Post-Visit Instructions


PostVisit

Post-Visit Instructions

Temporary Restoration Instructions:

WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure – please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

Avoid using the area where the temporary was placed for at least one hour in order to let temporary cement fully set.

Be advised to avoid eating hard or sticky foods on your temporary as these types of foods may cause the temporary to become loose of fall off.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? Brush your teeth as you normally would – it is just as important to keep a temporary clean as it is to keep your other teeth clean. Do not floss your temporary – it will pop it off!

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

You may also experience sensitivity to cold or pressure – the temporary restoration does not hold off cold like your other teeth or the permanent restoration will.

Your new permanent crown will be shaped and shaded especially to your teeth – the temporary is made to serve you temporarily, so its color and fit are not custom-matched to your teeth.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY TEMPORARY COMES OFF? If possible – save the temporary so we can recement it.

Call us @ 312.642.3370. We are here seven days a week and will be able to get you in at your earliest convenience.

Fillings

WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? Brush your teeth as you normally would. Floss your teeth as you normally would.

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure. If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced please call to come in and have us adjust it at your earliest convenience.

-Post Visit Information: Permanent Restoration- Crown

-WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away. Avoid using the area where the permanent restoration was placed for at least one hour in order to let the cement fully set. Keep in mind that you do have a restoration but feel free to use your restoration like you would your normal teeth.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? Brush your teeth as you normally would it is very important to keep your permanent restoration in great condition just like your other teeth. Floss your teeth as you normally would it is very important to floss around a permanent restoration to keep the area healthy.

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure. If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced please call to come in and have us adjust it at your earliest convenience.

Bridges

When and what can I eat? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure – please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away. Avoid using the area where the bridge was placed for at least one hour in order to let the cement fully set. Keep in mind that you do have a restoration but feel free to use your restoration like you would your normal teeth.

Can I brush and floss? Brush your teeth as you normally would it is very important to keep your bridge in great condition just like your other teeth. Use floss threaders or Superfloss to clean around the teeth that support your bridge and under your bridge. It is very important to keep this area clean and you must clean your bridge at the minimum once a day.

What if there is discomfort? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure. If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced please call to come in and have us adjust it at your earliest convenience.

Veneers

WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

Avoid using the area where the veneers were placed for at least one hour in order to let the cement fully set.

Always be aware that you have veneers this includes being careful to avoid aggressive biting into items. You cannot use your veneers like you may have used your natural teeth to cut string, open plastic bags etc.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? Brush your teeth as you normally would it is very important to keep your veneers in great condition just like your other teeth.

Floss your teeth as you normally would it is very important to floss around veneers to keep the area healthy.

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced please call to co

Root Canals

WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? see temporary restoration instructions attached

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

If any medication was prescribed, take as directed.

Scaling and Root Planing

WHEN AND WHAT CAN I EAT? If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

Do your best to use the opposite side (away from the treated area) of your mouth to eat a soft diet for the first two days following treatment.

Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages and hot or spicy foods until your gums are healthy.

CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS? The first time your brush after treatment brush very lightly.The day following treatment you may begin flossing lightly.Gradually return to normal brushing and flossing habits.

WHAT IF THERE IS DISCOMFORT? You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.If any medication was prescribed, take as directed.

-Pre-Appointment Instructions for IV Sedation

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your scheduled surgery. This includes water, breath mints, chewing gum etc EXCEPTION: You may take prescribed medication if instructed by your doctor with no more than one inch of water Do not smoke for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.

Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing with no long sleeves.

You must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18 to escort you home. They MUST STAY in the waiting area during your surgery. They may NOT drop you off and pick you up later. In this case, your surgery will be cancelled. We prefer that you travel home by car.

Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.

No contact lenses should be worn.

Dentures, partials, or any type of removable appliance must be taken out prior to your surgery.

Do not wear fingernail polish on the day of surgery.

Illness – if you have forgotten to tell us about any serious illness that you have or have had, please inform us. If you have a cold, the flu, or symptoms of any other illness, please inform us as soon as possible, as a change of appointment may be necessary.

If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.

Please visit the restroom 30 minutes prior to your surgery.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify us as soon as possible.

Dental Surgery

BLEEDING – Bite on a gauze pad for 45 minutes then discard. If bleeding continues, fold gauze tightly, place over bleeding area and maintain firm biting of finger pressure for 30 minutes. A tea bag, wet or dry, is an excellent substitute for a gauze pack. Avoid frequent pack changes; rinsing or physical exertion until bleeding has ceased. The area may still bleed minimally for the next 24 hours but most swelling and bleeding should end within one or two days of the surgery.

DO NOT RINSE your mouth today. DO NOT use straws for drinking. Tomorrow, rinse every 3-4 hours using warm water. Continue for several days.

