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Post-Treatment Care at Home

Instructions for post-treatment care at home

  • After minor oral surgery
  • After tooth extraction
  • After cosmetic reconstruction
  • After the installation of a crown or bridge
  • After composite (white) fillings
After minor oral surgery

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.

Day of surgery
  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
Doníts
  • Donít rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Donít drink through a straw.
  • Donít smoke.
  • Donít consume hot foods or beverages. Eat cold, soft foods.
  • Donít engage in intense activity.
Pain
  • For pain relief in the first 24 to 72 hours, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medication you were prescribed. Donít take aspirin.

The day after until full healing
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water solution (2 ml or Ĺ tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
  • You may have trouble opening your mouth. This should diminish in four to five days.
  • If the pain increases after three days, call our office.
You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, pain, continued swelling for two to three days or a negative reaction to the medication, call us.

After tooth extraction

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.

Day of surgery
  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
  • Keep your head elevated at all times.
  • Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.
  • Limit your physical activity. Rest.
Doníts
  • Donít dislodge the blood clot that has formed as it helps with the healing process.
  • Donít eat anything before the bleeding stops.
  • Donít drink through a straw.
  • Donít rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Donít smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Donít eat hard foods.
  • Donít brush near the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
Pain
  • If the pain causes you discomfort, take the medication you were prescribed.
  • If you were prescribed antibiotics for this treatment, continue to take them for the specified time period even if the symptoms are gone.
Food
  • Eat only soft foods or lukewarm liquids the day of the extraction. Resume your normal eating habits as soon as you are able.
The day after until full healing
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water solution (2 ml or Ĺ tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and ensure the best long-term results. Donít brush near the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).
  • You may have trouble speaking and produce extra saliva. This should subside in a week.
  • There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
  • You may have trouble opening your mouth. This should diminish in four to five days.
  • If the pain increases after three days, call our office.

You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, pain, continued swelling for two to three days or a negative reaction to the medication, call us.

After cosmetic reconstruction

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.

Day of surgery
  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.
Doníts
  • Donít eat anything before the bleeding stops.
  • Donít drink through a straw.
  • Donít rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Donít smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Donít eat hard foods.
  • Donít engage in intense exercise. Rest.
Pain
  • If the pain causes you discomfort, take the medication you were prescribed.

Food
  • Eat only soft foods or lukewarm liquids.

The day after until full healing
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water solution (2 ml or Ĺ tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and ensure the best long-term results. Donít brush near the sensitive area for the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).
  • Be aware that smoking, coffee, red wine and tea can stain your teeth.
  • If you play sports, ask us to make you a custom mouth guard.
  • You may have trouble speaking and produce extra saliva. This should subside in a week.
  • There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
  • You may have trouble opening your mouth. This should diminish in four to five days.
  • If the pain increases after three days, call our office.


It takes the brain a while to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness. It may take a few days or even a few weeks before you can fully close your mouth. If problems persist after several weeks, call us.

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After crown or bridge installation

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.

The installation of crowns and bridges usually takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, we take impressions of the teeth that are to be replaced. Then temporary crowns or bridges are installed to protect your teeth until the custom restoration is being made.

Day of surgery
  • You may have a slight fever.
  • Take the medication prescribed or recommended by our team, as needed.
Doníts
  • Donít consume hot beverages when you are frozen.
  • Donít eat hard or sticky foods (candy, chewing gum).
Food
  • Try to eat on the opposite side.
The day after until full healing

  • Brush your teeth normally, but floss carefully to avoid dislodging the temporary crown.
  • If a temporary crown comes off, you will have to come back in so we can re-cement it. This is important as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
If you experience pain or have trouble closing your mouth, of if you have any questions, call us.

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After a composite (white) filling

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. You may chew gum with your composite as soon as the anesthetic wears off completely.

Day of surgery
  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.
  • Limit your physical activity. Rest.
Doníts
  • Donít chew gum.
  • Donít drink hot beverages.
  • Donít dislodge the blood clot that has formed as it helps with the healing process.
  • Donít eat anything before the bleeding stops.
  • Donít drink through a straw.
  • Donít rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Donít smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Donít eat hard foods.
  • Donít brush near the sensitive area for the first 72 hours.
Pain
  • If the pain causes you discomfort, take the medication you were prescribed.
  • If you were prescribed antibiotics for this treatment, continue to take them for the specified time period even if the symptoms are gone.
Food
  • Eat only soft foods and lukewarm liquids the day of the extraction. Resume your normal eating habits as soon as you are able.
The day after until full healing
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water solution (2 ml or Ĺ tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and ensure the best long-term results.
  • Avoid hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).
  • You may have trouble speaking and produce extra saliva. This should subside in a week.
  • There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
  • You may have trouble opening your mouth. This should diminish in four to five days.
  • If the pain increases after three days, call our office.
If you are experience sensitivity to pressure or your sensitivity to heat or cold increases after a few days, call us.

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