It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule, always wait two hours after surgery before eating while the anesthesia wears off. Eating sooner could result in soft tissue damage because you will not feel any pressure or damage in your mouth.
These instructions are general in nature. After your surgery, Dr. Firlik or her dental assistant will give you more comprehensive instructions on how to properly recover after surgery.
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 to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You also will 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 our office immediately.
Crowns and Bridges
Before you receive your permanent crown or bridge, you will receive a temporary restoration. This will not be as strong as the permanent one, so you should be careful when cleaning your teeth and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up against the tooth when flossing because the temporary restoration could become dislodged. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods.
There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you also can take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.
When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it might 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 teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let our office know. Caring for a 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 likely will be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drinks for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal dental 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) two to three times a day. This will relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued, 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 pain relieving medication. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for two to three days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, contact our office.
Before you receive your permanent veneer you will receive a temporary restoration. This is not as strong as the permanent restoration, so you should be careful when cleaning you teeth and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up against the tooth when flossing because the veneer could become dislodged. Avoid eating sticky or chewy foods.
There might be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you also can 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 veneer, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let Dr. Firlik’s office know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.
After the surgery you should rest. You should be driven home by a friend or family member because the anesthesia used during the procedure will affect your alertness and judgment. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call our office. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat, because this could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Dr. Firlik might prescribe you pain medication, so if you continue to feel pain, take the medication as directed and needed. You also can use an ice pack for relief from the pain. Dr. Firlik also might provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
When drinking, do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. Do not smoke while the healing process takes place. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call our office for a follow-up visit.
To request an appointment with our Belmont, MI dentist, call Dr. Urszula Firlik at:
Firlik Family Dentistry… (616) 361-0603.
Firlik Family Dentistry
6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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