AGN Dental Associates | Post-Op Instructions in Suffield

DR. ALAN G. NATH, D.D.S. &

DR. STACEY NATH-VINICK D.M.D

133 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078

Call Today:  (860) 668-7303

Post-Op Instructions
Oral Surgery Services in Suffield CT

 

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 oral 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 oral surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from oral surgery.

Root Canal Therapy

After a root canal procedure, you can expect soreness 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 may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in or around 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 the dentist immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown or 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 restoration 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 teeth 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 may be sensitive to temperature. This is normal as long as the sensitivity decreases over a short period of time. If it worsens or changes, please contact the dentist.

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, you should contact your dentist.

Veneers

Before you receive your permanent veneers, 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 a 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

After the surgery, you will need to take it easy. You may want  to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. 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 periodically. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, you should call your dentist. When you return home, you should rest, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist may prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore, take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist may also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your oral surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • and other foods you can eat without chewing



When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call your dentist for a follow-up.

 

If you are interested in learning more about oral surgery in the Suffield CT area, please call at AGN Dental at (860) 668-7303 to schedule a free consultation.

 

AGN Dental Associates performs a variety of different oral surgery procedures in the Windsor Locks area. We’ll give you easy to follow instructions to ensure proper healing.

 
 
 
Suffield Dentist | Post-Op Instructions. Stacey Nath-Vinick is a Suffield Dentist.