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Overall Procedural Guidelines

For at least a day, refrain from chewing hard, sticky, and even very cold foods. Also, make sure that you chew your foods as gently as possible. Take note that hard-tack candies can inflict harm on any dental procedures such as restoration. Always be mindful of the guidelines given by the doctor and the medical staff and be aware of your oral hygiene at all times.

There are extra instructions for the specific types of treatment which can be found below. Just click on the preferred topics for more specific instructions. In case there is an emergency, do not hesitate to contact us. However, if serious symptoms arise they can be life-threatening, so please contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Important Things To Do After a Crown and Bridge Operation

The crowns and bridges procedure may not be completed in one sitting. The dentist will hand you out the various options that you have and the timeframe of each procedure. It is expected that some patients might experience sensitivity or tenderness in the gum and tooth area for a couple of days. In case the symptoms persist longer than expected, do not hesitate to contact us. If there is anesthesia applied, refrain from eating until the numbness has gone away. In case you have a temporary placed, stay away from hard, chewy, and crunchy foods. However, if the temporary restoration falls off or loosens, contact us right away.

Make sure to maintain good hygiene on the restored part by proper brushing and flossing every day. Every time you are flossing, be sure not to aggressively floss as it might loosen or damage the temporary restoration completely. You can do this by gently threading the floss from one point to another without exerting too much force.

Once your final restoration has been implanted, refrain from chewing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a day for the cement to bond well. There might be a slight feeling of sensitivity to hot or cold foods for the first few weeks. However, if you feel that you still have sensitivity after six weeks, do not hesitate to contact us.

Consistent care for your restoration is very important. It includes brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing can be done after every meal while flossing works best when done before bedtime. You can use mouthwash for rinsing for more thorough care. Give us a call if you are experiencing pain or have inquiries concerning your treatment.

Important Things To Do After Fillings Procedure

Do not attempt to chew as long as there is numbness from the anesthesia. If you are a parent or guardian of a child who underwent treatment, be sure that they will not eat or chew until their numbness is gone. Also, make sure they do not bite their lips or tongue at the moment to avoid inflicting injuries on their soft tissue. For a day, refrain from any sticky, crunchy, or hard foods.

Sensitivity and soreness should only be felt for a few days. If the said symptoms are experienced longer than expected then contact us immediately especially if you also have other symptoms such as pain and discomfort.

Important Things To Do After Denture or Partial Delivery Procedures

Discomfort might be felt several days after getting your final dentures or partials done. There will be instances where adjustments will need to be done to achieve a perfect fit. For hassle-free denture adjustments, you can read aloud for a few minutes each day. At night, you should also take the dentures out so that you can sanitize them.

You can store them in a clean container that is filled with denture cleaning solution. You should remove your dentures for approximately 6 hours a day to help your mouth and gums recuperate. There are tiny bits of food particles that can get stuck under the dentures which can cause issues in the long run. You might experience soreness or sore spots which can all be easily treated. The roof of your mouth, tongue, and gums must be brushed gently after you remove your dentures.

Consistent care for your restoration is composed of brushing not only your teeth but your tissues as well after eating. You can also consider flossing daily before sleeping except if you have full dentures as brushing supersedes flossing when it comes to importance. You can use either water or mouthwash to take away more particles that are still present in your mouth.

It is a must to have a dental consultation every year to make adjustments on your dentures or partial as well as have everything checked. Dentures or partials that are not properly adjusted and taken care of can result in various oral diseases. Contact us immediately in case you are experiencing ongoing pain and any other unusual symptoms.

Important Things To Do After Scaling and Root Planing

The removal of bacterial plaque from the surface of the root beneath the gum line is the primary purpose of scaling and root planing therapy. This will make the inflammation and infection decrease dramatically. As a result, the overall surface will improve including the depth of periodontal pockets for better brushing and flossing maneuvers.

For the first day, you may be sensitive to cold and heat. So refrain from eating, drinking, or eating hot and spicy foods or drinks until the feeling of numbness from the anesthesia has gone. Also, refrain from doing strenuous physical activities on the first day. Stay away from alcohol and tobacco products for at least 2 days. There might be episodes of bleeding after a deep cleaning which is completely expected. However, if there is extensive bleeding, do not hesitate to contact us.

Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen is acceptable as long as you follow the instructions or take what was prescribed by the doctor. You can also rinse using warm salt water. It is made using one teaspoon in 8 oz. water, three times a day can be beneficial for you. Also, gentle brushing and flossing after a deep cleaning are recommended until there is soreness. Aside from that, you must diligently follow all the guidelines given by us which include consuming all the medications prescribed.

Important Things To Do After Dental Extractions

After the surgery, ensure that the gauze pad is situated above the surgical area with some force applied from biting down until the bleeding stops. There will be bleeding after the surgery. Putting the gauze pad at the top of the area and putting some downward force will decrease the extensive bleeding. It is typical to see redness or even some blood on the saliva after the surgery. You can do the steps again after an hour if necessary.

In case you are under the influence of pain medication besides aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, avoid driving or operating heavy equipment or even engaging yourself in hazardous physical activities that might put you and others in danger. This is because you might experience haziness and grogginess when you are under these medications.

