POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

Post-op Instructions after Fillings

  • Depending on the anesthetic used, patients will typically be numb for a few hours after a filling.
  • It is common for the jaw and gums to be sore following fillings. If this continues more than a day, please contact our office.
  • Sensitivity is a common post-operative symptom especially with deep fillings. These symptoms generally go away in a short period of time. Symptoms can last from several days. Please contact your dentist if symptoms persist.
  • Because of difficulty in determining an accurate bite because of numbness, sometimes fillings may seem high or “taller” than other teeth. If this is the case, please contact the office for us to adjust it for you.

Post-op Instructions following Crown or Bridgework

  • Depending on the anesthetic used, patients will typically be numb for a few hours following crown or bridgework.
  • It is common for the jaw and gums to be sore following the procedure. Please contact your dentist if this soreness is not manageable.
  • Patients may wear a temporary crown or have a CEREC same-day crown placed. A temporary is meant to protect the underlying tooth, maintain the space for the permanent crown and prevent the gum tissue from folding over the underlying tooth. If a temporary breaks or comes off, please contact your dentist immediately.
  • Please avoids sticky foods that may dislodge the temporary crown.
  • Keep the area clean by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash daily.
  • When flossing, snap the floss through the contacts of the temporary and slide the floss out. Do not floss up through the contact again. This may dislodge the temporary.
  • When having a CEREC same-day crown placed, some post-op sensitivity is expected especially if the decay was deep. Some symptoms may last a few days. If sensitivity persists, does not decrease or if sensitivity is not manageable, please contact your dentist.

Post-op Instructions following Root Canal Therapy

  • Depending on the anesthetic used, patients will typically be numb for a few hours following root canal therapy.
  • It is fairly common for the jaw and gums to be sore follow the procedure. Please contact your dentist if this soreness is not manageable.
  • Healing after root canal therapy is highly dependent upon the condition of the tooth prior to the procedure. Some teeth take longer to heal.
  • Pain management is a key in the healing process. OTC medications are commonly recommended to help manage pain. Your dentist will advise based upon your specific needs.
  • Once a root canal is completed, depending upon the condition of the tooth, care must be taken to not chew on that tooth prior to final restoration. The root canal is usually the first step only.
  • Continue to brush and floss as recommended by your dentist
  • It is important to follow up with your dentist for your final restoration.

Post-op Instructions following Implant

Implant Post-Op

Post-op Instructions following Extraction

Extraction Post-Op

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