Post op instructions:
Root canals can be painful, so it is not uncommon to feel some tenderness in your mouth for a few days. Many people even complain of tenderness in their jaw. You may use pain medications if you need to for the pain and tenderness. It is also normal for the tooth to feel different for a while. However, if the pain continues for more than a few days, we may need to see you again.
Immediately after the procedure, you need to avoid eating and drinking until your mouth is no longer numb. After the numbness goes away, you need to continue your normal routine of brushing and flossing your teeth.
Contact us if you have any problems such as swelling, or if you have symptoms such as a rash or hives, which could indicate a potential reaction to a medication. If your symptoms return or your bite doesn’t feel normal, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Crowns and Bridges:
Usually before you get the crowns and bridges that are made specifically for you, you will get temporary ones. Since they are made to protect your teeth, they are just as important as the permanent ones. They are made with lighter material, so you need to be careful with what you eat. They are also not put in as strongly so that they can be taken out when your regular crowns and bridges are ready. You should avoid sticky food and use extra caution when flossing. You need to contact us if you lose your temporary ones.
When you have your final crowns and bridges placed in your mouth, you won’t be able to eat for several hours. You may notice some sensitivity. To ensure that your crowns and bridges last as long as possible, you need to take good care of them. You need to brush and floss regularly and continue to see us for regular checkups.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you continue to have sensitivity or pain after a few days.
All fillings and bondings are set before you leave our office, so you can eat and drink right away. You may notice that the affected teeth are a bit sensitive for a few days afterward. If we had to fill in a tooth quite deeply, you may have trouble with sensitivity down the line, so never hesitate to contact us if you continue having trouble with it.
Scaling and Root Planing:
Scaling and root planing is not surgical, so there are not as many post-op restrictions. However, you do want to wait for a few hours after the procedure before eating. You should also avoid eating chips, popcorn, or seeds for a few days. If needed, you can rinse your mouth out with salt water, but you should be able to get back to your basic brushing and flossing right away. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever if you have any discomfort following the procedure; though if the pain continues or you notice swelling in your mouth, you definitely need to contact us.
When you have a tooth extracted, you will be sent home with a gauze pack on the area. You will want to keep firm pressure on it until the bleeding stops. You may need to change the gauze if it fills with blood. You don’t want to rinse out your mouth, use a straw, smoke, or spit for at least twenty-four hours since this can delay healing or produce a dry socket which is very painful. After that point, you should rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution. This should be done three times a day to reduce pain and decrease any swelling.
You should avoid brushing for the first twenty-four hours, but after that time, you will need to return to brushing and flossing as normal. You should also eat softer foods for about a week or longer and avoid foods that may get caught in your socket as it heals.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (928) 536-7158 if you have any questions or concerns about your post-op care and instructions.