Post-op instructions are essential for better healing and recovery after a surgical procedure. We advise our patients not to consume food for at least 2 hours post their surgery to let the anesthesia wear off. Here is a list of post-op instructions:
Root Canal Therapy
It is natural to experience a bit of soreness post a root canal. The patient should avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the procedure was performed. The dentist would prescribe antibiotics in order to treat infections in the mouth.
Crowns and Bridges
As you wear crowns or bridges, make sure to brush and floss regularly to maintain the health and form of your restoration.
White Fillings (Bonding)
Teeth would be sensitive as the anesthesia wears off. The patient should avoid hot and cold food for the next couple of days post the procedure. The patient may continue to follow regular dental hygiene to ensure that the fillings last for long.
Scaling and Root Planing
It may be possible to notice sore gums for a few days post this procedure. The patient would be advised to rinse their mouth with salt water two to three times a day. Doing so would relieve any sort of pain and cleanse the area. The patient may place a cold compress in case of swelling or stiffness.
It is normal to experience a bit of bleeding post of an extraction procedure. A gauze piece is placed at the extraction site in order to stop the bleeding. The patient may approach the dentist if the bleeding continues beyond 24 hours. It would be advised to limit the intake of hard food and opt for a soft diet that includes pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and soups.