Surgical dental procedures are often a necessity for optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. When you need surgery, it’s important to know what to expect following the procedure so you can heal quickly.
Following a procedure to get a new dental crown or bridge, your mouth will likely be numb from anesthesia for about two hours. Avoid eating for about two hours, and if you have temporary crown or bridge in place, avoid sticky foods like gum or caramel and items that might break your teeth, such as ice cubes. You may have some sensitivity to hot and cold so use caution when eating, and call the dentist if sensitivity continues and does not get better.
Be sure to continue your at-home dental hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing twice a day. You can also rinse with warm salt water two or three times a day to help soothe sore gums. Call our office if you notice any problems with your bite, the temporary breaks off, or you have pain that does not subside.
After a tooth extraction it is normal to have bleeding, and the dentist will place a gauze pad. Keep the gauze on with pressure for at least 30 minutes to slow the bleeding, and try not to disturb the area for about 24 hours while a clot forms. You may notice small traces of blood in your saliva, which is perfectly normal.
Avoid eating or drinking behaviors that might affect healing, such as swishing liquids, sucking through a straw, or eating foods with sharp edges (such as popcorn kernels) that could enter the wound. Avoid smoking following the surgery as it can impact blood flow and reduce your body’s ability to heal. The suction created when inhaling a cigarette risks dislodging the clot, which can lead to painful dry socket.
Discomfort and swelling following tooth extraction is normal, so have an over-the-counter pain medication available such as Tylenol, Advil, or other non-aspirin pain reliever. The dentist may also prescribe pain relief medication for more severe pain. Keep ice on the area for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.
Do not eat for at least eight hours after surgery, and eat only soft foods for two to three days or until you are able to do so without pain.
Avoid eating anything for at least two hours after porcelain veneer surgery, or until anesthesia has worn off.
If you have a temporary veneer placed while permanent veneers are being prepared in the lab, it may require special care to prevent any problems before you get the permanent porcelain veneers. The cement used on a temporary veneer is designed to come off so avoid sticky foods and care for your teeth by brushing and flossing.
You will likely experience some sensitivity, so avoid food and drink that are extremely hot or cold. If gums feel tender, rinse with warm salt water to soothe gums and take over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
After you get your permanent veneers it may take some time to get used to them, particularly if they change the shape or length of your teeth. Care for your porcelain veneers the same way you do your natural teeth, minimizing consumption of sugar and acidic foods and brushing and flossing daily.
Avoid eating and drinking (except water) for about two hours after the procedure while anesthesia wears off to prevent injury to your cheeks, tongue, and gums. You will likely experience tenderness and soreness during the healing process, but symptoms should subside within a few days. Take over-the-counter pain medication if needed. If you have prescription pain medication, follow all dosing instructions and use caution when driving as they may cause drowsiness.
Brush and floss teeth normally to maintain good oral hygiene, and visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you notice any problems that include unexplained swelling, prolonged pain, or an uneven bite, call the dentist right away.
Your mouth will be numb from anesthesia, so avoid eating or drinking for about two hours until it wears off. It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as some tenderness and pain in your gums. Rinse with warm salt water to soothe gums and take over-the-counter pain medication if needed, following all dosing instructions. For prolonged or severe pain, be sure to call the dentist right away.