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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.

Once you get home from having 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 doctor 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 after your treatment to check on you and answer any questions you may have.

Below you'll find post-operative instructions - click the link to view:

Post-Operative Instructions - General (English)

Post-Operative Instructions - General (Spanish)

 

 

After Treatment Care: Oral Surgery

 

Your recovery time and process will vary depending upon the complexity and length of your oral surgery. Your doctor 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

Things to Avoid: 

  • Smoking 

  • Extensive Activity

  • Hard Foods - nuts, seeds, chips, etc.

  • Spitting

  • Using a straw

Soft food recommendations: Apple sauce, ice cream, yogurt, soups, Jello, pudding, milkshakes, mash potatoes, eggs, smoothies (avoid seeds). 

Below you'll find post-operative instructions - click the link to view:

Post-Operative Instructions - General (English)

Post-Operative Instructions - General (Spanish)

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.

Below you'll find specific post-operative instructions - click the link to view:

Post-Operative Instructions - General

Post-Operative Instructions - Sinus Lift

Post-Operative Instructions - Soft Tissue Graft (Alloderm)

Post-Operative Instructions - Soft Tissue Graft (Palatal)

 
 

Contact us!

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