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Post-Operative Instructions


  1. Apply pressure on the gauze placed on extraction site for one hour. It is normal for the saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1-2 days. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place a piece of moist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Place cold towels or an ice bag on your face for the first 6-8 hours. Leave it on 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction. Do not rinse your mouth, spit, or use a straw for drinking. Also, do not drink carbonated beverages.
  4. Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.
  5. If you smoke, do not smoke for 48 hours following surgery.
  6. A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink lots of fluids.
  7. On the morning following surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water. Repeat this several times daily.
  8. Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. Please take all medication as prescribed.
  9. Return to office if undue symptoms develop.


  1. Do not eat on your new filling for one hour and until your numbness is gone.
  2. Do not bite hard or chew on amalgam fillings for 24 hours.
  3. You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and gum soreness; this usually subsides in a few days.
  4. Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after filling.

Crowns and Bridges:

  1. Crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. The tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on the first appointment.
  2. You may experience sensitivity, slight discomfort or gum soreness; it should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s).
  3. A void chewing until your numbness has worn off.
  4. Continue your normal brushing but refrain from flossing around your temporary. You may resume flossing when you receive your permanent crown.
  5. A temporary crown is made of a plastic-based material. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The temporary crown may come off, if it does, save the crown and call our office. The temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving. If it comes off, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Avoid chewing any hard or sticky foods. Also, try to chew on the opposite side as much as possible.
  6. After the permanent restoration is placed your bite may feel different or you may feel slight pressure for a few days. If after 2-3 days, the bite still feels uneven or you have any discomfort, call our office.

Root Canal Treatment:

  1. You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity on your tooth. In addition, you may feel gum soreness for a few days after treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
  2. Take all medication prescribed according to instructions.
  3. A temporary filling may have been placed; do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Be very gentle with the tooth until the permanent restoration is placed. Try to chew on the opposite side.
  4. Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as advised. Any unnecessary delays may damage the tooth permanently.
  5. Continue brushing and flossing.
  6. Call our office if you experience severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions.

Denture Delivery:

  1. You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. Most new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth.
  2. You should take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container filled with water or denture cleaning solution. Your gums need to rest and be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
  3. Clean dentures thoroughly with a brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  4. Call our office if you experience any pain or discomfort or have any questions.

Deep Cleaning:

  1. You may experience some cold or heat sensitivity.
  2. Do not eat anything until your numbness has worn off.
  3. Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience excessive bleeding call our office.
  4. Continue your regular brushing and flossing.