After a Tooth Extraction
After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot will form in order to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. To help form the blood clot, we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for about thirty minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, replace the gauze pad and bite firmly for another thirty minutes. You may have to repeat this several times. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and delay the healing process. Drink fluid and eat nutritious soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site. After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and swelling. Apply an ice pack to the area to minimize swelling. Take pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed. Continue to take the antibiotics for the prescribed length of time, even if the symptoms of the infection are gone. The swelling usually subsides within 48 hours. It is important to resume your normal dental routine–including brushing and flossing–after 24 hours. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 618-722-5300.
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing foods and drinking hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off (it is easy to bite or burn your tongue while you are numb). Fillings are fully set as soon as they’re placed, so you may chew as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off. It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. It also is normal to experience soreness at the injection site. Over-the-counter pain medication works well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days, if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, or if your bite feels uneven, please contact our office at 618-722-5300.
Dental Treatment Instructions
After Care Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing
Following Scaling and Root Planing you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding and swelling of your gum tissue.
You can expect some general discomfort after scaling and root planing. This should be acute and usually subsides in a few hours but can sometimes last a few days. Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight throbbing or aching and if needed can be treated with the non-aspirin medication you prefer. Discomfort due to brushing should improve within a few days. In addition you can expect some tooth sensitivity to temperature change and/or sweets to occur. The temperature sensitivity usually gradually diminishes over time. If this sensitivity is bothersome or persistent we recommend the use of desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne.
Is important to continue good oral hygiene care after your procedure. Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly. When the tissues are tender this may take a little more time than normal. Follow the oral hygiene instructions given to you by your dental hygienist or doctor for cleaning all root surface areas daily; and use the tools they have recommended for you (such as a soft toothbrush, dental floss, or interdental aids)
If symptoms seem severe or persistent, or if you develop and abscess (gum boil) please call 618-722-5300.
After a Crown and Bridge Procedure
Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness subsides. If you have a temporary and it comes off, call us at 618-722-5300 so we can re-cement it. To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully to prevent dislodging the temporary. It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity, and over-the-counter pain medication may help these symptoms. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 618-722-5300.
If at any time, you have any questions or concerns about your dental care, do not hesitate to contact our office.
4023 North Illinois Street ~ Swansea, Illinois 62226