Information and Advice After a Surgical Procedure

Post Dental Procedure Instruction

To ensure proper healing and avoid complications, it is important to follow instructions after your oral surgery. You should wait for two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat immediately after your oral surgery can damage soft tissues. 

Your dental surgeon or dental assistant will provide you with complete instructions on how to properly recover from surgery. Here’s a list of aftercare instructions for various dental procedures. 

Care After a Crown Procedure

  • Try to avoid using side of mouth with the crown
  • Avoid chewy and sticky Foods like chewing gum, caramel etc. These foods can stick to crown and pull it out
  • While cleaning your mouth, be careful
  • You might find your gum tissue sensitive to some kind of food. To get relief, rinse your mouth with warm water and salt
  • Do not bite your crown for a few hours. Allow it to set so that the cement can harden to it’s full strength
  • If you find your crown is loose or sense soreness in your mouth, contact your dentist

Care After an Extraction

Care of mouth after an extraction is extremely important for fast healing and reducing the pain. 

Type of food to eat: After the extraction avoid solid food and take only soft food for a few days. Avoid drinking alcohol, hot drinks, drinking from a straw, smoking, or flossing vigorously.

Bleeding and its care: Little bleeding post extraction is normal. To control it, you need to bite on a gauze placed by your dentist. If you're bleeding excessively, bite on regular tea bag as the tannic acid present in tea bags help in controlling bleeding. Bite on a gauze or tea bag till the bleeding stops.

Swelling and its care: Wrap ice in a towel and keep it on the cheek near the extraction site. Continue it periodically till swelling reduces.

Rest well: Post extraction, you need to rest well and sleep with your head in an elevated position.

You need to brush your teeth gently and keep the extracted area clean. If you experience extreme bleeding, swelling, fever or pain, you should consult your dentist immediately.

Care After Root Canal Therapy

During root canal therapy, your dentist will remove pulp from the center of the decayed tooth and fill the pulp cavity. Once the anesthesia wears off, you might feel throbbing pain. So, aftercare is important to reduce the pain and heal faster.
  • Do not eat anything for a few hours post root canal therapy
  • Medication is very critical, hence take prescribed medicine by your dentist on time
  • Give filling time to set and become hard, do not touch tooth with filling unnecessarily in the mean time
  • Brush and floss gently
  • Do not chew or eat hard
  • Soreness in the mouth around treated area is expected, but if you are experiencing prolonged pain and soreness beyond a week, kindly call your dentist

Care After Scaling and Root Planing

Experiencing soreness and pain after scaling and root planing is normal. If you take proper medication and care, the time of healing and pain will be reduced to a great extent. 
  • Brush your teeth gently as gum tissues might be tender
  • Rinse your mouth with saline or antimicrobial for a week
  • Avoid chewing hard food such as non-vegetarian food or raw fruits and vegetables
  • For tooth sensitivity, use a desensitizing toothpaste which consists potassium nitrite

Care After Teeth Whitening

Improve your smile and color of your teeth with our teeth whitening services. However, after teeth whitening procedure, care is needed to maintain the shine and whiteness of your teeth. Follow the steps listed below to maintain your sparkling, white and beautiful teeth. 
  • Brush twice a day with toothpaste which has whitening property
  • Beverages like tea or coffee can stain and turn your teeth yellowish. Use straw while drinking such decolorizing liquid
  • Floss your mouth after taking your meals and snacks
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