At Kane Dental Care, we believe that aftercare is as important as the treatment. Careful and proper post-op dental care can help extend the lifespan of restorations and prevent the onset of further problems.
Our trained dentists believe that observing post-op care instructions can accelerate recovery and healing.
Post-Op Care after Dental Restorations
If you have received crowns, inlays, onlays, fillings or dentures, follow these tips for improved oral health:
- Avoid chewing on hard, sweet and sticky foods
- Refrain from consuming very hot or cold foods as it’s common to experience mild sensitivity for a few weeks. However, if you experience sensitivity beyond six weeks, please let us know, and we will assess the restoration and surrounding areas
- Brush your teeth after meals and snacks and floss your teeth once a day
- Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to remove any tiny food particles left behind
For any further information, please contact Kane Dental Care in Huntington Station, NY.
Aftercare Tips Following Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are done to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line and may result in slight bleeding, soreness, and tenderness for a few days.
- Please avoid smoking or consuming alcohol for 24 hours after treatment
- Our trained dentist will prescribe painkillers for pain relief; please follow instructions for dosage and frequency
- Rinse your mouth with salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water)
- Gently brush and floss once the soreness has gone
Post-Op Dental Care Tips following Extractions and Root Canal Therapy
Bite down on the gauze pad to apply pressure to reduce bleeding. Please refrain from driving, operating heavy equipment or machinery as prescribed painkillers or antibiotics may cause grogginess. It’s common to experience discomfort for a couple of days after a tooth extraction, especially if the tooth was severely infected.
When it comes to getting crowns, scaling, and root planing or other procedures, Kane Dental Care in Huntington Station, NY, recommends getting three dental cleanings per year. Doing this will help reduce the likelihood of developing decay and infection.