post-op instructions

Crown Post-Op Instructions

Temporary Crowns​

Do not eat anything sticky, crunchy, sharp, or chewy on the side the temporary crown is on. If you take care of your crown, it will take care of you. When you floss in the area, put the floss in between the teeth and do not pull it back up. Rather pull it through the bottom of the tooth. Our staff will review this technique with you at your appointment. If your temporary crown comes off, which may occur with a temporary crown, do not panic. Call (833) 377-6265 and someone will be able to assist you within a timely manner. For those who do not have access to a phone, you can also go to a local convenience store and pick up some temporary cement.

​​Permanent Crowns

There may be some sensitivity around the gum after the final crown cementation. There may also be some sensitivity to cold or hot for up to 1 week after final cementation. It is safe to eat only after the anesthesia has worn off. Please take care of the newly cemented crown for approximately 3 days while the cement has a chance to settle. Avoid eating hard food and vigorously flossing around the new crown for 3 days. 

Deep Cleaning Post-Op Instructions

There may be some sensitivity to cold or hot after the deep cleaning. Please wait until your anesthetic has worn off before eating. Do not floss the area treated on the day of you appointment. Please start your required hygiene routine the following evening. Brush the treated area lightly as it may be tender or bleed for a day or two after treatment. Avoid smoking for 48 hours. Avoid hard foods like chips, popcorn and seeds for 48 hours. If you are experiencing discomfort you may take up to 800 mg (4 tablets) of Advil (ibuprofen).  You may take this dosage every 8 hrs as needed with food or milk. If after 2 days discomfort is still present mix one 8oz cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt and rinse 3 times a day.


Dentures Post-Op Instructions

​Be patient with the adjustment period for your new dentures.

Ease into your daily routines with your new dentures. Eat softer foods first and practice speaking.​ Brush your dentures daily inside and out. Use a soft tooth brush or recommended denture​. Soak your denture occasionally in a cleansing solution. Avoid dropping your dentures while cleaning. Clean them over a sink of water or a soft wash cloth.​ Do not sleep with your dentures so that your gum tissue rests and you avoid any unnecessary irritation. Return to your dentist within a recommended period of days for an adjustment and progress observation. Inform your dentist about any soreness, loose fit, difficulty chewing or speaking.


Extractions Post-Op Instructions

​Apply an ice-bag to the facial area of your procedure in 15 minute increments for the first day following your procedure. Expect numbness to last for a few hours following the procedure. Avoid chewing or biting until the anesthesia wears off.Eat soft foods for the first 2 to 4 days, maintain a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.​ Avoid chewing directly on the area of your procedure.Avoid disturbing the treatment area. Allow a few days, especially the first 24 hours, for your body to naturally heal and “clot.” Avoid dislodging the clot with swishing, sucking through a straw, and smoking. Prevent toothpicks, eating utensils, or crunchy foods from making contact with the treated area. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth for 24 hours. Control bleeding with gauze and light pressure for 30 minutes after your procedure. Avoid removing the gauze during that time. The appearance of blood is normal for in the hours following your procedure. Avoid smoking after your procedure for at least one week. The suction can dislodge the clot and you may also be susceptible to “dry socket.”. Reduce your pain with over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, non-aspirin pain relievers) every 3 to 4 hours until bedtime.​ Avoid alcohol  and any heavy lifting for 1 week following an extraction.

Fillings Post-Op Instructions

There may be sensitivity to cold or hot. Please wait until the anesthesia completely wears off to eat. Be careful of eating hard food on that side of the filling for 3 days. 

Root Canal Post-Op Instructions

Use an over-the-counter pain reliever within one hour following your procedure. This helps with any discomfort once the anesthesia begins to wear off. For pain relief we recommend ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) at 400mg every six hours for one day. If you must substitute for ibuprofen due to a medical condition, etc., use Tylenol as a substitute. Avoid aspirin and aspirin based products to eliminate the risk of blood thinning if any bleeding occurs. Chew on the opposite side from the treatment area. Continue doing so until your permanent crown or filling is seated to avoid fracturing your weakened tooth. Avoid anything sticky, crunchy, sharp or chewy on the side of the tooth that had the treatment. 

We are here for you to make your experience as easy as possible. Depending on the schedule, we will make every attempt to fit you in the same day for an emergency. If we are unable to do so be assured that we will make every attempt to see you at the  next available appointment time that will work for you.