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Philadelphia Dentist | Philadelphia dental care | PA | Post-Op Instructions

Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

Post-Op Instructions
AGD Member
 

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call us right away.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged.  Keep any sticky or exceptionaly hard foods away from the temporary restoration.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us now. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off your teeth may be sensitive. You should try to minimize hot and cold food or drink for the next day or so.  After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will be soothing and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact us.

Veneers

Before you receive your permanent veneer you may first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be very careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. Warm salt water rinses will help. 

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions

After the surgery you will need to take it easy for the rest of the day.  You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it after 30 minutes. For the first 24 hrs., you should avoid rinsing, spitting, smoking and drinking through a straw.  Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. We may prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. 

You will be limited to soft foods for a couple days after your surgery.

If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call us for a follow up.

 

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Robert Gurmankin provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.
 

 

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