Post-Op Instructions

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Although we provide post-op instructions at the time of your appointment, you may find that you forgot something or have a question about your treatment once you get home. Here are a few important things for you to keep in mind after particular types of procedures:

Deep Cleanings

Rinse with warm salt water every hour as needed to reduce inflammation. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may be needed during the first day after your procedure.

Crowns and Fillings

Some teeth may be sensitive or sore after their treatments. Ibuprofen and a warm compress can help alleviate discomfort.

Whitening

Hypersensitivity may be noticeable after whitening. To discourage this, use sensitivity toothpaste or a fluoride rinse at least once a day.

Smiling dentistExtractions

Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, carbonated beverages or hard foods for the first 2-3 days after your extraction. Otherwise, a dry socket may develop. Keep gauze against the extraction site, changing it out regularly until bleeding stops. A tea bag can also be used as a compress to encourage blood clotting.

Root Canals

After your root canal therapy, you may experience some soreness from the injection site or from having your mouth open for a longer period of time. Apply a warm compress to the side of the face and take ibuprofen as needed.

Questions or concerns? Call us anytime.