No one looks forward to having dental surgery; however, the experience can be less stressful by knowing what to expect post-op. At Newton Street Dental, we want your recovery to be as worry-free and comfortable as possible. We take the time to answer your questions and concerns while discussing your recovery to give you the peace of mind you need to head into the procedure with confidence.
After you have had your permanent crown or bridge cemented, it will withstand normal chewing so you can eat your favorite foods. However, after the procedure, you will remain numb for a few hours. You need to try to avoid biting your cheeks, tongue, or lips until you regain normal sensations. It is best to avoid eating or drinking anything hot to prevent burns. After the crown or bridge is in place, you need to maintain your dental hygiene by brushing regularly twice per day. If you have a crown, floss it just as you would a normal tooth. A dental bridge will require you to floss under the false teeth, which is often easier than using a dental threader.
After receiving a temporary restoration while waiting for your permanent crown or bridge, you will need to exercise additional precautions when chewing. It is best to chew using the opposite side of your mouth for a few days. In addition, avoid chewing foods that are sticky or crunchy until the permanent restoration is placed. Since it is not as strong as the permanent one you will receive, it is not uncommon for it to break or come off. If this happens, call us right away to have it repaired.
For the first 24 hours after having a tooth removed, take extra precautions not to disturb the wound when eating or cleaning your teeth to prevent dislodging the blood clot. Keep your fingers, tongue, and anything else away from the site to prevent irritation, bleeding, and infection. Do not rinse or spit aggressively and avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and sucking on objects for the first day.
You may notice some light bleeding or oozing after the procedure. This is normal and can be controlled by biting on a folded piece of gauze for a minimum of 60 minutes. It is not uncommon to experience pain during the first initial days of recovery, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Also, you can apply cold compressions to the outside of the face for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off to reduce any swelling or bruising. Within four or five days, you can resume your normal diet and oral hygiene routine.
After a root canal, you may experience a dull ache, and pressure sensitivity and the tooth may even feel loose, which will dissipate within a few days. You are welcome to use over-the-counter pain relievers and chew on the opposite side of your mouth until the discomfort subsides.
If you experience difficulties or have any questions about your recovery, Newton Street Dental is always here for you. Do not hesitate to contact our office to have your concerns answered.