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 due to not being able to feel all of your mouth. The post-op instructions found below are guidelines to help you with most common procedures that our dental office in Corona, California, can perform. After your surgery, our dentist or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

Root Canal Therapy
After a root canal procedure, you may have soreness for a few days. To help minimize discomfort, you should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed; this is to decrease irritation to the sensitive area, and to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. An antibiotic may also be prescribed 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 or filling, call our 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. Brush your teeth gently and do not pull up on the tooth when flossing, as this could cause the temporary restoration to become dislodged. The same goes for eating. While you have your temporary crown or bridge, you should avoid sticky or chewy foods.

After a crown or bridge is installed, there may be some sensitivity and irritation; this is a normal reaction and should subside after the soft tissue heals. Gargling with warm salt water can ease any pain help. You can also take Advil or Tylenol.

Once your treatment is complete, your mouth may feel a little awkward for a few days; again, this is completely normal, since your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth. 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 dentist know. Treating your crown or bridge like your own teeth is important, so continue regular and flossing daily.

White Fillings
Once your dental filling procedure is complete and the anesthesia wears off, your teeth will likely be sensitive. Avoiding hot and cold food or drink for the next few days is a good idea to prevent discomfort. 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, which is normal. Any discomfort can be minimized by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. Using this rinse will relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should continue as normal after the procedure, but you should brush gently so no further irritation occurs in 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, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure that the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, contact our dentist.

Veneers
Before you receive your permanent veneer, you will first receive a temporary restoration. Because temporary restorations are not as durable as permanent ones, you should take additional care while eating and brushing. Brush your teeth gently, and do not pull up on the tooth when flossing. When eating, avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary.

after the temporary or permanent restoration is placed, you may experience some tooth sensitivity. This is normal, and the sensation will subside once the soft tissue heals. You can gargle with salt water to ease any pain, or take Advil or Tylenol.

When the permanent veneer is placed, it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the changes that were made to your teeth. As with a crown or bridge, contact our dentist if your bite feels unnatural in any way. Be sure to continue careful, regular brushing and flossing around the gum line and between your tooth and the veneer.

Extractions
After the surgery, you will most likely be groggy from the anesthesia and need to rest. Have someone drive you home. The extraction site may bleed for a little while after the surgery. Your dentist will place gauze at the completion of the surgery and send you home with more to change when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24-hours, please call our dentist. When resting, do not lie flat, as this could cause the bleeding to continue. Instead, prop your head up on a pillow. Take any prescribed pain medication as directed. You may also use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling. Our dentist may also send you home with a cleaning solution to carefully keep the extraction site clean.

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

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

When drinking, DO NOT use a straw, as the sucking motion can cause the sutures to become loose and the clotting process to slow down and result in dry socket. The same goes for smoking. If any pain, bleeding, or irritation persists, or if you feel that the treatment site is not properly healing, please contact our dentist.