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Nhan K. Ho, DDS, PLLC | Post-Op Instructions in Pulaski, NY

Nhan K. Ho, DDS, PLLC

General Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

3333 Maple Avenue

(Right off Exit 36, Route 81)

Pulaski, New York 13142

Tel. (315) 298-3437

 

We accept most major dental insurances, credit cards, low monthly payment plan CareCredit

Post-Op Instructions

 

Root Canal Therapy
You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call us at (315) 298-3437 immediately.

Crowns and Bridges
Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)
After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing
After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact us right away.

Veneers
Before you receive your permanent veneer you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions 
tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications.

- A gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 30 minutes, and then discarded after that.

- Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed.

- After the surgery you will need to rest. Limit your activities on the day of extractions. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication and antibiotic medication as prescribed.

- Diets: you will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
Gelatin, pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, ice cream, thin soups and other food you can eat without chewing.

 - When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process.

- No smoking 3 days after the extractions.

The following indications that you need to call us at (315) 298-3437 for a follow up evaluation:

A. Prolonged pain

B. High fever

C. Non-stop bleeding

D. Tremendous swelling

E. Irritation

F. Not properly healing

G. Any concerns you may have

 

 

 
 
 
Pulaski, NY Dentist | Post-Op Instructions. Nhan Ho is a Pulaski, NY Dentist.

We accept major dental insurances, credit cards and CareCredit.