Post-op Instructions

Please contact our office if you are having any symptoms that are not covered in this list of instructions.

Root Canal Therapy

To avoid injury to the soft tissue area, no eating for at least 2 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off. This will also allow the temporary restorative material to harden.  When you bite down you may feel some soreness and pressure in the area.   For this reason, you should avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods. The soreness should go away within the first week. It is recommended that you do not eat on the treated side of your mouth for the first 24 hours.

To get rid of any infection in the tooth that remains, Dr. Guerra may prescribe an antibiotic for you if he feels it is needed.
Please contact our office if any of the following occurs:

  • Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth
  • A reaction to the medication
  • Loss of the temporary filling material
  • Tooth fracture

Crowns and Bridges

No eating for the first 2 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off.

Temporary: Carefully clean the temporary restoration.  Do not pull up on the temporary when flossing this area.  Make sure to brush this area gently and do not chew any solid food on the restoration.
If your temporary comes off between appointments, please call our office so that we can reapply it for you.

Sensitivity:
Sensitivity to hot and cold is to be expected following treatment.
Please avoid hot and cold beverages for the first few days. Only drink liquids with a neutral temperature.
It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water.  You can also take an Advil™ or Tylenol™ if the discomfort persists.

Permanent Crown / Bridge:
When the final restoration is placed, your bite may feel a little different. Your mouth is adjusting to the new addition.  If it still feels off in a few days, please call the office for a slight adjustment.

Home Care:
To increase the life of the restoration it is important to resume proper brushing and flossing immediately.

White Fillings (Bonding)

No eating for the first 2 hours after your procedure.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold is to be expected following treatment.
Please avoid hot and cold beverages for the first few days. Only drink liquids with a neutral temperature.
It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water.  You can also take an Advil™ or Tylenol™ if the discomfort persists.

Home Care: To increase the life of the restoration it is important to resume proper brushing and flossing immediately.

Scaling and Root Planning

Our patients are given Closys™ Oral Rinse.  Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day. You should start home care immediately. Be extremely gentle with the treated areas. You can take an Advil™ or Tylenol™ if you feel any discomfort or sensitivity to hot and cold.

Do not eat any hard or chewy foods for the next 2-3 days while healing takes place.

Smoking should be suspended for 2-3 days following the procedure.
You can place a cold compress if there is any swelling or a warm towel or compress if you are experiencing discomfort of your jaw joint/TMJ.
Please contact the office if you have persistent pain or swelling.

Porcelain Veneers (Laminates)

No eating for the first 2 hours following the procedure or until the anesthesia wears off.

Temporary: Carefully clean the temporary restoration.  Do not pull up on the temporary when flossing this area.  Make sure to brush this area gently and do not chew any solid food on the restoration.
If your temporary comes off between appointments, please call our office so that we can reapply it for you.

Sensitivity:
Sensitivity to hot and cold is to be expected following treatment.
Please avoid hot and cold beverages for the first few days. Only drink liquids with a neutral temperature.
It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue, rinse the area with warm salt water.  You can also take an Advil or Tylenol if the discomfort persists.

Permanent Veneers:
When the final restoration is placed, your bite may feel a little different. Your mouth is adjusting to the new addition.  If it still feels off in a few days, please call the office for a slight adjustment.

Home Care:  It is very important to thoroughly clean the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line. To increase the life of the restoration it is important to resume proper brushing and flossing immediately which will provide the longest lasting life to the restoration.

Extractions

Bleeding:
For the first 24 hours slight bleeding will occur. If heavy bleeding occurs:

  1. Place a moist piece of gauze over the surgery area.
  2. Bite firmly on the gauze for the first one half hour.  DO NOT chew on it.
  3. Do not suck on area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
  4. When you leave the office, you might be biting on a gauze pad to control bleeding. Keep slight pressure on this gauze for at least 30 minutes. Don’t change it during this time; it needs to remain undisturbed while a clot forms in the extraction socket. After 30 minutes you may remove it. You may bite on moist gauze or moist tea bag for another 30 minutes if you feel it is still bleeding.  Small amounts of blood in the saliva can make your saliva appear quite red or pink. This is normal and may be noticed the rest of the day after the procedure.

Rinsing:

  1. Don’t rinse the surgical area on the day or surgery. Refrain from spitting as well.
  2. The day after surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
  3. You may gently brush your teeth and tongue after surgery, carefully avoiding the surgical area.

Eating:
You should start with liquids and very soft foods for the first 2 days following the surgery.  Once the area starts feeling better you can resume solid foods.  Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.

Pain & Swelling:
It is normal to experience some degree of swelling.
You can place ice over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24  to 36 hours. No longer.  This should help to reduce pain and swelling.
If you feel discomfort, it is recommended that you take an Advil or Tylenol to ease the pain.  If the pain persists, please contact the office.