Post-Op Instructions

After Extractions :

  • Rinsing - Beginning tomorrow, gently rinse mouth every 3-4 hours (and after meals) by mixing one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinse schedule for several days.
  • Bleeding - Bleeding is to be expected following some extractions. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad over the area and bite down firmly for 1/2 hour. If necessary, repeat with a clean gauze pad.
  • Pain - Use any non-aspirin type of medication for discomfort
  • Swelling - Wrap bagged or chopped ice in a towel and apply to the operated area for 1/2 hour on and 1/2 hour off for 4-5 hours.
  • Food - For the first 24 hours, a light diet is recommended.
  • Bone Fragments - During the healing process, bony fragments may work up through the gums. These are not roots. Return to the office for their simple removal if they become bothersome.
  • Take any medications as prescribed
  • Call our office immediately if any unusual symptoms occur.

After Root Canal Therapy :

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Do not chew or bite on a treated tooth until you have it permanently restored with a filling or crown.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, please contact us.
  • Take any medications as prescribed.
  • Contact us right away if you develop any of the following: 1) a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth, 2) an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives, and itching, 3) a return of your original symptoms, or 4) your bite feels uneven.

Westminster Dentist | Post-Op Instructions.  Lyndsay Kuzmak DDS are Westminster Dentists.