Post Op Instructions

Dentures

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • If teeth were extracted on the day your dentures were delivered, the dentures should remain in place (even during sleeping) until your follow-up appointment, usually the day after the denture delivery. The denture acts as a band-aid and will help you stop bleeding and will help you avoid dry sockets.
  • If teeth were not extracted the day of your denture delivery, you should still keep the dentures in your mouth as much as possible. It is also permissible to sleep with the dentures on the day of delivery only.
  • Usually sore spots develop within hours of the denture delivery. These will be adjusted during your follow-up appointment. Leaving the denture in your mouth continuously will make it easier for the dentist to locate the areas that need adjustment.

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Extractions

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • You will bleed for a while after the surgery. Most people stop bleeding within a few hours. However, if you regularly take aspirin, NSAIDs or other medications that thin your blood, your bleeding time will be longer.
  • The area around the extraction site will be sore for a few days. Generally, the pain experienced after an extraction can be well-controlled using over-the-counter pain relievers (Ibuprofen or Tylenol).
  • You may notice a small amount of swelling.

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Fillings

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • Ideally, after a filling, your tooth should feel completely normal.
  • With composite (tooth-colored) fillings, you can resume normal activities as soon as you leave our office.
  • With amalgam (silver) fillings, it takes 24 hours for the filling material to fully set. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the new filling for 24 hours.
  • Occasionally, a tooth with a new filling may be sensitive (especially to cold) after the procedure. Any sensitivity should begin to subside within a few days

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LANAP

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • A surgical pack may be placed during the procedure to help protect the tissues immediately after surgery. Sometimes these packs remain in place for several days; other times they fall off within a day or so of the procedure. Do not be alarmed if the pack comes off–it’s okay.
  • You may experience light bleeding and slight swelling after laser gum surgery. This is normal.

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Root Canal

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • Depending on your symptoms before the root canal, after the procedure your tooth may feel fine or may be sensitive to cold and/or biting pressure. If you experience symptoms after the root canal, expect gradual improvement over several days.
  • You should not experience symptoms of an acute infections. These symptoms include fever, increasing swelling, red and angry-looking gums, and flu-like aches and pains. If you experience these symptoms, contact our office right away.

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Scaling & Root Planing

WHAT TO EXPECT…

  • The areas being treated are completely anethesized during the procedure. You should expect to be numb for a few hours after the procedure. If you eat before all the numbness has gone away, be very careful you do not bite your tongue or cheek.
  • Your gums and teeth may be tender and sensitive for a few days after the procedure.
  • Generally, over-the-counter pain relievers are effective in controlling any discomfort after the procedure.

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