It is important to follow all the oral and written instructions you were given by Dr. Miller or one of his staff after your procedure(s) to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait until the anesthesia fully wears off before chewing to avoid soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are basic guidelines.
Root Canal Therapy
You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for several days. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed for several days and not until your final restoration (crown) has been placed. Dr. Miller will determine if you need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection around your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call our office immediately.
Crowns/Veneers and Bridges
When your crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in a week or two. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, please call us. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. Brush and floss normally and have your teeth professionally checked and cleaned regularly.
There may be some sensitivity and irritation after your custom crown(s) is placed. This is normal and will subside after the tooth and skin heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol to help manage any discomfort.
Before you receive your custom crown/bridge you may have a temporary restoration for a short time. This is not as sturdy as the final version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull on the provisional when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating; you should avoid sticky or chewy foods.
White Fillings (Bonding)
After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. If not, please call us. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
After this procedure your gums will probably be sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will minimize the pain, cleanse the area and promote healing. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling you can place a cold compress on the area and take some over-the-counter pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact our office.
You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours please call our office. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. You can use an ice pack to minimize swelling.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- ...and other food you can eat without chewing.
When drinking, make sure you DO NOT use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your blood clot in the socket and slow the healing process or contribute to a very painful dry socket. THE SAME GOES FOR SMOKING! If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call our office.