Post Operative Dental Instructions Dublin OH

After a Filling

Your filling “sets up” right away and is hard as it is going to get, so you don’t have to wait to eat or drink after your procedure. You can treat the tooth like normal.

Caution should be taken to not chew your lips, cheeks, or tongue while still numb after your procedure.

Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity/filling, the more sensitive the tooth will be. This is most noticeable the first 12 to 24 hours after the anesthetic wears off. If this sensitivity continues or worsens, please call our office for a follow up because your filling will need adjusted. They will not adjust themselves.

During your procedure, the gum tissue could have been and may be sore for a few days. Soreness may also occur in the injection site due to the muscle surrounding these sites. Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken to help with this soreness. Please call our office if any soreness continues beyond 1 week.

The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.

If your filling feels high or your teeth feel uneven once the anesthetic wears off, please contact us at ☎ Edwards Family Dental Phone Number 614-761-7666. The filling will not wear itself down and could bruise the ligament surrounding your tooth.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please take caution not to chew your lips, cheeks, or tongue while still numb.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at ☎ Edwards Family Dental Phone Number 614-761-7666 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

During your procedure, the gum tissue could have been and may be sore for a few days. Soreness may also occur in the injection site due to the muscle surrounding these sites. Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken to help with this soreness. Please call our office if any soreness continues beyond 1 week.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Tylenol or Ibuprofen may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain please call our office for a bite adjustment. The crown will not adjust itself and get better and can cause bruising of the ligament surrounding your tooth if not corrected.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at ☎ Edwards Family Dental Phone Number 614-761-7666.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office at ☎ Edwards Family Dental Phone Number 614-761-7666 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at ☎ Edwards Family Dental Phone Number 614-761-7666or ☎ 614-374-7073 if you are trying to reach us after normal business hours.