Post-Op Instructions - Burke Cosmetic Dentistry

Surgery is a scary thing for most people. Getting through the surgery is important and making sure you are following the correct procedures post-op can be just as important. For anyone having had oral surgery the best course of action is to follow the directions of your doctor as closely as possible. Getting an infection or messing up dental work may end up in a trip back to your dentist to have the procedure done over again or get their work fixed. Some basics of care after oral surgery include always waiting until anesthesia wear off before attempting to eat anything. Two hours is the minimum time but sometimes anesthesia can take a little longer. Keep in mind that certain foods are off limits and your dentist can provide you with a better understanding of which snacks you can enjoy and which to pass for now. Below are a few instructions for a variety of surgeries and procedures. Always contact your dentist or oral surgeon in order to understand the full guidelines to make sure your mouth heals properly.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal will always cause a certain amount of soreness to happen within the first few days. This means that eating may not always be the most pleasant experience. Always try and chew on the side of your mouth where you haven’t had the root canal. Crunchy and hard foods are never the way to go and may further irritate the area and cause healing to run much slower than it ordinarily would. Your doctor will also prescribe you an antibiotic to get rid of any of the remaining infection and get you healed up quickly and effectively. If you do happen to notice your pain lingers or increases when it should be healed, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Bonding

This is another procedure in which your teeth will be sensitive once the anesthesia wears off. At this point it is always a wise choice to make sure you’re avoiding extremely cold or hot drinks or foods. Bonding isn’t likely to cause much of a problem and a normal hygiene routine can be followed as soon as your teeth feel back to normal.

Scaling

This procedure will focus some on your gums. They will remain slightly sore and irritated for several days after the procedure. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water around 2-3 times each day can help with the soreness and irritation. Maintain normal brushing and flossing habits but make sure you brush gently so as not to further aggravate the healing area.

Veneers

A temporary restoration will happen before getting your permanent veneer. This means that eating and chewing with this temporary may not always be the easiest task. Brushing the area as gently as possible is advised and flossing should be done carefully so your temporary isn’t dislodged. When your permanent veneer is applied, keep in mind that it may feel out of place at first. Remember that your mouth has to get used to the new tooth. If your bite suddenly seems off or the tooth doesn’t quite feel right then contact your dentist to see if adjustments need to be made.

Extractions

Having a tooth pulled may be one of the more painful surgeries. Due to the anesthesia used during the procedure you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. For a small amount of time after the procedure you will more than likely notice blood on your gauze. Once this gauze is soaked, make sure to change it. While it may be uncomfortable, changing the gauze prevents infection and keeps your mouth safe. Bleeding which occurs more than 24 hours after the procedure is a sign to call your dentist. When you are at home make sure to prop your pillow up. Pain medication will be prescribed so make sure to take it as directed. Unfortunately you will also be limited to certain foods: Jell-O, pudding, yogurt, ice cream, thin soup, and a variety of other foods you can eat without needing to chew. Smoking and drinking through a straw is also off-limits during the healing process.