Never consume more than 800 mg every 4 to 6 hours. You must take the medicine after meals to avoid hyperacidity. If you are given antibiotics, take them as prescribed as they can minimize the chances of infection.

It is typical to see swelling on the face, eyes, and surgical area. The swelling might not come up until a day after the surgery and may become more prominent after 2 to 3 days more. You can lessen swelling by putting a cold compress on the affected area for 20 minutes. After 3 days, a cold compress will have little to no impact on swelling. Having said so, you can consider applying moist heat rather than a cold compress to the sides of your face as it is more efficient.

A day after the surgery, do not suck on a straw or even brush your teeth. You are also not allowed to rinse, spit, or smoke tobacco products. You must also refrain from eating hot and spicy foods as well as drinking liquors and sodas. Your diet must only consist of liquids and soft foods to avoid aggravating the wound. Lessen your physical activities significantly and resume your normal activities after a few days when everything is fine.

After the first day, use warm salt water to rinse. You can put a half teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of water. It is recommended that you rinse using this solution 3 times a day.

If sutures were needed, they will typically dissolve by themselves after a week or so. It is not a must to seek a visit just to remove the sutures.

You must ensure that children are supervised for post-extraction to ensure that they never bite their tongue or lips as it can aggravate the soft tissues that surround it.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing excessive pain, bleeding, or swelling. It is also necessary to ask questions if you have doubts or added inquiries. In case there is an emergency mostly life-threatening, go to the nearest hospital or call 911.

Important Things To Do After an Implant Surgery or Treatment

It is pretty normal to see some bleeding and swelling as well as feel pain after oral surgery. You can use a cold compress to lessen the redness and swelling in the area. You can do this for half an hour and even 5 to 10 minutes a day will benefit you a lot. This is one of the best pain and swelling management that you can do by yourself. Never skip your follow-up consultations with your dental care professional. Never play with the affected area using your tongue or fingers even touching your lips is also prohibited. When brushing and flossing, avoid the surgery site at all times to avoid aggravation. You might be prescribed ibuprofen or acetaminophen and you must take it as per your doctor’s advice. You can also create warm salt water for gargling with a teaspoon of salt and 8 oz. of water.

For the first day, you may feel sensitivity to cold and heat. Having said so, do not consume foods and drinks that are hot and spicy until you feel that the numbness is gone due to anesthesia. Refrain from doing strenuous physical activities on the first day. Do not drink alcohol or smoke tobacco products for at least 2 days. Do not brush, gargle, or even spit. Do not suck on a straw if you want to take liquids. Several days after the surgery, it is recommended that you implement a soft diet that consists of soups, juices, yogurts, etc. There might be bleeding but if it is too excessive and you are feeling a huge discomfort after 2 to 3 days, reach out to us immediately.

Do not take the professional’s advice for granted. Take note of all the important details such as when to take your medications to avoid the occurrence of infections.

Important Things To Do After a Root Canal Therapy

After 30 minutes, do not consume any food or drink. The temporary filling that is implanted in you will take 30 minutes to solidify. Do not feel your teeth with your tongue. If there are medications given, follow them exactly. If there are no prescriptions and you know that you do not have any allergies, ibuprofen such as Advil can be taken every 6 to 8 hours if you are experiencing discomfort and swelling. You may also take Tylenol as an ibuprofen alternative. Never take those painkillers more than the recommended dose. If the pain continues to persist, please contact us immediately.

Cold compress is also a great home remedy. However, do not put the ice directly on the skin. Instead, put the ice on a cloth before applying it to your skin. You can put it on the affected area for up to 20 minutes and have a 20-minute rest before putting the cold compress again if necessary. After you start to consume foods and liquids again, refrain from using the affected area for chewing or biting until permanent restoration is installed. The area is expected to be more sensitive because of swelling. Moreover, the temporary that is installed has a soft texture which can be prone to cracking especially if it makes contact with hard, crunchy, cold, and sticky foods. You will need to seek help from a dental service provider within 30 days to have a permanent crown installed. Contact the dentist ahead of time to avoid delaying your appointment as it can put you at risk of having fractures or decay. If this happens, everything will be done from scratch.

Always be hygienic by gently brushing the affected area and if possible flossing it daily. There is only a small chance for a temporary filling to fall out completely. However, if this happens, contact your dental service provider immediately. For first-aids, you can use a temporary filling material that can be bought from pharmacies.

There might be a feeling of discomfort 2 to 4 days after the root canal treatment. Soreness can also be felt on the tooth and surrounding areas several weeks after the treatment was done. You can resume normal brushing except if it was prohibited by your doctor. Be sure to keep the instructions in mind and follow them diligently. Always take your medications on time and with the right dosage.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Read and Understand Carefully

Even though flare-ups seldomly happens it can occur in 5% of the cases, so experiencing them isn’t to be taken lightly. This happens when the teeth are infected or if there is a previous treatment done on the teeth. There are also times when this happens just all of a sudden even if there is no history of root canal treatment issues. You will be able to know if there is a flare-up if the surrounding area is painful, swells a lot, or gives you a feeling of discomfort or even throbs. If this happens, contact us immediately. You might be given another set of medications most likely antibiotics to manage the infection or other means of treatment depending on your situation.

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