Post Op Instructions

Have you recently undergone a procedure and need to review some postoperative instructions? Here are our recommendations on how to best care for your teeth after your procedure:

Crowns, Bridges, Inlays, Onlays

  • Until your permanent restoration is ready, you will wear a temporary one.
  • If your temporary falls out or breaks, save the pieces and call our office. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or gums. Children should be watched especially carefully to make certain they don’t do this, as it results in soft tissue damage and pain.
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold, as well as soreness, should go away within a few days.
  • Be certain to brush and floss carefully for the first few days.

Deep Teeth Cleaning

  • Sensitivity to heat and cold will subside within a day or so.
  • Do not eat or chew until numbness has worn off.
  • Brush and floss as usual. Your gums may bleed a bit for a few days.

Denture Delivery

  • While getting used to your new dentures, it’s normal to experience some discomfort and speech problems. New dentures normally need several adjustments to fit comfortably. To help with speech, try reading aloud for a few minutes a day. Your mouth will eventually adjust, and your speech will improve.
  • Remove your dentures every night to let your mouth rest. Keep them overnight in a container of water or denture cleaner.
  • Thoroughly brush your dentures with water before wearing them.

Extractions

  • For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on a gauze pad over the extraction site. If bleeding continues, apply new gauze and pressure for an additional 45 minutes.
  • After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 10 minutes. Remove for 5 minutes. Repeat.
  • Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery.
  • Do not rinse your mouth, use a straw, spit, or drink carbonated beverages.
  • Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery, then resume gentle brushing and flossing.
  • Bruising, swelling, and pain are all normal, particularly after a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face.
  • Plan to eat soft foods, such as soup, milk shakes, fruit juice, and yogurt for two or three days.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or gums. Children should be watched especially carefully to make certain they don’t do this, as it results in soft tissue damage and pain.

Fillings

  • For an hour following your visit, do not chew. Wait until numbness wears off before eating. If you had amalgam fillings placed, do not chew for 24 hours.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or gums. Children should be watched especially carefully to make certain they don’t do this, as it results in soft tissue damage and pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.

Gum Surgery

  • Pain, swelling, and bleeding is normal following gum surgery. A cold compress should be placed on your face near the surgical site for 10 minutes at a time, with 5 minutes break in between, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Take your prescribed medications as instructed.
  • Don’t miss your follow-up appointment!
  • Do not raise your lips and probe the area with your fingers.
  • Do not brush your teeth near the sutures. However, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth as usual.
  • You may experience loss of sensation at the surgical site, and nearby teeth might feel loose for a little while.
  • Do not spit or use a straw on the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Implant Surgery

  • Pain, swelling, and bleeding is normal following oral surgery. A cold compress should be placed on your face near the surgical site for 10 minutes at a time, with 5 minutes break in between, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Take your prescribed medications as instructed.
  • Don’t miss your follow-up appointment!
  • Do not raise your lips and probe the area with your fingers.
  • Do not brush your teeth near the sutures. However, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth as usual.
  • Do not spit or use a straw on the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Root Canal

  • Sensitivity should subside after a few days.
  • Take your prescribed medication as instructed.
  • Because a temporary filling is on the tooth, do not bite hard for one hour after your appointment. Once the permanent filling is in place, chew carefully on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or gums. Children should be watched especially carefully to make certain they don’t do this, as it results in soft tissue damage and pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.
  • Brush and floss gently.

Have a question? Check through our list of Frequently Asked Questions!

Are regular checkups really that important?

Absolutely! Your checkup gives the dentist a chance to perform an examination of each tooth, assess how your current dental work is holding up, check for gum disease and oral cancer, and how your top and bottom teeth fit together. Finding problems early is essential, as it allows you to have the most conservative treatment in order to restore the health and function of your smile. The longer you wait to have a procedure done, the worse it’s going to be! Regular checkups also include a professional cleaning, so that plaque, tartar, and bacteria are cleaned away before they cause decay and inflammation. Make your oral healthcare a priority! Call us at (757) 220-6727 to schedule an appointment.

My child knocked out a baby tooth. Do we really need to see the dentist?

Yes! Baby teeth serve many important functions, just like adult teeth. Many people think that, because baby teeth eventually fall out, there’s no need to go to the dentist if one is knocked out or injured. However, if the tooth is lost before it’s ready to naturally fall out, remaining teeth can shift and alter the paths for the permanent teeth to erupt. Simple options like a space maintainer can prevent future issues as your child’s teeth continue to develop. If your child gets a baby tooth knocked out, contact our Williamsburg office right away.

I need to replace a missing tooth. What are my options?

Dr. Contract offers the most natural tooth replacement available today - dental implants. An implant replaces both the root and the crown of a tooth, giving you a long-lasting tooth replacement that looks and feels completely natural. Don’t ignore missing teeth; even one can wreak havoc on your oral health. Call today to schedule an implant dentistry consultation.

When should I bring my child in for his/her very first dental visit?

We recommend bringing your child in when they reach age 3. However, feel free to bring your child to one of your own appointments to get used to our office and team. It’s never too early to teach kids that caring for their teeth is an important responsibility - but one that can be fun, too!

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