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Post-Operative Instructions For Dental Procedures, by Lifetime Dental Of San Bernardino

To read post-operative care instructions, please click on the procedure that you have undergone. Call us at (909) 341-6203 if you have any questions.

Extraction

  1. The gauze pad put by your dentist should stay on with pressure for up to one hour after surgery. If bleeding continues, the gauze should be replaced with a new one with applied pressure for an additional 45 minutes.
  2. Extra care should be taken for children to ensure to prevent them from biting their numb tongue or lips.
  3. Avoid hot food on the day of surgery. Avoid rinsing your mouth or using a straw, spitting or consuming carbonated drinks. Brushing with gentle strokes can be resumed on the day after surgery and flossing the day after.
  4. It is common to experience some bruising, swelling and pain around your lips, after extraction. Apply an ice pack and take the prescribed medication to minimize discomfort.
  5. During the first 2-3 days after surgery, you should eat a diet containing liquids and soft food.
  6. Call us immediately in case of excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Fillings

  1. Do not eat on your new filling until the numbness has gotten over.
  2. Extra care should be taken for children to ensure to prevent them from biting their numb tongue or lips
  3. It is common to experience sensitivity and gum soreness for some time after the procedure.
  4. Call us immedicately if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the procedure, or if you have any questions.

Crowns and Bridges / Inlays and Onlays

  1. The installation of Crowns and bridges takes multiple visits. On the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed.
  2. You may experience gum soreness, sensitivity, and slight discomfort , which generally subsides after the permanent crown has been placed.
  3. Avoid chewing on your teeth until the anesthesia has worn off.
  4. Do not chew hard or sticky foods, or apply too much pressure while the temporary crown is on.
  5. Be careful while brushing and flossing around the temporary crown.
  6. It is okay to feel slight pressure and difference for a few days after getting your permanent crown.
  7. If you experience discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call our office. Delaying adjustments may cause permanent damage to the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

  1. Experiencing some sensitivity and pain accompanied by gum soreness until a few days after treatment is common.
  2. Take your medication timely.
  3. Do not chew hard or sticky foods, or apply too much pressure while the temporary crown is on.
  4. Continue with gentle brushing and flossing.
  5. Do not delay your appointment for the placement of final restoration.
  6. Call our office if you experience severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions.

Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning)

  1. You may be sensitive to cold and hot foods after the procedure.
  2. Avoid eating or drinking until the anesthesia wears off.
  3. You may have some bleeding for one or two days after cleaning, but if the bleeding is excessive, call us immediately.
  4. Continue your regular brushing and flossing.

Placement of Braces

  1. You may experience pressure and discomfort on your teeth after the procedure.
  2. Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and sticky foods.
  3. Brushing and flossing around braces is important.
  4. Call our office if you have any questions.

Gum Surgery

  1. You may experience some pain, bleeding and swelling after the procedure.
  2. Take your prescribed medication in a timely manner.
  3. Apply an ice pack on your face over the surgical site to get rid of pain and swelling.
  4. Do not skip your appointment for suture removal and follow up examinations.
  5. DO NOT touch the treated area with your fingers.
  6. DO NOT brush teeth the treated area. Brush the rest of your mouth.
  7. You may see a temporary loss of sensation in the area and the tooth may feel loose.
  8. Do not spit, smoke or use a straw on the day of the surgery.
  9. If you experience major difficulties, do not hesitate to call us. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Implant Surgery

  1. Some discomfort and bleeding may be seen after the procedure for a day.
  2. Regularly take prescribed medication
  3. Use an icepack to get rid of pain and discomfort.
  4. Do not skip your appointment for suture removal and follow up examinations.
  5. DO NOT touch the treated area with your fingers.
  6. DO NOT brush teeth the treated area. Brush the rest of your mouth.
  7. You may see a temporary loss of sensation in the area and the tooth may feel loose.
  8. Do not spit, smoke, or use a straw on the day of the surgery.
  9. Call us immediately if you experience difficulties.

Denture Delivery

  1. Your dentures may feel uncomfortable at first and may need a few adjustments to fit perfectly.
  2. Remove the dentures at night and keep them in a clean container of denture cleaning solution or water.
  3. Clean dentures with a brush and water before putting them in your mouth.
  4. Your tongue and muscles will need a little period of adjustment before you can talk normally with your dentures.
  5. Call our office if you are experiencing discomfort, pain, or if you have any questions.

Apicoectomy (Root Canal Treatment)

  1. Temporary pain, swelling, and skin discoloration may be experienced after the procedure.
  2. Minimize swelling by applying an ice pack.
  3. Rinse the treated area with lukewarm water after meals the day after the surgery meal and continue this for at least 3 days.
  4. Avoid hard and chewy foods.
  5. Get plenty of rest and take a vitamin supplement if desired.
  6. DO NOT touch the treated area with your fingers.
  7. DO NOT brush teeth the treated area. Brush the rest of your mouth.
  8. You may see a temporary loss of sensation in the area and the tooth may feel loose.
  9. Take all your medication on time.
  10. Call us if you experience difficulties. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Bone Graft Surgery

Sutures are placed at the surgical site after the procedure. In case these are external silk sutures, they have to be removed by your dentist. The sutures will cause tissue to pull over the grafting site. Because the bone graft site has about 15 % more bone fill than what was naturally there, it is important to not pull up your lips or cheeks to show or examine the area. The pressure could cause widening away of the sutures to expose bone, create more pain, and delay healing dramatically. You may even need sutures again if this happens. The sutures will remain in place for 2 to 3 weeks depending on the severity of the pathology, the size of the graft, and the condition of the tissue being sutured.

Your doctor will tell you what time period to expect for removal of sutures, and may extend this time to allow proper healing and to avoid surgical regression.

A pink colored periodontal pack containing antibiotics placed may be placed to protect the site from washout of the particulate bone to restore your jaw and infection. You should leave the pack in place for as long as advised by the dentist.

You must continue careful maintenance of your oral hygiene while you heal. Brush every area of the mouth except the site of the periodontal pack. DO NOT use any ASTRINGENTS such as mouth wash or antiseptic solutions during the healing period of your bone graft. Once the first stage of healing is complete, we will provide you normal saline and irrigation syringes for cleaning the surgical site and instruct you on how to use it.

Avoid eating large, hard, hot and sticky foods. One should also avoid smoking as it delays the healing procedure.

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