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post op instructions


If you are going to have or just had a surgery with us, then following every single instruction is critical for complete healing, recovery as well as avoiding any future complications. For optimum oral health these instructions must be followed as a rule of thumb.

It’s mandatory to wait for two hours after any surgery before you start eating to let the effects of anesthesia wear off otherwise you could end up with soft tissue damage in your mouth.

After you had a surgery at our office, the doctor or the dental assistant will make sure that complete instructions are given to you to be followed rigorously by you. These instructions vary from procedure to procedure. Make sure you take note of this and do accordingly for successful treatment and your better oral health.

After root canal

You can experience a little soreness for a few days after a root canal procedure therefore avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the procedure is done. This will help the restorative material to set in and will also avoid irritation in your mouth. The infection can be treated by taking an antibiotic. If you experience shooting pain, tenderness, or the filling falls out then call us immediately.

In case of bonding – White fillings

After the bonding procedure and the effects of anaesthesia wears off, your teeth will be sensitive for some time. Hot and cold food and drinks are a complete no-no. When the initial period passes, your teeth will be as good as new so, carry on maintaining personal hygiene to make sure the filling lasts for long.
For crowns and bridges

Before the permanent procedure is done, it is compulsory that you get a temporary restoration. Be careful in this stage while eating or cleaning your teeth as the restoration isn’t strong enough. Do not tug or pull near the area while brushing or flossing your teeth to avoid dislodging of the restoration. To be on the safe side, avoid sticky, chewy food for some days.

Sensitivity and irritation after the temporary as well as permanent restoration is completely normal which will subside in a few days. Advil or Tylenol is recommended if the pain persists; a warm water rinse can also do wonders.

It is completely normal to feel a little awkward when the crown or the bridge is placed permanently. It will become a part of your mouth in a few days and the awkwardness will go away most probably in a week. Brush and floss regularly like you do with your normal teeth, take proper care of your crowns and bridges for the best oral health.

For veneers

Like the case of crowns and bridges, veneers also needs a temporary restoration before the permanent procedure is done. Likewise be careful while eating food, drinking and even cleaning your teeth as the restoration isn’t strong enough as compared to the permanent veneers. Do not touch or pull the area where the restoration is done while brushing or flossing your teeth to avoid dislocation. Avoiding sticky as well as chewy and hard food for some days is an absolute must.

Sensitivity and irritation will persist after the temporary as well as permanent restoration of veneers which is completely normal and will subside in a few days. In case of irritation and pain, Advil or Tylenol is recommended and if the pain persists consult your dentist without late. A warm water rinse can also do wonders for the pain and soreness you are experiencing.

When the procedure is done, it is completely normal to feel a little awkward and abnormal however the feeling will soon subside. It will become part of your other teeth in a few days and the awkwardness will go away on its own. Remember to brush and floss regularly like you do normally in your daily routine take proper care of your veneer restoration for satisfactory results and long lasting teeth.

For scaling and planing

Scaling or root planing can leave your teeth as well as gums a little sore, numb and irritated for days. Again a warm water rinse comprising of (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day will be cleansing, comforting for the irritation and soreness and will also relieve the pain. Brush and floss gently so that you don’t irritate the area and you can start cleaning your teeth right after the procedure is done.


In case the pain persists even after a few days then a cold compress or some pain relieving medicine can give you some comfort. Likewise avoid hard, chewy and sticky food for minimum 2-3 days. If the pain persists and the irritation continues then make sure to consult your dentist.

In case of tooth extractions

Tooth extraction surgery patients need ample rest. When you are getting a single or multiple tooth extractions then make sure you have a friend or a family member accompany you for the appointment so that they can drive you home after the surgery because you won’t be able to drive because of the effects of anesthesia.
Bleeding after the surgery at the extraction area is normal, a gauge will be applied by the doctor and it needs to be immediately changed when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues after 24 hours, call your dentist right away. When you return home, please take rest, but do remember to not lie flat as it will increase the bleeding. Pop up your head with a pillow to lessen the bleeding and you can also use an ice pack for some comfort. Apart from that take pain medication. Consult your dentist for cleaning your teeth.

After the surgery stick to soft foods including:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • All types of food that you can eat without chewing

Avoid straws for drinking as the sucking motion can slow the clotting process and loosen the sutures. Avoid smoking also during the healing procedure. If the pain, irritation or the bleeding persists or you feel like the extracted area is not healing then please follow up with your doctor.