What To Expect After Dental Procedures
It’s important for your healing process to follow any instructions given to you after you’ve undergone a dental procedure. Dr. Adatia has created a general post-op guide for the most common dental surgeries below. If you’re experiencing symptoms that aren’t covered here or have a dental emergency, please contact our Calgary office immediately at (403) 271-2661.
Root Canal Therapy
After your root canal treatment, refrain from eating for at least two hours or until the anesthesia has completely worn off to prevent injuring your soft tissue. This also allows adequate time for the temporary restorative material to harden. You’ll most likely feel soreness as well as some pressure when you bite down, so be sure to avoid hard and chewy foods during your recovery.
Do not eat on the side of your surgical site for the first 24 hours. You can expect to feel soreness for up to one week after your treatment. Always take any antibiotic medication prescribed by Dr. Adatia as this will eliminate any remaining infection in the tissue.
Please contact our office if you begin to notice any of the following symptoms after your root canal treatment:
- Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth
- A reaction to a medication
- Loss of the temporary filling material
- A tooth fracture
Dental Crowns & Bridges
After you’ve received your dental crown or bridge, you’ll typically be numb for a few hours after the procedure. You should refrain from eating until the numbness wears off to prevent injuring your soft tissue.
It’s common to experience some sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures. For the first few days of your recovery, try to avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It’s normal to feel discomfort in the gums and around the tooth after your anesthetic wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm saltwater.
- Temporary Restorations: Please be careful when cleaning around your temporary restoration. Don’t pull up on the temporary when flossing this area. Make sure to gently floss this area as well as refrain from eating chewy or hard foods. If your temporary crown falls off between appointments, please call our Calgary office so we can reapply it.
- Permanent Restorations: When your final restoration is placed, your bite may feel a little different. This is normal as your mouth adjusts to the new restoration. If it still feels uncomfortable in a few days, please call us for a slight adjustment.
White Fillings (Bonding)
If you received an anesthetic for your white fillings procedure, make sure to wait at least two hours after your procedure to eat to prevent any damage to your soft tissue. You can expect to feel some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, so it’s best to avoid these items for the first few days of your recovery.
You should expect to feel some minor discomfort after your procedure. Over-the-counter medications are recommended to relieve any pain. When it comes to your hygiene care, it’s important to resume normal brushing and flossing. A consistent at-home oral care routine will increase the longevity of your new restoration.
Scaling & Root Planing
After your scaling and root planing procedure, it’s best to rinse your mouth two to three times per day with warm saltwater. The ratio should be one teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of water. You can go back to your normal oral care routine immediately, but be gentle around the treated area.
If you feel any discomfort in the gum tissue where you received treatment, over-the-counter medications can help relieve this feeling. Make sure to refrain from eating any hard or chewy foods for about 48 to 72 hours while the treated area begins to heal. You may experience some jaw stiffness or swelling, which you can ease by using a cold compress.
During the process of receiving your porcelain veneers, you’ll have a temporary set placed on your teeth. These aren’t as strong as your permanent veneers, so be extremely careful when eating and cleaning them. It’s best to avoid any hard or chewy food while you have your temporary restorations.
Once you receive your permanent veneers, it may take a couple of months for you to properly adjust to them. Your bite may feel different, but this should subside within a week. If you experience any pain, swelling, or if one of your veneers falls off, call our Calgary office right away at (403) 271-2661.
When it comes to long-term care for your porcelain veneers, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard if you participate in sports or a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night. Make sure to maintain a proper at-home oral hygiene routine to increase the longevity of your veneers.
It’s normal to experience post-op bleeding for the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction. If slightly heavy bleeding occurs, follow these guidelines:
- Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site.
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. Do not chew on it.
- If bleeding continues, call our Calgary office.
- Do not suck on the area where your surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
When rinsing your mouth following your tooth extraction, do the following:
- Don’t spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of surgery.
- The day after your surgery you can gently rinse with warm water.
- You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery. Be careful of the surgical site.
You should eat and drink liquids and very soft foods for the first 24 to 48 hours following your surgery. When the surgical area starts to feel better, you can gradually switch over to your normal diet. Make sure to be careful of chewing hard foods near the surgical site.
It’s normal to experience some swelling. If this happens, you can place ice on your face for 20 to 30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. We don’t advise icing your face after the first 36 hours have passed. If you feel discomfort, over-the-counter medications should relieve it. Please contact our office if the pain persists.
Contact Dr. Adatia With Any Problems
If you’re experiencing any problems or severe pain following your dental procedure, please contact our Calgary office by calling (403) 271-2661. We’ll make sure to get you in right away so Dr. Adatia can assess any issues you’re having.