After Treatment Care


Taking care of your yourself after a dental surgery is key to a speedy and healthy recovery! We want to provide you with the most detailed information for after treatment care and we will talk to you during your visit about what to do and not to do in the hours, days and weeks after treatment. 

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After Treatment Care: Endodontics 


Many Endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.


For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your Endodontist's instructions carefully.

Following a Root Canal Treatment your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold but may become very sensitive to bite. Soreness to bite may be the most noticeable on days 3, 4, & 5 after the procedure. This will subside gradually over the next 10-15 days. We recommend taking 600 mg. of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) plus 325mg of acetaminophen (1 regular strength Tylenol) every 4- 6 hours. If you cannot take Ibuprofen or Aspirin, Extra Strength Tylenol can be substituted.


Always consult with your physician if you have any questions about our recommendations and your current medication. Most likely a temporary filling has been placed in your tooth. Please contact your general dentist for a permanent restoration as soon as your symptoms subside or within the time frame we've recommended. If medication has been prescribed, please take as directed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at any time.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your Endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure, or pain that lasts more than a few days, please call our office. 


Also you can expect one of our staff to call you the day after your treatment to check on you and answer any questions you may have.



After Treatment Care: Oral Surgery


Your recovery time and process will vary depending upon the complexity and length of your oral surgery. Dr. Lopez will be able to give you a good idea of what you can expect to experience during your recovery. You may need to minimize your activity for a few days following your procedure. Your oral surgeon may prescribe antibiotics or painkillers to you to prevent pain and infection. You also may need to modify your diet to maintain your comfort and avoid complications.


Things to Expect: 

  • Some discomfort & pain

  • Bleeding 

  • Swelling 

  • Possible nausea 

  • Possible stiffness in the jaw 

  • Stitches 

  • Modified diet

  • Modified oral hygiene 

  • Prescribed medication & antibiotics

After Treatment Care: Periodontal Surgery

These instructions are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Oral Hygiene

For Flap or Gingivectomy surgery procedures including bone grafts, do brush and floss all areas of the mouth, except the surgery site for about 7 days. Use Rx Chlorhexadine Rinse twice/day for 3 weeks starting the day after surgery, as it is effective 12 hours at a time. After 7 days, floss/brush and use a proxabrush  at the surgery site.

For Gingival or CT Graft surgery procedures, do not brush/floss/touch or otherwise disturb the graft for 3 weeks! Only use Rx Chlorhexadine Rinse for the graft sites for 3 weeks. Note: you should brush the rest of the mouth after graft surgery ...just dodge the grafts specifically! Also, do not keep frequently pulling down the lip to check the graft, because this pulls on the graft and sutures and can cause the graft to fail.



Some swelling or bruising is normal. Use an icepack on the face over the surgical area. Apply for 15 to 20 minutes on and off as needed. After the first 24 to 48 hours, try a heating pad for swelling; however ice may still be effective. Sleep with head propped up on extra pillows for first 2 nights.



A common problem due mainly to swallowing a lot of drainage (blood and saliva) and also antibiotics and pain meds are very common causes.

  1. Stop milk products and drink clear liquids such as Gingerale, 7-up, or Sprite.

  2. Discontinue the Narcotic Pain Med long enough to see if the nausea subsides.

  3. If  nausea persists, then stop the Antibiotic to see if nausea stops, and let Dr. Spencer know, as he may decide to try a different Antibiotic. Both Pain Meds and Antibiotics are suspect.


  1. During the first 24 hours, restrict your diet to soft foods and liquids.

  2. Avoid eating hard foods, spicy foods, crunchy foods, popcorn, and peanuts.

  3. Do not drink through straw. Do not change the quality of your diet...only its texture. A meat grinder or blender will help. Suggestions include; eggs, soups, soft meats,(meat loaf , tuna, salmon, potted meat, ground meat), soft vegetables, cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit juices, and high protein drinks like "Boost".


  • It is common to have an increase in temperature above normal for the first few days following surgery, up to 101 degrees. If persists, or goes higher, you most likely have a co­ existing cold or medical problem unrelated to the perio surgery, and need to see your Physician.

  • You may experience slight feeling of weakness or chills during the first 48 hours, which is not abnormal.

  • You may experience a slight sore throat or earache up to a week. This is not unusual and will subside as healing occurs.

  • Sensitivity: Most patients experience sensitive teeth especially to cold, but some to heat and sweets, which usually slowly diminishes in a month or so after surgery, but can take longer. Patients with excellent oral hygiene habits generally notice a more rapid decrease in sensitivity, than patients with poor oral hygiene or smoking. If sensitivity persists, then we will prescribe a concentrated Fluoride Gel to brush on the teeth to help reduce sensitivity.

  • Do not take pain meds on an empty stomach as they can cause nausea.

  • Do not drink alcohol beverages when taking Narcotic pain meds...Dangerous!

  • Do not SMOKE!  This will significantly slow down the healing process and also can lead to increased pain. 

  • Narcotic Meds may cause constipation, try over-the-counter Colace to help.

Contact us!

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at (512) 280-1216.


Things to Avoid: 

  • Smoking 

  • Extensive Activity

  • Hard Foods

  • Spitting

  • Drinking thick beverages with a straw


Parkside Dental Specialty

10001 South Interstate 35

Suite 350

Austin, TX 78747

Phone: (512) 280-1216

Fax: (512) 280-1217



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