary crown is placed, but floss very carefully. If you have a temporary bridge, we may recommend special floss, brushes and other cleaning aides to keep the area free of bacteria.

Medication and Discomfort

Take antibiotics as prescribed. In order to reduce any swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water.

When to Call Us

Call us immediately if your temporary crown or bridge comes off. Hang on to the temporary, so we can replace it. If your bite feels uneven or any discomfort or sensitivity persists, let us know.

After a Tooth Extraction

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call our office right away if you experience heavy bleeding, pain and swelling that gets worse or persists over 48-72 hours, or have an adverse reaction to pain medication. During the first 24 hours, it is important that a blood clot forms over the extraction area. We suggest biting on a gauze pad for 30-60 minutes. Some oozing of blood and saliva is normal. If oozing persists, use a clean gauze pad and apply firmly.

During the First 24 Hours Don’t:

  • Suck through a Straw
  • Suck on Candies
  • Smoke
  • Use Tobacco
  • Rinse your Mouth
  • Brush
  • Floss
  • Participate in strenuous activity
  • Drink hot, carbonated or alcoholic beverages
  • Eat spicy food

To minimize discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off. To keep swelling under control, use an ice bag over the area. We generally recommend using the ice bag for 20 minute intervals.

After the twenty-four hours are up, you can begin eating normally. Resume your brushing and flossing routine. Antibiotics should be continued for the duration of the prescription, even if all symptoms are gone.

Important: As with any procedure, if your pain or sensitivity persists or if you have any questions, please call our office at (501) 624-3323.

Dentures

After you receive your dentures, it is important to adjust to living with your new dentures. With time and practice, you will become more confident with them while eating and talking. We will monitor your progress during your visits to our office.

Brushing

Even once you are officially a denture wearer, it is important to maintain brushing your gums, tongue and palate, as well as any remaining teeth, so that they remain free of bacteria.

Chewing and Eating

Protect your dentures by avoiding hard foods and ice!

Speaking

If you have difficultly talking with your new dentures, practice reading aloud until it becomes more natural. As your mouth gets used to dentures, you may notice increased saliva, but you will adjust over time.

Sleeping

Unless we specify otherwise, remove and store your dentures while you sleep. They should always be stored in water or a soaking solution.

Cleaning

Maintaining good hygiene with your new dentures is very important. Use a denture brush to clean your dentures with a denture cleaning product. This should be done once a day over a sink of water, in the event that you drop them.

When to Call Us

Call our office immediately if your dentures break/crack/chip, so we can repair them. If your dentures become loose or you have persistent swelling, sore spots, discomfort or irritation let us know.