Post-Operative Instructions

Post Operative Instructions for Composite Restorations

  1. Sensitivity of treated tooth is usually most noticeable in the first 12-24 hours but can last longer.
  2. Sensitivity, especially to cold temperatures is common for a few days following a composite filling. Usually deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth maybe.
  3. The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. If anaesthesia was administered, the injection site would also be sore for the same duration.
  4.  The filling is fully set and you are set to eat as you usually would when you leave the office. If anaesthesia was administered please be careful while eating until it wears off so you don’t bite your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
  5. In Children, when fillings are done under anaesthesia, they should be closely observed until it wears off. Due to the strange numb feeling, many children tend to chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  6. The finished restoration may be contoured slightly and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.
  7. If after a week or two, you feel your teeth do not touch correctly please call you Clinical Coordinator. This problem can be solved with a quick adjustment to the filling.
  8. Proper brushing and flossing is recommended to help your fillings last for a longer time. Having your teeth cleaned every six months and an examination with x-rays will help prolong the life of your fillings.
  9. In case of any concerns or queries, please call or text us.

Postoperative Instructions for Crowns and Bridges

  1. If anaesthesia was administered, do not eat or chew on the side of the mouth that was worked on, for at least 2 hours or until the numbness wears off. 
  2. Do not smoke until the anaesthesia has worn off to prevent injury from accidentally biting or burning your oral structures. 
  3. It is normal to have soreness on the treated tooth, the surrounding gum, the injection sites or the jaw joint for the first 24-48 hours post-treatment. A warm salt water rinse can help soothe your tender gums instantly.
  4. Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common post-treatment. For the first few days, avoid extremely hot or cold food and beverages.

TEMPORARY CROWNS

  1. The temporary crown/bridge has been placed until the fabrication and placement of your permanent crowns. 
  2. It is cemented with a temporary material that is designed to come off easily. Hence, avoid chewing hard, sticky foods such as gum, taffy, sticky candy, etc. 
  3. Use your toothbrush to clean the temporary crown as you normally do with your natural teeth. However, when flossing, it is best to pull the floss through the contact rather than lift up and down, to prevent loosening and accidental dislodging of the temporary crowns.
  4. If your temporary crown comes off between appointments, please call or text us.

PERMANENT CROWN OR BRIDGE CEMENTATION

  1. After the cementation of your permanent crowns, it may take a few days for you to get used to the new material in your mouth.
  2.  If your bite feels unbalanced or high, please call  or text us for an appointment to have it adjusted. 
  3. Do not chew on ice cubes or hard foods. It is deleterious to bite on hard objects like sticks, pens etc. 
  4. You may use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste with fluoride if thermal sensitivity occurs. 
  5. Regular brushing and flossing is necessary to maintain your crowns and the tooth underneath in pristine condition.
  6. Follow the methods and home care aids advised by your dental specialist to clean the bridge area. 
  7. Routine home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restorations.
  8. It is important for you to see your dentist periodically for check-ups, to maintain good oral health.
  9. In case of any concerns or queries, please call or text us. 

Post Operative Instructions After Extraction of Teeth

  1. Avoid Spitting & Rinsing your mouth for the next 24 hours. Do not use a straw. Any negative pressure in your oral cavity can disrupt the healing process.
  2. Do not smoke. 
  3. Hold the cotton (placed in the mouth after extraction) for ½ an hour biting securely onto the extracted site. Compression allows clotting (bleeding to stop)
  4. Take any prescribed pain killer immediately within ½ an hour of extraction (inflammatory activity won’t subside if the first pain killer isn’t taken on time )
  5. If an antibiotic is prescribed please follow the treating doctor’s instructions
  6.  Eat only soft foods and avoid hard, spicy and hot foods, hot beverages, carbonated drinks and alcohol for 24 hours following the procedure (roti and chapattis after 48 hours) 
  7. Since anaesthesia has been administered you may continue to feel numbness for a few hours. This will slowly wear off. 
  8. If your child has undergone an extraction, he/she should be closely observed until the anaesthesia wears off. Due to the strange numb feeling, many children tend to chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  9. Cold compression may be performed for 3 days ( first day every ½ an hour to one hour ) followed by warm compression on the 4th and 5th day. This will additionally bring down any swelling that may have occurred
  10. Some amount of bruising, swelling and mild discomfort is normal. Especially following wisdom teeth extractions. 
  11. You can continue to brush and floss your teeth while avoiding the healing socket area. Rinse your mouth gently.
  12. Sutures if placed will dissolve after 7 to 10 days. 
  13. We expect your recovery period to be as uneventful as possible. If a question or concern arises regarding treatment or medication, please contact us.

Maintenance Instructions for Implants

  1. After the cementation of your permanent crown, it may take a few days for you to get used to the new material in your mouth.
  2.  If your bite feels unbalanced or high, please call your Clinical Coordinator for an appointment to have it adjusted. 
  3. Do not chew on ice cubes or hard foods. It is deleterious to bite on hard objects like sticks, pens. 
  4. An implant brush can be used to clean around the Implant-supported tooth. Regular brushing and flossing is necessary to maintain your crown in pristine condition.
  5. Follow the methods and home care aids advised by your dental specialist to clean the bridge area incases of implant bridges 
  6. It is important for you to see your dentist periodically for check-ups, to maintain good oral health.
  7. Chewy, sticky foods may cause the crown to dislodge. Please call or text us to have this re-cemented.
  8. In case of any concerns or queries, please contact us. 

Post Operative Instructions for Root Canal Treatment

  1. Till the anaesthesia wears of please avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may not feel the heat and may injure yourself
  2. If your child has undergone a root canal treatment, he/she should be closely observed until the anaesthesia wears off. Due to the strange numb feeling, many children tend to chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  3. You may experience some discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere between 7-10 days and is normal.
  4. Take medication on time as directed by your specialist
  5. After the root canal therapy has been completed, it is advised to return to us for a crown placement.
  6. Avoid extremely hard foods as they may damage the root canal treated tooth which tends to be brittle.
  7. In case of any concerns, please call or text us.