Post-Operative Instructions

Please select the procedure you had to see a summary of post-op instructions. Call us if you have any questions:


  1. Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been placed on the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressed on for another 45 minutes.
  2. If you are supervising children who have had extraction done, make sure they don t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  3. Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on theday of your extraction. Also, do not rinse your mouth, do not use a straw for drinking. Do not spit and do not drink carbonated beverages. Do not brush on the day of the surgery; you can resume your brushing and flossing the day after, gently.
  4. You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips and/or some swelling, especially after extraction of impactedwisdom teeth. Ice bag application and medication prescribed for you will help to minimize your discomfort.
  5. Please take all the medication you have received based on the instructions given to you.
  6. During the first 2-3 days after the surgery a diet of soft food and liquids is recommended (soup, yogurt, milk shake and juice).
  7. For more complex Surgical Procedures including Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Implant Surgical Procedures, etc; you will receive an ice wrap which should be worn for the rest of the day and until you go to bed on the day of surgery only (10 minutes on and 5 minutes off). Individual instructions for various surgical treatments will have some unique directions which will be supplied to you at the time of your treatment.
  8. Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling or if you have any questions orconcerns. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

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  1. Do not eat on your new filling for one hour and until your numbness is gone.
  2. If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  3. Do not bite hard or chew on silver Amalgam fillings for 24 hours.
  4. You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and some soreness on your gum, this usually subsides in few days.
  5. Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for morethan a fewdays after the fillings, or if you have any questions.

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Crown and bridge (also inlays and Onlays):

  1. Crown and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment the tooth/teeth are prepared and impressions are taken and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth.
  2. You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness and slight discomfort on the tooth / teeth, it should subside after the placement of permanent crown.
  3. Whenever anesthesia is used,avoid chewing on yourteeth until thenumbness has worn off.
  4. Temporary crown is usually made of plastic based material or soft metal. It could break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown also may come off; if it does, save the crown and call our office. The temporary crown is placed to protectthe tooth and prevent other teeth to move. If it comes off it should be replaced. To avoid losing your temporary, avoid chewing on sticky and hard food (chewing gum, ice). Try to chew on the opposite side of the treatment as much as possible.
  5. After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. But if the bite feels uneven or you feel discomfort on chewing on the tooth after 2-3 days call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
  6. Continue your normal brushing but be careful while flossing around the temporaries (remove the floss gently from the side).
  7. Call our office if you are in pain or if you haveany questions.

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Root canal treatment:

  1. You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days butthe pain anddiscomfort should subside gradually.
  2. Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  3. Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth, do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chewwith the opposite side.
  4. Continue your brushing and flossing.
  5. Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay on placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
  6. Call our office if you arein severe pain or experience swelling or if you have any questions.

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Teeth cleaning (Deep cleaning):

  1. You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning).
  2. If you have received anesthesia do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
  3. Continue your regular brushing and flossing.
  4. Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.
  5. Call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.

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Denture delivery:

  1. You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. All 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 containing water or denture cleaning solution. Your gum needs rest and to be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
  3. Clean dentures thoroughly with brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  4. It may be difficult to talk normally with the new denture for a fewdays. A way to practice isto reada book or newspaper out loud for a period of time everyday. Your tongue and muscles will get used to thenew denture and you will talk normally very soon.
  5. Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort or if you have any questions.

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Bone Graft Surgery

You have just hadsurgery completed for the reduction of periodontal pocketing and/or for replacement of bone in an area where pathology existed; or in conjunction with endosseous dental implant surgical placement with or without platelet addition to the bone graft. You will be advised of the particular procedure and pertinent directions relative to your treatment modality. Whether you were put to sleep for this procedure or were only given local anesthesia, the post operative directions remain the same.

You will have several sutures (stitches) placed at the surgical site. These sutures may or may not be resorbable. If you have been told that you have received external silk sutures they have to be removed by us. The sutures will cause a pulling of your tissue over the bone grafting site. Since the bone graft site will have approximately 15 % more bone fill than what was naturally there, it is imperative that you do not pull up your lips or cheeks to show or examine the area. The undue pressure will cause the sutures to widen away from the surgical site, expose bone, create more pain,and delay healing dramatically. This delay can lead to the need for the area to be sutured again when you are seen for your 1 week post surgical evaluation. The sutures will remain in place for between 14 and 21 days depending on the size of the graft, the severity of the pathology, and the condition of the tissue being sutured.

Your doctor will tell you what time period to expect. Remember though that this is not etched in stone, and that the doctor may extend the time before your sutures are removed to assure adequate healing and to avoid surgical regression.

You also may have a periodontal pack placed over the surgical site. The pack is pink in color, impregnated with antibiotic, and will protect the surgical site form infection and any wash out of the particulate bone utilized to restore your jaw. The pack should be left in place for as long as possible. If a pack is placed the doctor will remove the packing on your 1 week followup and decide if the packing should be replaced or kept off. Usually the packing is kept on for 7 to 10 days minimally. You must return to the office if your pack falls off before you are seen for your 1 week follow up.

Your maintenance during healing has to be completed carefully. You can brush in every area where the periodontal pack is not placed. It is imperative that you use NOTHING ASTRINGENT such as mouth wash or antiseptic solutions during the healing period of your bone graft. Listerine, Viadent, and any other potentially caustic agent can RUIN your bone grafting procedure, if contaminated, and require a replacement bone graft. Doctor and our staff will reiterate this with you at, during, and after your bone graft surgical procedure. After the first stages of healing is satisfactory, we will deliver and instruct you on how to use normal saline (with or without the addition of salt), and irrigation syringes for cleaning of the surgical site.

Since bone grows and heals slowly, and requires conditions conducive to a proper environment and blood supply, it is imperative that immediately after your bone graft that you alter your diet, as you would for any Oral Surgical procedure. This means that you should not eat anything that is too large, too hot, or too sticky. Your food should be tepid or on the cool side. Any food too hot will have a deleterious affect on your surgical procedure. Common sense must be used in determining what should be done or not done. If for some reason you have a question about anything post surgically, please call the office and we will inform you of the proper action to take.

Smoking after any Oral Surgical procedure will ALWAYS delay or badly disrupt normal healing due to a decrease in oxygenation of the tissue that is healing. Smoking should therefore be stopped for the first 7 to 10 days to allow for adequate initial tissue closure. Complete epithilization (closure) and wound healing normally takes a minimal of 21 days from the day the surgery was completed under ideal healing conditions and no other underlying systemic causes such as Diabetes Melitus, etc.

Bone grafting is a very predictable surgical procedure when done correctly and when patient cooperation is adhered to. Please try to be reasonable in understanding that this procedure has inherent risks associated with it as stated in your informed consents. Some of these risks are also pertinent to your post operative care.

We want nothing more than a perfect outcome with the surgical procedures that you are having done to rehabilitate your bone. This can only be attainable with proper cooperation from you. Please always feel free to communicate with us, at any time, to make sure that the procedures that you are having completed are properly maintained. No question is ever perceived by our office as being silly or unreasonable. We would rather have questions answered immediately than to have a chance that the procedure will not go as planned, especially from omissions that are preventable.

Please also remember, as stated above, and as outlined on your informed consents, that there are some occasions that no matter what is done that the outcome is not perfect. There are even infrequent instances when a surgery may have to be redone that are neither the doctors or the patients fault.

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