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The decisions you make after a dental procedure greatly impact your recovery time. In order to assist your healthy healing process, we offer aftercare instructions for several different procedures.

Post-Procedure Instructions

The mouth is extremely sensitive, so it requires extra care following an operation. To maximize the results of your procedure, it’s important to take several steps after dental treatment. Following these steps will prevent infection and ease the discomfort you may encounter. If you have any questions about your procedure or are experiencing abnormal bleeding, severe pain, swelling, or a reaction to the medication, please contact us.



Unlike your natural teeth, crowns will not last forever without proper care. At your first visit, a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth. The temporary crown is designed to preserve the tooth until the permanent crown is designed. You will have your temporary crown for 2-3 weeks. During this time, follow these simple rules to keep it safe:

  • Avoid chewy foods, including gums and caramels.
  • Reduce the force of your chewing on the temporary crown.
  • Avoid hard food; it can break your crown.
  • Clean your gums; they may be sore after the treatment.
  • Be careful when flossing: gently slide the floss and do not be forceful.

If your temporary crown breaks, contact us immediately as it will need to be replaced as soon as possible to avoid having the adjacent teeth shift. If a shift occurs, it is possible your new crown will not fit properly and will require an additional procedure.

With a permanent crown, follow the same rules. Avoid sticky foods for 24 hours. After that, return to normal eating. You may experience tenderness and sensitivity for several weeks, but it should quickly disappear.


Clean your dentures every day to keep your smile looking its best. Skipping cleanings will allow plaque to form and reduce its brightness. If you do not clean your dentures regularly, you will experience staining and denture odor.

When cleaning your dentures, apply a denture cleansing paste to a denture brush. If you don’t have a denture brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush the surface thoroughly and soak dentures in a cleanser while sleeping. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a toothbrush to remove plaque and promote circulation.

Dentures will wear over a normal course of time and need to be replaced or relined to keep the jaw alignment normal. Regular dental examinations are important so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

Dental Implants

Successful oral surgery requires keeping the mouth as clean as possible. Follow these guidelines to assure the best results following your dental implants:

  • Avoid brushing the surgical site for a few days. Begin cleaning this area once the tenderness subsides. It would be best if you clean your other teeth as normal beginning the evening of the procedure.
  • Wash your mouth with a cup of hot water and a teaspoon of salt. Do not burn your mouth. Repeat as often as possible.
  • Keep food away from the surgical site. Rinse after eating to keep your mouth clean.
  • Do not smoke until the wound has healed. Smoking limits healing in the mouth.
  • Avoid hot foods for 24 hours.
  • Do not disturb the surgical area with your tongue or fingers.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

Swelling or bruising for 2-3 days after the treatment is normal. Reduce swelling with ice packs. You should not experience extreme pain, although you may be sore. Take ibuprofen or whatever painkiller you normally take for aches.

Some minor bleeding around your stitches is normal. Do not keep checking or changing your gauze. If bleeding persists, please get in touch with us.

Tooth Extraction: Simple or Surgical

The aftercare of tooth extraction is just as critical as the procedure itself. To make the healing process as easy as possible for you or your child:

  • Assure the gauze remains in the mouth for 30 to 45 minutes, or as told by the dentist. A blood clot will form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.
  • Do not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.
  • Limit vigorous exercise for 24 hours to maintain blood pressure and prevent excess bleeding. Avoid running, jumping, and gym classes. Choose reading, homework, computer, or television instead.
  • Be cautious that the tongue is not bitten while the mouth is numb.
  • You may experience pain and swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat soft, nutritious food on the day of the extraction. You can eat without restriction as soon as you are comfortable.
  • Resume a normal dental routine after 24 hours. You should include brushing and flossing at least once a day.

Call our office immediately if you develop heavy bleeding, severe discomfort, continued swelling for 2-3 days or reaction to the medication.

Root Canal

If you have just undergone a root canal, there are several guidelines you should follow to receive the best outcome. Following these recommendations will speed up recovery time:

  • Reduce stress on the tooth under repair by minimizing chewing on the tooth until the procedure is finished and the permanent filling or crown is secured. Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
  • Hygiene is essential at this time. Brush your teeth gently, and be careful when flossing.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments to get the crown placed as soon as possible.
  • The tooth may be sensitive for several days due to natural tissue inflammation. Typically, over-the-counter medications, including ibuprofen or naproxen, can control any discomfort. Often, patients can return to normal activities the next day.

If you have questions or want more information about dental treatment aftercare, don't hesitate to contact our office.

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