After Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants are an extremely effective way to replace missing teeth. After your dental implant surgery, remember to take it easy and rest for 48-72 hours. Resting helps your body heal and reduces the amount of bleeding that may occur. During this time, remember to drink plenty of fluids but to stay away from drinks that are very cold.

To help increase your comfort, you may want to apply an ice pack to your face for the two days following the surgery. Only apply the ice pack in 20 minute intervals. If your procedure included upper arch implants, avoid blowing your nose for about two weeks. Slight bleeding is not uncommon the two days following your surgery.

While you may experience some discomfort for the first two days after your surgery, you will generally feel better on the third. You may notice that your body increases by one or two degrees in temperature, but that is expected. In addition, you can eat when you’re hungry, but do not chew directly on the area of the bone graft.

After Impacted Tooth Removal

When a tooth is impacted, it means that there is not enough room in an arch to accommodate the growth of the tooth. When impacted teeth are removed, it is not uncommon to expect some pain or swelling. To help reduce the swelling, you can apply cold compresses to the cheek. We will also prescribe pain medication to help alleviate your pain. Remember to take the prescription as director. Try to avoid eating near the extraction area and modify your diet for the few days following your surgery in order to encourage healing.

After Root Canal Therapy

For the few days following your root canal procedure, you may experience some soreness. Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the treated tooth is located so that the area does not become irritated. This also ensures that the temporary restorative material on the tooth sets properly. We may prescribe an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in the mouth or tooth. Please remember to take the medication as prescribed. If you experience increasing tenderness or pain, have an adverse reaction to the medication, or if your temporary restoration (filling) falls out, please call our office.

After Scaling and Root Planing

After the scaling and root planing procedure, your gums will probably be irritated and/or slightly sore for several days. To help relieve the pain and cleanse the treated area, rinse your mouth in a mixture of warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water) two or three times a day. When you brush and floss, remember to do so gently to avoid irritating the area further.

For swelling or stiffness in the treated area, place a cold cloth or compress on the area in addition to taking pain-relieving medication. During the two or three days following your procedure, avoid eating chewy or hard food to encourage proper healing. If swelling or pain persists after several days, contact us. 

After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Following the removal of your wisdom teeth, we will place a gauze pad over the extraction site. Before removing this pad, bite down on it for about 30 minutes. If the affected area is still bleeding, simply place a new gauze pad on the site until the bleeding stops. Do not drink from a straw or rinse your mouth as doing so may dislodge the blood clot.

The day of your surgery, remember to take it easy. You can continue on with your normal activities starting tomorrow. We may prescribe pain medication to help reduce your discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off. Take this medication as prescribed

Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

While your permanent crown, veneer, or bridge is being milled, you will wear a temporary restoration. The temporary restoration is not as durable as the permanent crown or bridge that you will soon receive, so remember to take care when you eat and clean your teeth. Brush the area gently and avoid pulling up on the tooth when flossing. When eating, avoid chewy or sticky foods while the temporary restoration is in.

It is not uncommon to experience irritation or sensitivity once the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. Once the soft tissue heals, this should subside. To help, try washing with a warm salt water rinse. If the pain persists, you can also take Tylenol or Advil.

After the permanent crown, bridge, or veneer is placed, it may take a few days for your mouth to adjust to the new tooth. Your restoration should feel completely natural in less than a week. Should you experience any movement with the bite, or if your bite feels just a little “off,” please let our dentist know.

Remember that caring for a bridge, crown, or veneer is no different than caring for your own teeth. Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, including daily brushing and flossing, is essential to your oral health and the longevity of your permanent restoration.

Extractions and Multiple Tooth Extractions

Removing (extracting) one or more teeth is a  procedure that involves preparing the jawbone to prepare for dentures. Within two days following the procedure, you may experience swelling inside the mouth and possibly near the eye. The area immediately around your eye may experience some discoloration, but applying a cold compress should help.

Near the extraction site, your muscles may become sore and cause a sore throat. In addition, the corners of your mouth may become cracked or dry from the surgery. Both of these conditions are normal. Remember to eat soft foods, such as ice cream, yogurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, and thin soups, for the few days following your surgery. Within 48 hours after the surgery, you will return to our Huntington, IN dental practice for your follow-up appointment .. At this appointment, you will discuss any post-surgery symptoms that you may have.

White Fillings (Bonding)

When the anesthesia from the procedure wears off, your teeth will probably feel sensitive. For the next few days, avoid partaking of hot and cold food and drinks. After a few days, the treated tooth will feel as good as new. To ensure that your white fillings last for a long time, remember to continue a normal hygiene routine at home.  Avoid hard foods or eating ice on white fillings--they can chip or break!!

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John E. Regan, DDS, MAGD

650 Cherry Street Huntington, IN 46750