Post-op instructions

Extraction

Following extraction of a tooth, a blood clot forms in the socket, usually within an hour. Bleeding is common in this first hour, but its likelihood decreases quickly as time passes, and bleeding has usually stopped after 24 hours. The raw open wound overlying the dental socket takes about one week to heal. The socket will gradually fill in with soft gum tissue over a period of about one to two months. Final closure of the socket with bony remodeling can take six months or more.

If bleeding continues after 24 hours, please contact our office.

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Fillings

Avoid eating one hour after a filling and until your numbness is gone.

If supervising children who have had a filling, make sure they don’t chew or bite their numb tongue, lips, or cheek. This can cause injury to their soft tissue.

Cold and heat sensitivity and gum soreness is common after a filling. It typically subsides after 2-3 days.

Please call our office if discomfort lasts more than a few days following a filling.

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Crown and Bridge (also Inlays and Onlays)

Crown and Bridge procedures generally require 2 or 3 appointments. During the first appoinment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed. The impressions are sent to the lab where a crown is fabricated.

Temporary crowns are used to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving or drifting. If the temporary crown comes off, it is important to have it replaced. Please save the temporary crown (if possible) and call our office. To prevent losing your temporary crown, avoid eating sticky and hard foods including chewing gum, taffy, ice, etc.

On the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and permanent restoration is placed. The doctor will fit the crown with your current bite. It is common to feel pressure for a few days after the crown is placed, but if you feel discomfort when biting/chewing following placement, please call our office.

Crowned teeth should be flossed and brushed regularly in order to avoid decay and tarter build-up.

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Teeth Cleaning (Deep cleaning)

Some cold and heat sensitivity is expected after a deep cleaning.

Avoid eating until the numbness has worn off (when local anesthetic is used).

Continue your regular brushing and flossing.

Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.

Also call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.

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Denture Delivery

Some discomfort is common with any new denture for a few days. All new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth.

Each night, remove dentures and keep them in a clean container with water or denture cleaning solution. Your gum needs rest and to be without the dentures every day for a period of time.

Thoroughly clean dentures with brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.

Talking normally with the new denture for a few days may be difficult. A way to practice is to read a book or newspaper out loud for a period of time everyday. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new denture and you will talk normally very soon.

Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort or if you have any questions.