Close

Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

Post-Op Instructions

SmileIt is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect some soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area. You may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call Dr. Heinicke immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take over the counter pain medications if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth soon. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off, your teeth may be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period your treated teeth should not have sensitivity. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this procedure your gums may be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve any pain and clean the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the procedure to ensure the area heals correctly.

Veneers

Before you receive your permanent veneer you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help. An over the counter pain medicine can help if you are having any pain

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth soon. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let Dr. Heinicke know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions

After your surgery you will need to rest. It is normal for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after surgery. Gauze and an ice pack will be applied at the completion of the extraction. We will prescribe you pain medication so you can remail pain-free while healing at home. Wet might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • …and other food you can eat without chewing.

When drinking, make sure you DO NOT use a straw or smoke. The sucking motion can disrupt your healing and cause a “dry socket”. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call us for a follow up appointment to ensure healing is progressing as expected.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Pembroke Pines, FL. We make beautiful smiles a reality. Quality dental care provided by Dentist Steven D Heinicke and staff at our beautiful FL office. Providing a wide array of dental procedures including Welcome, Dental Implants, Invisable Braces, Bonding/White Fillings, Veneers, ZOOM! Whitening, Teeth Whitening, Crowns, Bridges, Dentures/Partial Dentures, Hygiene/Periodontal Health, Extractions, Root Canal (Endodontics), Inlays/Onlays, Crown Lengthening, Bone Grafting, Post Op Instructions, Cosmetic Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Dental Implants, Toothache and many other services. All of this available in our convenient Dentist office in Pembroke Pines, FL.