Blake Street Dental | Post-Op Instructions in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Post-Op Instructions
 

After you have any type of oral surgery, it is important to follow our post-op instructions to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours before eating to let any remnant anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The tips below are meant to be general guidelines, but after your specific procedure the doctor will give you a full run-down about how to recover.

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the surgery was performed so you do not irritate the area and to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will 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 your dentist immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before your permanent crown/bridge is installed, you will receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent fixture, so be careful cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and be careful not to pull up on the tooth when flossing or eating because it could become dislodged. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity or irritation after you have the temporary or permanent fixture. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can 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 natural in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth and requires brushing and flossing regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off, your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot or cold foods or drinks for a few days. After some initial discomfort, your teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene routine to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After scaling or root planing, your gums will likely be 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 to relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but be gentle so that you do not further irritate your mouth. If you experience any swelling or stiffness, place a cold compress on the area and take some pain medication. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, contact your dentist.

Veneers

Before permanent veneers are put in, you will receive a temporary restoration which is not as sturdy so be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing or eating because it could become dislodged. Avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is inserted. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, or you can take Advil or Tylenol for the pain.

When you're first getting used to the veneers, it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel natural in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. When brushing and flossing, pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions

After surgery, you will need to rest and be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while afterwards. Gauze will be applied before you leave that you will need to change when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat which could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication for the soreness, but you can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist may also provide a cleaning solution to rinse the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft meals for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and other food you can eat without chewing.



When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call your dentist for a follow up.

 
 
 
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