Silver Fillings

  • Eat a softer diet for the next 24 hrs.
  • Chew food on the opposite side of where dental work was completed
  • Brush and Floss the area as usual.
  • Call our office if you have any concerns or questions.

Tooth-Colored Restoration

  • No restrictions on diet.
  • Brush and Floss the area as usual.
  • Call our office if you have any concerns or questions.

Temporary Crowns

  • Chew normal foods, but avoid sticky items like caramels, tootsie rolls, gum, etc.
  • Gum tissue may be sensitive around the temporary, so brush around the area gently. You may want to rinse and swish with warm salt water to help heal the area.
  • If the temporary does come off for any reason, please call and we will re-cement it back on, or make a new one if it is lost.
  • If the temporary crown falls off over the weekend, adding a dab of toothpaste to the inside of the crown and placing it back on the tooth (apply pressure for 5 minutes), should help you get by until being seen.
  • Call our office if you have any concerns or questions.

Permanent Crown

  • Brush and floss as usual.
  • No restrictions on eating and chewing.
  • Call our office if you have any concerns or questions.

Root Canal Treatment

  • Protect the tooth as soon as possible after the root canal with a crown, so the tooth doesn’t fracture and the tooth is lost.
  • Eat a softer diet for the next 24 hrs. A Root canal treated tooth is weaker and more brittle due to the large damage to the tooth and treatment, and it should not be used to chew strongly on until it has a crown.
  • Expect tenderness/soreness for 24 to 48 hours during initial healing.
  • Brush and floss as usual.
  • Call our office if you have any pain concerns or questions.

Care of the Mouth After Extraction

  • Bleeding: Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. Put constant, firm pressure on the gauze in your mouth by biting on it for one hour. If bleeding is persistent, place a new, slightly moistened gauze pad over the area and bite down firmly for an additional half hour.
  • Absolutely no smoking or alcohol consumption for 24 hours post-operative. These actions can dislodge the clot, leading to continued bleeding and other complications.
  • Do not spit or suck through a straw.
  • Dry socket is localized inflammation of the tooth socket due to loss of the blood clot. This can happen 3-5 days post-extraction and will cause increased pain and discomfort.
  • Brush and floss with care around extraction area.
  • Do not rinse your mouth today. 24 hours after the extraction, gently rinse with warm salt water, using one teaspoon of salt in a half glass of very warm water. Be careful not to swish vigorously.
  • Food: Soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
  • No exercise or heavy lifting. Resting is best post-operative. Elevate head when lying down.
  • Swelling: If swelling becomes evident, place ice wrapped in a towel on the affected facial area for 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off.
  • Pain: For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication that you prefer. If your dentist prescribed pain medication, use as directed. If pain becomes intolerable, please call the office. 
  • Please contact the office if you experience
    • Swelling that increases more than 3 days post-operative
    • Fever beyond 101 degrees
    • Pain that increases and is extreme 3-5 days post-operative

The proper care following surgical procedures will improve recovery and prevent complications.