Post -Op at Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Dental crowns and dental bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678.

Post Op Crowns & Bridges

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678.

Extraction Post-Op

After Root Canal

Root canal therapy can take 1-2 appointments to complete. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing on the side of the treated tooth until the numbness has completely worn off.

A temporary filling or crown is placed by your dentist to protect the tooth between appointments.

Between appointments, it’s common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling or crown to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, please call our office so it can be replaced.

To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place:

  • Avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum).
  • Avoid biting hard foods and hard substances, such as ice, fingernails and pencils.
  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal therapy appointment, especially when chewing. It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache immediately after receiving root canal therapy. This should subside within a few days (or even weeks). Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days after. The tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended by your dentist. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

If you were not prescribed a pain medication by us but are experiencing pain after your appointment, we recommend taking over the counter pain medication. We recommend ibuprofen (Motrin & Advil). Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with pain medications or should swelling develop, please call our office.

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit. It’s important to continue to brush and floss normally.

Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. Unless otherwise noted by the dentist, it is critical to have a crown placed on your root canal therapy treated tooth as soon as possible.

Delay in obtaining final restoration (crown) may result in fracture and/or possible loss of the tooth.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our dental office eat (408) 252-5678

Root Canal Post Op

Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Park Saratoga Dental Phone Number 408-252-5678.

Composite Fillings Post Op

After SRP (Deep Gum Teeth) Cleaning

  1. You will be numb for a few hours, be careful not to bite your tongue or cheeks.
  2. Avoid spicy and acidic foods. This can cause irritation to the gums.
  3. Gums will be sore for a few days after treatment. This is normal.
  4. If recommended by the hygienist, rinse with medicated mouth rinse that will be purchased from Dr. Ban’s office or a prescription has been provided for you to take to a pharmacy.
  5. Warm salt water rinses will also help with the bleeding and swelling of the gums.

Ratio for Warm Water & Salt Rinse: 1 cup of Warm Water to 1 Teaspoon of Salt

  1. Continue to brush and floss two times a day.

If you have any questions or concerns please call (408)252-5678.

SRP Post-Op

After Surgical Implant 

  • A submergible implant has been placed in your mouth. The implant will remain under the tissue and cannot be seen for a period of 3-6 months depending on your body’s healing properties. A follow-up appointment will be made to examine the implant in 4-5 months
  • For the rest of the day, please keep your head elevated 45 degrees.
  • Perio Rx should be used starting the day after your surgery. Rinse your mouth gently twice a day for 2 weeks.
  • The sutures (stitches) will remain in your mouth for 2 weeks. A separate appointment will be scheduled for the removal of the sutures. The sutures should be kept clean with a toothbrush and Perio Rx.
  • Smoking should be avoided after the surgery because it increases the chance of post-operative infection and lowers the body’s ability to heal.
  • Alcohol should not be consumed for 48 hours after surgery. Avoid very hot liquids as well as over the counter mouth wash as it also contains alcohol.
  • Do not use Water Pik until your implants have been restored at the surgery area.
  • Antibiotics: The appropriate antibiotic has been prescribed for you. It is very important that the prescription be followed. Do not stop taking the antibiotics until all of the tablets are taken. Should you develop hives, itching, skin rash or difficulty in breathing, stop taking the antibiotics immediately and call Dr. Ban.
  • A certain amount of discomfort is normal for all types of surgeries. An appropriate pain medication has been prescribed for you. Please take it according to the instructions when you experience pain.
  • Some swelling is to be expected and is not unusual. In most instances swelling can be prevented or controlled. Apply an ice pack for a period of 20 minutes on and off for the rest of the day. Do not use ice after the first day. If swelling persists the second day, apply moist heat to the area the same way. Use Motrin as directed as long as there is either pain or swelling. In order to get the full anti-inflammatory effect of the Motrin, you must take 4 tablets a day.
  • A small amount of bleeding following the surgery should not alarm you. If the bleeding is excessive, Please call Dr. Ban. Vigorous rinsing of the mouth may increase the bleeding and should be avoided.
  • Please do not use straws during the immediate recovery period as it creates suction in the mouth and tends to open up the surgical wound and cause bleeding.
  • After the surgery, foods should be selected to avoid undue force on the surgery site. In many cases, your normal diet need not be interrupted because food can be chewed on the opposite side of the surgery. In cases of advanced surgery, semi-liquid or soft diet high in nutrition may be needed. Fruit juices, soups, yogurts, oatmeal, instant breakfast, or Ensure are good examples.
  • Flippers or partials should not be used after the surgery. It is recommended that the appliance not be worn for the first 10 days. After the sutures have been removed or dissolved, you may return to normal wear.
  • After the implant is integrated, Dr. Ban will place the healing abutment on the submerged implant. You will be instructed on how to properly care for the healing abutment. After a period of approximately 2 weeks with the healing abutment, you will be ready for the impression phase and final restoration.

Implant Care Post-Op

Implant Maintenance