Please wait at least two hours after surgery before eating. Eating sooner could result in soft tissue damage because you still lack feeling in your mouth. You will receive full instructions from our staff on how to properly recover after surgery. In the meantime, here are some simple guidelines to follow.
Root Canal Therapy
You may experience soreness for a few days after your root canal. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth so you do not irritate the area and allow sufficient time for your temporary filling to set properly. Take an antibiotic to fight any remaining infection. If your pain or tenderness increases, if you have a negative reaction to your medication or if you lose the temporary filling, call Dr. Trinh-Pham immediately.
Crowns and Bridges
You will typically begin with a temporary crown or bridge. Temporaries are not as sturdy as permanent crowns and bridges, so you should be extra-careful when brushing and eating. Brush gently and floss carefully to avoid dislodging the temporary. Avoid any foods that are sticky or chewy. Expect sensitivity or irritation after a crown or bridge has been placed. Try a warm saltwater rinse and Advil or Tylenol to relieve any pain. A permanent crown or bridge may feel awkward for a few days until your mouth adapts to it. The awkward feeling usually disappears in a few days or so. Remember to brush and floss regularly. Please tell Dr. Trinh-Pham if your bite does not feel right.
White Fillings (Bonding)
It is best to avoid hot and cold foods or drinks for at least a few days after your bonding procedure. Then continue your normal hygiene to ensure that your fillings last a long time.
Scaling & Root Planing
Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) two or three times a day to relieve pain and cleanse the area. Continue brushing gently and flossing after your procedure. If you have swelling or stiffness, use a cold compress and/or OTC pain-relievers as needed. Avoid hard and chewy foods for three days after surgery to ensure proper healing. Call Dr. Trinh-Pham if you still have pain or swelling after a few days.
Be careful when brushing your teeth or eating after your temporary or permanent veneers have been placed. Brush gently and floss carefully to avoid dislodging your veneers. Avoid sticky or chewy foods while wearing your temporary veneers. You may experience sensitivity or irritation. This will subside as your soft tissue heals. Try a warm saltwater rinse or take Advil or Tylenol for pain. Your new veneers may feel awkward at first until your mouth adapts to them. Let Dr. Trinh-Pham know when your bite does not feel right. Pay closer attention to the gum line between the veneers and your teeth when you brush and floss.
You need rest after surgery. You also need a friend or family member to drive you home after anesthesia. It is normal for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after surgery. We apply sterile gauze after completion of surgery. Change the gauze when it becomes soaked. Call Dr. Trinh-Pham if your bleeding lasts more than 24 hours. Avoid lying flat because it can prolong the bleeding. If you must lie down, prop your head on a pillow. Take your prescribed pain medication as directed. Some patients use ice packs for pain. We recommend soft foods after surgery, including yogurt, pudding, thin soup, mashed potatoes, Jell-O, ice cream and protein shakes. Avoid smoking or drinking through straws. The resulting suction can loosen your stitches and slow blood clotting and healing. Call Dr. Trinh-Pham if you have prolonged pain, bleeding or irritation.
Get great care at Karsil Dental Professionals. Call 281-485-6088 to learn more, or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our surgery patients come to us from Manvel, Pearland, Alvin, Friendswood, Fresno and nearby areas.