Dental Surgery Aftercare Tips
It is important to follow recommended suggestions in the aftermath of oral surgery to facilitate healing and minimize the possibility of complications. For example, all oral surgeries require the use of local or general anesthesia. Driving immediately after surgery is not recommended (as you will still feel drowsy and sedated).
Eating should also be avoided until two hours as parts of your mouth will be devoid of sensation. By risking eating at the time, the soft tissue is more susceptible to damage. Your dentist will provide with detailed and comprehensive after-care instructions in the event of an oral surgical procedure.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment typically results in a feeling of soreness in the part of your mouth where the root canal treatment has been done. A good way to avoid complications to chew your food on the other side of your mouth. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to treat any lingering infection.
Possible side-effects could include swelling, continued pain and reaction to antibiotic or pain medication. Other causes for concern include the dislodging or loss of the restorative filling that your dentist has fitted into the root canal. In all events, the best solution is to contact your dentist immediately.
Bridges and crowns
Both bridges and crowns involve the preliminary stage of temporary fittings until the permanent one is ready for use. This stage required careful care especially during chewing and brushing your teeth. You must keep in mind that the temporary bridges and crowns are not as strong as the permanent ones and you have to be gentle while cleaning your teeth or flossing.
Likewise, you must ensure that you avoid hard, chewy food items t and minimize strain on the temporary bridges and crowns. After the fitting of temporary or permanent crowns, you might feel a slight soreness until the soft tissue completely heals. Your new bridge or crown may also take a little while to get used to.
To relieve pain, you can rinse your mouth with salty warm water.
But over time, you will be unable to feel your newly fitted crowns or bridges and will be able to talk, chew and bite just as usual. Bridges and crowns have to be treated just as you would permanent teeth and require regular hygienic care like brushing and flossing.
Bonding (white filling)
A common after-effect of undergoing bonding or white filling is extra sensitivity for a few days. During this time, it is best to avoid hot or cold foods to reduce the possibility of irritating the treated tooth. After a few days, however, the sensitive feeling will go away and you can eat and drink normally. Bonding also requires the same level of care and follow-up hygiene that your permanent teeth would need like brushing or flossing.
Root planning and scaling
If you have undergone scaling and root planning, your gums will feel sore and irritated for the first 2 to 3 days after the surgery. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water about 2 to 3 times during the day to alleviate pain and cleanse the affected gum area. Other pain management techniques could include hot and cold compresses.
It is also advisable to avoid chewy and sticky foods that may irritate the soft tissue. Another important tip is to brush your teeth gently so as to avoid irritating the operated gum area. You only need to take these precautions until the soft tissue heals. In the event of any prolonged pain, swelling or discomfort, call your dentist for professional assistance and advice.
The surgical procedure for veneers also requires a set of recommended precautions. The initial soreness and irritation is a common effect and these can be relieved by regular rinsing of your mouth with warm salt water. Your dentist may also prescribe pain medication like Tylenol or Advil to alleviate pain symptoms.
You have to watch out when you brush your teeth to avoid dislodging the temporary restoration which is typically not as durable as the permanent tone. Similarly, you have to be careful while chewing and eating and stay with softer foods as opposed to hard, chewy foods. Heavy flossing may also irritate your temporary restoration so stick to gentle but regular care.
One your permanent veneer is in, it will only take a few days for your mouth to adjust to its presence. Then you will be able to eat and chew just as usual.
It is advisable to request a friend or relative to drive you home after undergoing extraction as you may feel sedated after the administration of anesthesia. Adequate rest and pain medication are required to relieve pain symptoms.
Your dentist will recommend medication as well as prescribe a dental cleansing solution to keep the extraction area free of infection and reduce soreness. The gum tissue is still very soft and tender and you must eat soft foods that do not put a strain on your teeth for chewing or biting. You may also apply a cold ice pack to alleviate pain.
Recommended foods after an extraction procedure include yoghurt, pudding, ice-cream, thin and watery soups and gelatin. You might want to avoid using straws to drink as the sucking motion encourages the loosening up of your dental sutures. The same precaution goes for smoking (should be totally avoided)as this will delay the clotting and healing process.
While some amount of bleeding in the extraction area is to be expected, the bleeding will subside in some time. Ensure that you keep propped on a slightly raised pillow and avoid down flat (this will encourage bleeding).
Your dentist will also apply dental gauze to the affected area. If the gauze is saturated, then you may replace the used gauze with a fresh one.
In the event that bleeding, pain or discomfort is prolonged beyond 24 hours, you must call your dentist at once.