DIET – No eating or drinking for one hour. Hot, spicy, or course foods should be avoided. Avoid popcorn and peanuts that may become stuck in the tooth extraction site. Any other food that you can tolerate is permissible. It is important that you drink at least 2 quarts of fluid per day. Liquid supplements (Meritene, Nutrament etc) available at your pharmacy and baby foods are excellent food sources for the first few days, if needed.

NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES for one week.

ANESTHESIA – Patients who received general anesthesia should:

  • NOT DRIVE a vehicle or operate any machinery within the same day of surgery
  • NOT undertake any responsible business matter within the same day of surgery
  • NOT take any medication without approval.

PAIN is to be expected and may be severe for the first few hours. You must:

  • Take the prescribed medication before the anesthetic wears off, and the pain becomes evident, usually one hour following surgery.
  • Take the medication to relieve pain. If dizziness or weakness is experienced you should lie down.
  • Approximately 45 minutes should be allowed for you to become aware of the effect of any pain medication.

SWELLING is to be expected and may reach its maximum up to three days after surgery, but it is NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. Swelling may be reduced by:

  • Applying an ice pack to the outside of the face in relation to the area of surgery. 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off as possible during the first 48 hours. After 48 hours, substitute a hot water pack or hot towel in the same manner until swelling has receded.

BRUISING may occur. This is NO CAUSE FOR ALARM and should disappear within 10 days.

EARACHES & SORE THROAT – You may have a slight earache and/or sore throat. Should this become worse after several days, call our office.

TONSILLITIS, FLU, COLD – Occasionally following oral surgery, unrelated complications might occur. This is due to the fact that your resistance to viruses may be low prior to or following surgery. If you feel run down or have not eaten or slept for several days, it is wise to avoid crowds, drafts, and get as much rest as possible. On the other hand, if you feel well and strong, you may carry on with your normal activities regardless of swelling or bruising.

NAUSEA rarely occurs and may be avoided by taking pain medication with a glass of milk. If nausea is sever, stop taking the prescribed medication and switch to an acetaminophen based medication, such as Tylenol. If pain persists after taking Tylenol, call our office.

ANTIBIOTICS – If prescribed, must be taken as directed and for the length of time indicated on the container. Antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Therefore, patients taking birth control pills should use an additional method of contraception during the remainder of the contraceptive cycle.

DENTURES – Immediate dentures should not be removed until your dentist has seen you. This is usually withing 2 days of surgery. Sores on the gums are common and will be treated on this visit.

BONE FRAGMENTS – Small bone fragments usually work through the gums during the healing process. They are not roots and usually fall out within a few days. If annoying, contact our office for their removal.

TIGHTNESS OF THE JAW may cause difficulty in opening your mouth. This should disappear within three days. Application of a warm towel may be of some benefit.

LIPS should be kept moist with a cream or Vaseline following surgery to avoid cracking. There maybe a numb feeling on your lower lip if lower teeth were removed. The feeling should return gradually. It may remain numb anywhere form a few days to a few months. This is especially true with impacted teeth.

ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS NOT DESCRIBED ON THIS SHEET THAT OCCUR PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (312) 642-3370

In-Office Professional Whitening

Some discomfort and sensitivity is to be expected – simple, over the counter pain medication should ease any discomfort

The first 48 hours following our in office professional whitening experience are vital to the success of the treatment

During this period your teeth are dehydrated and more susceptible to restaining from dark and/or acidic foods and beverages

It is best to avoid consuming items:

  • coffee
  • tea
  • cola
  • red wine
  • red sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • tobacco products
  • balsamic vinegar
  • berries

A good rule to follow is if something could stain a white t-shirt, it could re-stain your teeth

If you cannot refrain from drinking coffee, tea or cola during this period, then try using a straw and rinse with water, or brush immediately after

After the 48 hour period has past, you may comfortably resume consumption of the items listed above. Keep in mind, these items will stain your teeth and periodic whitening touchups may be necessary

-Take Home Whitening Instructions

Before whitening, brush and floss your teeth.

Using the mixing nozzle, place a small ‘teardrop’ amount of the whitening gel in the interior face of each tooth compartment.

Place the trays in the mouth, gel should not over-flow onto the gums once trays are in place – if so, too much gel was used – remove excess gel with your finger or dry toothbrush.

‘Bubbling’ will appear inside the trays, wear for 30 minutes – no longer than 45 minutes.

After whitening, rinse trays with cold water – hot water may damage the trays. Rinse and brush excess gel from teeth.



Extraction / wisdom teeth Instructions

Root canal Instructions

Post – Implant placement Instructions

Bone Grafts

Fillings

Crowns / bridges