Post-Operative Care

Putney Dental Surgery on Charles (behind florist)

Following Extraction

  • Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been put over the extraction site for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressure applied for another 20 minutes.
  • If you are supervising children who have had an extraction make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction. Also, do not rinse your as this may dislodge the blood clot which is important in the healing process. Do not brush over the area of extraction on the day of the surgery; you can gently brush the day after.
  • If you experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or some swelling, especially after extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. Ice pack application and medication prescribed for you will help to minimize your discomfort.
  • You may take Nurofen, Paracetamol prior to the anaesthetic wearing off to minimise discomfort. The above pain killers may be used every four hours for the next 24 hours.

DO NOT take Aspirin or aspirin based medication unless prescribed by your doctor.

Please take all the medication you have received based on the provided instructions as well as the medications prescribed by your doctor.

  • During the first 2-3 days after wisdom tooth surgery a diet of soft food and liquids is recommended (soup, yogurt, milkshakes and juice).
  • On the day following the extraction start rinsing 3-4 times a day with warm salt water (mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) and rinse especially after meals to keep the area clean and free of food debris.
  • DO NOT smoke or consume alcohol for the next 48 hours. This will minimise the risk of post-operative complications such as a dry socket or infection.
  • Call the surgery if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns.[/expand]

Following Fillings

  • Avoid eating on your new filling for one hour and until your numbness is gone and ensure that children who have just had fillings done, don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  • You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and some gum soreness; this usually subsides within a few days.
  • If you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the fillings, or if you have any questions please call the surgery[/expand]

 Following Crowns and Bridges

  • While you are still numb from the anaesthetic, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
  • A temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth following the first appointment when the teeth are prepared. This may cause some sensitivity and soreness for a few days
  • A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may easily come off; if it does, save the crown and call us. 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. To avoid losing your temporary, do not chew on sticky or hard food (chewing gum, ice). Try to chew on the opposite side of the temporary as much as possible.
  • Continue your normal brushing but avoid flossing around the temporaries.
  • After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days and the way you bite may feel different for a day or two. But if after 2-3 days the bite still feels uneven or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call to arrange an appointment for adjustment. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.[/expand]

Following Root Canal Treatment

  • You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth and some gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
  • Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • A temporary filling may have been placed on your tooth; do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Avoid chewing on the side that is being worked on
  • Continue your brushing and flossing routine
  • Once the root canal treatment is completed it is very important to follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration; unnecessary delay in placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Call the surgery if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions

 Following Teeth Cleaning (Deep Scaling)

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

Following Denture

  • 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. It is likened to wearing new shoes where they might bite and feel uncomfortable.
  • You should take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container of water or denture cleaning solution. Your gums need to rest and be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
  • Clean dentures thoroughly with a brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  • It may be difficult to talk normally with the new dentures for a few days. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new dentures and you will talk normally very soon.
  • Call us if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or if you have any questions.

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