Postoperative Instructions


Crown & Bridge, Crowns, Inlays, or Onlays

  • You will wear temporary restorations until your permanent restoration is made.
  • If your temporary falls off or breaks, save the pieces and call our office. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.
  • Brush gently and floss carefully for the first few days.

Deep Teeth Cleaning

  • Sensitivity to cold and heat will subside.
  • Do not chew or eat until numbness subsides.
  • Brush and floss as usual. Your gums may bleed a bit for a few days.
  • Deep Cleaning Postop

Denture Delivery

  • It is normal to experience some discomfort and speech problems while getting used to your new dentures. New dentures need several adjustments to fit comfortably. To help with speech, read aloud for a few minutes every day. Your mouth will adjust, and your speech will improve.
  • Remove your dentures every night to allow your gums to rest. Keep the denture in container of water or denture cleaner.
  • Thoroughly brush your dentures with water before wearing them.
  • Denture Home Care Instructions

Extractions

  • For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site. If bleeding continues, apply new gauze should and pressure for and 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.
  • Do not use a straw.
  • Do not spit.
  • Do not drink carbonated beverages.
  • Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing.
  • Bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face.
  • Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, milk shakes, fruit juice, and yogurt, for 2-3 days.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.

Fillings

  • For an hour following your visit, do not chew. Wait until numbness subsides before eating. If you had amalgam fillings placed, do not chew for 24 hours.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in 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 off, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Take your prescribed medications as instructed.
  • You should keep your appointment for follow-up with your dentist.
  • 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 you normally would.
  • You may experience loss of sensation at the surgical site, and nearby teeth may feel loose for a while.
  • Do not spit or use a straw the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Periodontal Maintenance

  • Perio Maintenance is “Gum Therapy”
  • It is more than a regular “healthy mouth” cleaning
  • Increased Gum Pockets = Increased need of visits per year (Pocket: gum measurement deep enough that it cannot be effectively cleaned by brushing and flossing alone)
  • Special instruments allow germ removal from deep hard-to-reach areas (pockets)
  • Why every 3 months? Germs resume destroying gums and bone at 90 days
  • Gum disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, uncontrolled sugar levels, low birth weight babies, and inflammation in the entire body.
  • Chewing on teeth with unhealthy gums causes germs to get into your bloodstream (bacteremia)
  • Periodontal Maintenance

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 off, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Take your prescribed medications as instructed.
  • You should keep your appointment for follow-up with your dentist.
  • 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 you normally would.
  • Do not spit or use a straw the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Root Canal Treatment

  • Sensitivity should subside after a few days.
  • Take your prescribed medication as directed.
  • 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 scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.
  • Brush and floss gently.

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Mouth Care After Surgery

Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD MS PA can help dental care patients of every walk of life including special care/geriatric patients dealing with serious medical issues and older patients in need of functional restorative dental care. Looking for a dentist who’s relationship-minded and gets to know every patient thoroughly before beginning treatment planning? Contact us today for an appointment in our Burlington dental office.  We can be reached by email at or by FAX, 336-226-9281. Patients come to us from Graham, Mebane, Elon, Snow Camp, Whitsett, Greensboro, and beyond, to receive general dental care and so much more.  We also serve Alamance, Guilford, Orange, Caswell and Chatham counties.

Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD MS PA can help dental care patients of every walk of life including special care/geriatric patients dealing with serious medical issues and older patients in need of functional restorative dental care. Looking for a dentist who’s relationship-minded and gets to know every patient thoroughly before beginning treatment planning? Contact us today for an appointment in our Burlington dental office.  We can be reached by email at or by FAX, 336-226-9281. Patients come to us from Graham, Mebane, Elon, Snow Camp, Whitsett, Greensboro, and beyond, to receive general dental care and so much more.  We also serve Alamance, Guilford, Orange, Caswell and Chatham counties.

Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD, MS, PA can help dental care patients of every stripe including special needs patients dealing with serious medical issues and older patients in need of restorative dental care. Looking for a dentist who’s relationship-minded and gets to know every patient thoroughly before beginning treatment planning? Contact us today for an appointment in our Burlington dental office. Patients come to us from Graham, Mebane, Elon, and Snow Camp to receive general dental care and so much more.

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