After-care Instructions for Strong Recovery
Diligent and proper care following any dental treatment or procedure is critical to optimizing the procedure and your overall wellness.
At Dr. Agatha Bis Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, you will always receive detailed after-care instructions following your procedure.
If after any service or procedure you have questions, experience swelling or feel pain beyond the expected, call our office 905-338-6684.
For easy reference, we’ve listed post-care instructions for some of our more common procedures below.
- Place pressure on the gauze pad that has been put over the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressure applied for another 45 minutes.
- If you are supervising children who have had an extraction done, make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
- Eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction
- Rinsing your mouth
- Using a straw for drinking
- Carbonated beverages
- Brushing your teeth — you can gently resume your brushing and flossing the day after your procedure
- You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or swelling, especially after extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. Use an ice bag and take the medication prescribed to help minimize discomfort.
- A diet of soft food and liquids is recommended (soup, yogurt, milkshakes and juice) for 2-3 days after surgery.
- Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. In case of serious emergencies call 911.
- Do not eat on your new filling for at least one hour and not until your numbness is gone.
- If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue as it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue.
- You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and some gum soreness; this usually subsides within a few days.
- Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the fillings, or if you have any questions.
- You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your teeth.
- Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.
- Brushing and flossing around braces is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very important.
If after any service or procedure you have questions, experience swelling or feel pain beyond the expected, call our office.
Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth or teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth or teeth.
- You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth, which should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s).
- Whenever anesthesia is used, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off.
- A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material or soft metal and can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may also come off. If it does, save the crown and call our office as soon as possible.
- To avoid losing your temporary crown, do not chew on sticky or hard food (chewing gum, ice). Try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth – away from the temporary crown.
- Continue your normal brushing but be careful while flossing around the temporary crown. If it is difficult to get the floss between the temporary and surrounding teeth, refrain from flossing until you receive the permanent crown.
- After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. If after 2 to 3 days the bite still feels uneven, or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
The healing process may take several days but you should notice a gradual reduction in the level of pain. From onset you may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth.
- Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to the instructions.
- Do not bite on the tooth for one hour, more if you are still numb.
- A temporary filling is placed on your tooth. Until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
- Continue to brush and floss, gently.
- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling.
Continue your regular brushing and flossing.
If you received anesthesia, do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.
Brushing and flossing around braces is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very important. Practice makes perfect.