Guidelines For All Procedures
Care Instructions for healthy recovery: Do not chew on hard, sticky or chewy foods for a least 24 hours. Never chew on ice. Avoid aggressive chewing and sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies that can loosen or damage a restoration. Carefully follow all guidelines provided by the doctor and their staff and most importantly practice good oral hygiene. Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions. In the event of an emergency, please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Post Surgery Care
If you received anesthesia, do not eat or chew until the numbness has subsided. In addition, follow these care instructions:
- Avoid eating for 2 hours after surgery, and eat only soft foods for the first 48 hours.
- Until gums are healed, avoid alcohol and hot or spicy foods.
- Avoid tobacco products for at least 72 hours.
- Brush and floss the untreated areas as usual.
- Treated areas should be rinsed gently with warm water or mouthwash, but avoid frequent or vigorous rinsing until the area has healed.
- Continue with all antibiotics for the full course even if symptoms have subsided.
To control bleeding:
Avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Slight bleeding may occur within the first day after surgery, but if it persists apply pressure with a gauze pad or bite on a clean moist tea bag for 20 minutes. Contact our office if this does not control the bleeding.
For pain or discomfort:
Take a pain reliever before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended. Discomfort may be experienced for several days. Pain relievers should not be taken on an empty stomach.
Rinse mouth three times a day with warm water to which one teaspoon of salt has been added. Contact our office if you experience bleeding, swelling, or discomfort that increases or persists for more than three days, or if you have any other concerns.