Post Op Instructions

Fillings:

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness wears off.
  • Do not drink anything hot. Anything cold can be drank through a straw.
  • Gum irritation is normal after a filling. Rinsing with warm salt water will help healing.
  • Soreness at injection site is normal.
  • Sensitivity is normal, but in the event of prolonged pain or sensitivity, please contact our office.

Crowns/Bridges:

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness wears off.
  • Do not drink anything hot. Anything cold can be drank through a straw.
  • Gum irritation is normal. Rinsing with warm salt water rinses will help healing.
  • Soreness at injection site is normal.
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure are normal while you have a temporary.
  • Please contact the office is prolonged sensitivity or pain occurs; you may need a bite adjustment.
  • Do not eat anything sticky that could remove your temporary.
  • Please brush your temporary as you would a normal tooth, but when flossing, pull the floss out the side of the tooth to prevent removing the temporary.
  • Temporaries can break or come off. Please contact our office promptly if this occurs.

Scaling/Root Planing (Deep Cleaning):

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness wears off
  • Do not drink anything hot. Anything cold can be drank through a straw
  • Soreness at the injection site is common
  • Gum irritation is likely to happen. Warm salt water rinses will help healing
  • Take over the counter pain medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aleve)
  • Dr. Ferrage recommends alternation between 1 dose of extra strength Tylenol and 600mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Sensitivity may arise (even weeks after the procedure). This is normal. Use desensitizing toothpaste, like sensodyne to help. Dr. Ferrage has a medication he can apply for a small fee.
  • Follow oral hygiene instructions provided to you by Dr. Ferrage or the hygienist
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office

Root Canal Therapy:

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness wears off
  • Do not drink anything hot. Anything cold can be drank through a straw
  • Soreness at the injection site is common
  • Gum irritation is likely to happen. Warm salt water rinses will help healing.
  • You may want to take over the counter anti-inflammatory medications before your prescription is ready (Ibuprofen or Aleve). You can continue taking these medications for several days after your procedure to manage any soreness.
  • Biting sensitivity is normal as the ligaments will be irritated
  • If a crown is needed following your root canal, we recommend getting it prepared no earlier than two weeks and no later than two months. Waiting too long to crown a root canal treated tooth can jeopardize the long-term success of the procedure.
  • You will likely be given an antibiotic and MUST take the ENTIRE prescription. If you have a reaction, stop immediately, take Benadryl, and call us immediately. Antibiotics can alter the effectiveness of oral contraceptives in women.
  • If pain persists or increases after the first couple days please call our office.

Extractions:

DO NOT DISTURB THE AREA!

  • For the next few days, especially the next 24 hours, do not disturb the area. Formation of a healthy blood clot is key to healing.
  • Do not brush your teeth until the following morning, and be very gentle while brushing near the extraction site

BLEEDING:

  • When you leave your appointment, you will be biting on gauze pads. Stay biting on the gauze pads for 2-3 hours changing them every 30 minutes UNTIL BLEEDING STOPS.
  • If bleeding persists, biting on a wet teabag for 20 minutes will help stop bleeding

SMOKING:

  • Do NOT smoke for at least 5-7 days.
  • Smoking will slow healing and increases your chance of developing a dry socket

RINSING:

  • Do NOT rinse with any mouthwash containing alcohol (Listerine, Scope)
  • We recommend that your rise with warm salt water beginning the day after your procedure.
  • Do not rinse too rigorously.
  • Rinsing after meals will help remove debris from the socket

EATING:

  • Eat SOFT foods for at least the first 2-3 days following your procedure. We recommend eating foods that can be cut easily with the side of a fork
  • Do NOT eat anything with sharp edges that can irritate the site
  • Do NOT drink through a straw. This will cause a dry socket
  • Avoid foods with seeds that can become lodged in the site
  • Avoid spicy foods. They can irritate the site
  • Avoid carbonated beverages

ACTIVITY:

  • Take it easy
  • No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for at least 5 days
  • No running. Heavy breathing from running can cause dry socket.

PAIN/SWELLING:

  • You will likely have some pain/soreness following an extraction. Pain and swelling vary amongst individuals
  • Bruising and swelling can occur on the face, especially if you take blood thinners. This is normal yet important to monitor.
  • Apply ice packs (or bags of frozen peas) to your face near the site. It will help with any pain or swelling
  • You will likely be given a prescription for pain medicine
  • We recommend taking prescriptions with food as directed on the label
  • Avoid driving and operating heavy machinery/tools while taking prescription medicine
  • Avoid alcohol while taking prescription medication

ANTIBIOTICS:

  • If you were given an antibiotic, you MUST take the ENTIRE prescription
  • If you have a reaction (rash/hives), please stop taking the medication, take Benadryl, and call us immediately
  • Antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives in women. Please look into alternate birth control means or call your doctor/pharmacist with any questions

SINUS:

  • As described in the informed consent, your sinus can be involved during the procedure
  • IF this occurs, take over the counter sinus medications (Zyrtec, Claritin)
  • Do NOT blow your nose for at least 1 week, but preferably longer
  • Do NOT smoke. This will drastically affect healing

WHEN TO CALL THE OFFICE:

  • Excessive pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Excessive bruising/swelling
  • Fever
  • Reactions to any medications prescribed

 

Following these instructions will help promote healthy healing and improve patient comfort after a procedure. Not following these instructions can lead to pain (dry socket), affect healing, and alter the success of the procedure. We recommend following these instructions closely. Please call us with any questions.

 

Metairie Cosmetic Dentist