Post-Op Care Instructions

Composite or Tooth Colored Filling Post Op instructions

  1. If your bite feels off for any reason, please let us know. After a few days, your bite should feel normal, if not contact us. Sometimes your bite may feel off as your jaw muscles can get tired during the procedure, causing your bite to feel off.
  2. Composite fillings set up right away. There is no waiting time to eat. Children should be watched until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, tongue or cheeks, which can cause damage.
  3. The finished restoration may be contoured a little 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.
  4. The gum tissue and injection site may be irritated during the procedure for a few days, but it should heal in few days.

Implant surgery/Bone Grafting

  1. It is normal to have some discomfort and bleeding the day of the surgery.
  2. Take all the prescribed medications based on given instructions.
  3. Do not brush teeth near the surgical site. There will be sutures on the outside. You can brush the tooth behind and in front but be cautious around the gum where the sutures are.
  4. Apply an ice bag on your face over the surgical site on the day of surgery for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
  5. Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow up check
  6. Do not smoke, spit or use straw on the day of surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).

Teeth cleaning

  1. You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning).
  2. On the morning after the treatment, rinse mouth with warm salt water(1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily
  3. Brush teeth gently to help remove plaque that has started to form.
  4. Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.
  5. It is very common for periodontal disease to recur, patients should have regular checkups to monitor progress and prevent recurrence.

Tooth whitening

  1. For the next 48 hours avoid dark staining substances, such as: Red Wine, Cola, Berries, Ketchup, Tobacco products, Coffee and/tea
  2. Sensitivity is expected following a whitening procedure. For minimal discomfort take 800 mg of ibuprofen.
  3. You can use desensitizing gel (which is included in your kit) or sensitivity toothpaste to relieve sensitivity.


  1. Bite firmly the gauze pack over the surgical area for an hour. If bleeding stops don’t put another gauze. If a bleeding continues, place a new gauze and press on for another 45 minutes.
  2. Try to avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction.
  3. Eat soft diet for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction
  4. Do not use a straw or spit, since this will promote bleeding
  5. Keep your fingers and tongue from socket
  6. Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery because this will cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
  7. Do not drink alcoholic or carbonated beverages for 24 hours after surgery
  8. Do not brush on the day of the surgery, you can gently brush and floss the day after surgery
  9. Do not rinse your mouth. You can use salt water rinse 12 hours after your surgery(1/2 teaspoon salt in ½ cup of warm water)
  10. Please take all the medication you have received based on the instructions given to you
  11. Return or call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Crown, Bridge, veneers, inlays and onlays

  1. You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth
  2. Avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off
  3. Temporary crown is usually made of a soft acrylic material and it could break if too much pressure is placed on it. Temporary crown may come off since we use weak adhesive. Please save the crown and call the office. This temporary crown is very important as it protects and covers the tooth, as well as holds the tooth’s place from moving and shifting. Avoid chewing on sticky or hard food. A sticky food like gum or candy might pull off the temporary crown. Something really crunchy like almonds or nuts might crack the material.
  4. When flossing the tooth with the temporary crown, floss down the tooth as normal, but instead of pulling your floss up, pull your floss out to the side of the tooth.
  5. After the permanent crown is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Bite may feel different for few days. But if you feel that your bite is uneven or you have discomfort on chewing on the tooth, call the office.

Root Canals

  1. Some pain is normal after a root canal. Avoid chewing on that side for a few days.
  2. Take the prescribed medication to reduce the size of the infection, reduce swelling and pain. This will allow faster healing post root canal.
  3. The gums around the root canal treated tooth may be sore and irritated.

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