Post-Op Instructions

After Extractions

  • Change your gauze every 30 minutes until any bleeding has stopped.
  • Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face for the first 6-8 hours.  Leave it on 15 minutes then off for 15 minutes.
  • 24 hours after surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. of salt to a glass of warm water).  Repeat this several times daily.
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.
  • Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort.  If medication has been prescribed, take as needed.
  • A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.  Drink lots of fluids.
  • No smoking, drinking out of a straw, or carbonated beverages for the first 48 hours.
  • Return to the office if undue symptoms develop.

Tooth Colored Fillings

  • Your cheek, tongue, or lips may be numb for several hours.  Be careful not to chew or bite them.  Avoid hot foods while numb.
  • You may have some temperature sensitivity for a couple of weeks; this is normal.  If the sensitivity continues longer than a few weeks, please call the office.
  • Take Tylenol or Motrin for any discomfort.
  • Let us know if your bite feels different when the numbness is gone.
  • Whiteness of your gum tissue will go away with time.
  • Remember that any time a tooth gets worked on there is a chance that the tooth may need a root canal.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.