Post Operatory Instructions for Fillings

Your tongue, lips, gum, cheek, roof of your mouth may be numb. It may take up to 1-3 hours for the numbing effect to go away.  Avoid drinking or eating any hot foods or drinks for several hours until the numbing has completely worn off to prevent from burning your tongue, gums, cheeks, or lips.  Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off to prevent from biting your tongue, cheeks, or lips. You are able to chew with your fillings as soon as the numbing wears off.

It is normal to experience sensitivity after a filling has been placed. It is not uncommon to see patient’s feeling sensitivity to cold, hot, or pressure after treatment has been completed.  Post op sensitivity can last from days to weeks and in some cases could last months.

If your fillings feel uneven, bumpy or rough, please return to our office so we can adjust your restorations.  Leaving your fillings uneven for a long time will lead to pain and possible fracture unless they are adjusted.  If you have continuous pain or if sensitivity to cold or hot increases, please contact InStyle Dental.

Post Operatory Instructions for Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)

Congratulations, your teeth are now cleaner and brighter!  Avoid chewing and eating on the treated teeth for 2-3 hours following your deep cleaning or until your numbing wears off. Do not eat hard foods (examples: corn nuts, popcorn, chips) for 2-3 days. Resume your normal oral hygiene routine that same night.  Do not smoke for 2-3 days after your deep cleaning.  Use over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen) to reduce post operatory discomfort. If you have post operatory sensitivity to cold, begin using Sensodyne toothpaste on a regular basis to reduce cold sensitivity. You can expect to feel results from Sensodyne in about 3-6 weeks.  Please contact InStyle Dental if your discomfort continues or if swelling should arise.

Post Operatory Instructions for Children Crowns (Caps)

Children crowns have been cemented on your child’s tooth to prevent further infection or decay on that specific tooth.  The cement takes about 12 hours to fully set.  A soft diet is recommended for the rest of the day.  Soft jell-o, soft mash potato, yogurt are great soft foods.  Stay away from consuming hot liquids to allow the soft tissues surrounding the tooth to properly heal.  Stay away from sticky foods, sticky candies, lollipops, gum to prevent the crown from coming off.  It is not uncommon for the tissues surrounding the crown to be red or irritated for a few days, salt water rinses may be performed. Brush crown gently if there is no discomfort, resume normal brushing and flossing the following day if discomfort has subsided. The crown that was placed on your child’s baby tooth will eventually fall out and be replaced by a permanent tooth.

Post Operatory Instructions for Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges are completed in multiple appointments.  Your first visit will consist of preparing the tooth or teeth for a crown or bridge.  First, your teeth will be numbed. Your lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth may be numb. The tooth/teeth will then be prepared for a crown or bridge.  The next step will be to obtain an impression of your teeth.  The impression will then be shipped to a dental laboratory where it could take 10-14 business days for your crown/ bridge to be completed.  After your tooth (teeth) has been prepared and your impression has been taken, a temporary crown/bridge will be made to fit your tooth/teeth until we are able to place your permanent crown/bridge.

After the temporary crown/bridge has been placed, avoid eating sticky or hard foods to prevent you from fracturing or breaking your temporary crown or bridge.  If possible, please do not eat or chew with your temporary crown or bridge.

If you dislodge your temporary crown or bridge please return to InStyle Dental to have it re-cement it.  If you are unable to visit our office, a temporary solution is to re-cement your temporary crown or bridge with fluoride tooth paste.  Fluoride tooth paste serves as a great temporary cement substitution for your temporary crown or bridge. Within hours, the tooth paste will harden and keep the temporary crown or bridge in place and the fluoride will help protect your tooth from sensitivity.

It is normal to feel some temperature and pressure sensitivity after a crown or bridge has been initiated or completed. The sensitivity should decrease in a few weeks after placement of the permanent crown or bridge. Mild over-the-counter pain medications may be used to reduce tenderness after the treatment has been completed. You can take 600 mg of Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours as needed to reduce tenderness after your crown or bridge has been completed.

If pain, swelling, fever occurs and cannot be controlled please contact InStyle Dental or visit your emergency care clinic.

Post Operatory Instructions for Root Canals

  • Finally, your root canal has been completed.
  • Your tooth is not fully restored.  A temporary material (temporary filling or temporary crown) has been placed to seal or cover your tooth.  It is not recommended to chew or eat on the side treated tooth until the tooth is completely restored.  If a temporary filling was placed, it will remain soft, like gum, for about 2-3 hours.  Within that time, it is recommended to stay on a cool liquid diet to allow for the temporary filling to fully set.   The temporary filling or temporary crown will need to be restored with a permanent restoration (crown or filling) within the next 30 days to prevent re-contamination, and reduce the risk of fracturing your tooth.
  • You may continue your normal flossing and brushing routine.  Always floss downward into the gums and pull floss sideways to prevent dislodging the temporary crown or temporary material. On certain cases, the dentist might give you specific instructions not to floss.
  • If you dislodge your temporary filling or crown please return to InStyle Dental to have it replaced.  If you are unable to visit our office, a temporary solution is to re-cement your temporary crown with fluoride tooth paste.  Fluoride tooth paste serves as a great temporary cement for your temporary crown. Within hours, the tooth paste will harden and keep the temporary crown in place and the fluoride will help protect your tooth from sensitivity.
  • -It is normal to experience post-operative inflammation of the tooth after a root canal therapy has been completed.  Post-operative inflammation can increase 2-3 days after your treatment.  Tenderness and aching are normal and can be controlled with over the counter medication.  If it is mild discomfort please take 600 mg of Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours as needed.  For moderate-severe discomfort please take 600 mg of Ibuprofen with 500 mg of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 6-8 hours as needed.
  • If pain, swelling, fever occurs and cannot be controlled please contact InStyle Dental or visit your emergency care clinic.

Post Operatory Instructions for Extractions

Make every effort to keep your fingers and tongue away from the open socket.

Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours as this slows the healing process. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages and drinking from straw until the wound has healed. Do not rinse your mouth and do not spit for at least six hours.

Bleeding in small amounts is normal and to be expected following extraction. Using the 2×2 gauze given to you, keep gentle biting pressure over wound for at least one hour. Gauze can be replaced when it is soaked.

Slight swelling may occur after extraction. This is normal and is no cause for alarm. An ice bag, or a towel wrapped around crushed ice may be applied to the cheek, but for no more than ten minutes at a time. This procedure may be repeated at half hour intervals.

If a prescription was given to you, take as directed. If you were not prescribed medication, you many use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen as directed, for mild to moderate pain.

Continue to keep the rest of your mouth clean, brushing and flossing regularly. In the area of the extraction, rinse your mouth gently, again using a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. Repeat several times that day. Do not rinse too briskly as this can dislodge the clot trying to form.

Eat soft foods for the first 24-48 hours and avoid chewing on extraction site.

Post Operatory Instructions for Your Dentures

Your dentures have now been delivered to you.  Do not wear your dentures at night, they must be removed prior to bed to allow gum tissues to rest and allow for healing. Your complete dentures must never be allowed to dry out, they must be placed in water or kept in a denture cleansing solution when not in use. Every night and before you put in your dentures please brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft brush.

Do not drop dentures, they are fragile and might break if dropped.  Stand over a soft cloth or towel when handling your dentures.  Store your dentures in a secure place away from children and pets.

Clean your dentures daily with a tooth brush to remove food particles, plaque, and foreign debris.  Brushing your dentures on a routine basis also prevents permanent stains from adhering to your dentures.  Use soft-bristle brush and avoid hard-bristle brush to clean your dentures.  You may also use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean your dentures.  Avoid using bleach to your denture as it might distort the color of your dentures.

At first, only soft foods should be eaten with your new dentures. Soft mash potatoes, jell-o, or yogurt is acceptable on your first day of wearing dentures.  After a few weeks, more firmer foods can be introduced into your diet.  Cut all your food into small pieces and eat slowly when you begin eating with your dentures.  Chew on both sides to distribute biting forces evenly and prevent soreness on one spot.

During the first week of using your dentures expect to see sore spots on your gums.  It is recommended to return to InStyle Dental 24 hours and 1 week after your initial denture delivery to adjust your denture to prevent further soreness or ulcers on your gums.  Return to your clinic for adjustments if soreness does not subside.  After 2-4 weeks, most patients are able to learn how to eat and talk while wearing their dentures. For Complete Dentures, adhesives (example: Poligrip) can be used after 2-3 weeks to help in denture retention when eating and talking.

Regular dental visits are still recommended to evaluate for denture and gum problems.  Typical life span of dentures is between 5-10 years.

These instructions will help you adjust to your new dentures and increase recovery time.

Post Operatory Instructions for Immediate Dentures

Do NOT remove your immediate dentures for the first 24 hours after placement.  Removing your immediate dentures can cause swelling and make replacing your immediate dentures difficult and, in some cases, even impossible.

You will see your dentist after 24 hours to have your gums, bone, extraction sites, and immediate dentures evaluated.  Immediate dentures will be adjusted as needed.

It is important to wear your immediate denture after initial delivery to protect your extraction sites, control swelling and bleeding. The fit of the immediate denture will change as your tissues and bone heal.  Over time, bone ridges will change shape and reduce in size and your immediate denture will not fit as it did in the beginning.  An immediate denture is often only a temporary solution which will later require a relining and a new permanent denture. A relining of the immediate denture is required 3-5 months after initial placement.  A new permanent denture is usually required within 1 year after your immediate dentures have been fabricated.  A new permanent denture will fit more comfortable and have better retention.

Do not drop dentures, they are fragile and might break if dropped.  Stand over a soft cloth or towel when handling your complete dentures.  Store your dentures in a secure place away from children and pets.

Clean your immediate dentures daily with a tooth brush to remove food particles, plaque, and foreign debris.  Brushing your dentures on a routine basis also prevents permanent stains from adhering to your dentures.  Use soft bristle brush and avoid hard- bristle brush to clean your dentures.  You may also use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean your dentures.  Avoid using bleach to your denture as it might distort the color of your dentures.

At first, only soft foods should be eaten with your new immediate dentures. Soft mash potatoes, jello, or yogurt is acceptable on your first day of wearing dentures.  After a few weeks, more firmer foods can be introduced into your diet.  Cut all your food into small pieces and eat slowly when you begin eating with your dentures.  Chew on both sides to distribute biting forces evenly and prevent soreness on one spot.

After 2-4 weeks, most patients are able to learn how to eat and talk while wearing their dentures. After the extraction sites have healed (2-6 weeks) you may apply dental adhesive (example: poligrip) for better retention.

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