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Post-Operative Instructions

Instructions After Treatment


Tooth Removal and Wisdom Tooth Removal

Bleeding and swelling - Some swelling and bleeding after tooth removal is normal. Excessive bleeding is not. Call our office if your condition worsens.

  • Pain - A little bit of pain is normal after a tooth is removed. If the pain worsens, call our office for a re-examination.

  • DONT - Smoke, drink alcohol, drink very hot liquids, or drink through a straw for 24 hours.

  • DO - Maintain a soft-food diet for the remainder of the day.

The morning after removal, begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. (¼ teaspoon salt to 1 cup of water) Do this every four hours for two days.

Medications - If you were prescribed medication, take as instructed by your dentist and pharmacist.

In a healthy, young patient with no previous infection or disorders, you should heal uneventfully within 2 - 5 days.

Fillings (White or Silver)

When your mouth has been frozen your lips and tongue may be numb for a few hours after your appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.

You may chew with your fillings as soon as the anaesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

Sensitivity - If there is a deep filling and the tooth is sensitive, then we must wait, letting the tooth heal on its own. If the tooth consistently hurts, then a root canal is needed.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. If sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

Pain on biting - A filling that is too high may be the cause, and this needs an adjustment. Call Dental Choice to book in an appointment.

Occasionally a fractured tooth or fractured filling is present and this can be corrected by a new filling or a crown.

Whitening (Zoom!® or Nitewhite)

After you have used a custom-fit 'Nitewhite or Daywhite' kit, you may experience one of the following symptoms.

Sensitivity-  some patients report sensitivity to cold and when biting. This will only last a short time and should go away within a couple of days.

Gum Irritation- gums may react to the bleaching gel. If this occurs, simply use less bleaching gel.

Jaw discomfort- if bleaching trays are worn too long, discomfort in the jaw joints may occur. This will go away after the trays are removed.

Crowns and Bridges

Care- It is important to take care of your crown or bridge with daily brushing and flossing. Also, let us check you crown or bridge regularly to ensure it is in still in excellent condition.

How long will a crown or bridge last?

Crowns and bridges can last indefinitely when they are properly taken care of.

Complete Dentures

Care- Daily brushing with a large brush will help preserve the denture in optimal condition for a long time.

Repair- Spots that show signs of failure. It is always easier to fix a small problem than a large problem. If your denture starts breaking down, it should be repaired.

Do not wear dentures at night- Your gums need a chance to breathe. Covering the gums at night will lead to gum swelling and inflammation.

Wear your dentures- People who go for long periods without wearing their dentures will find that they often don't fit as well afterwards. This is because the gums change shape and the other teeth might move. Also, the tongue gets larger in a person who doesn't wear dentures for a long time.

Let us adjust them when needed- Your dentures should fit comfortably and work reasonably well. If you have any concerns, be sure to let us know.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is removable. Partial dentures also cover the gum and the roof of the mouth. It is important to care for a partial denture the same as you would dentures, with proper care, brushing, and checkups.


Care- Implants, like all dental work, need regular careful cleaning at home and once or twice yearly maintenance in the dental office.

How long should an implant last?  Well maintained implants should last many years, indefinitely.


Sensitivity - some sensitivity is common after a dental cleaning. This is especially true if you haven't had your teeth cleaned in quite a while. It is also true if a lot of tartar was removed, tooth structure that once was covered up is now exposed.

After a deep cleaning your gums may be red or slightly bleeding for a day or so as well.

If you have prolonged sensitivity after a cleaning, try Sensodyne F toothpaste for a month. If one specific tooth clearly is more sensitive than the others it would be prudent to go back to your dentist for an assessment.

Gum Surgery

You need to maintain your grafted gum area with good home care, regular cleanings and use of a soft or ultra soft brush.



IV Sedation - Tablets - Nitrous oxide (Laughing gas)  

After sedation, you will need to be assisted by a responsible adult who can walk you from our office, and from a vehicle into your home. This individual will need to be able to assist you for several hours after your procedure. You may feel alert, but you will still be somewhat sedated and will require assistance to move about for your own safety.

A list of things to NOT DO within the 24 hours after your appointment  

  • Do not take any additional medications following your appointment. There could be a serious reaction between the medications we administered to you and your drugs.
  • Do not take any sedatives, including alcohol.
  • Do not take any stimulants, including drinking coffee, or smoking.
  • Do not nurse an infant if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery.
  • Do not vigorous physical activity, i.e. climb stairs, exercising, or heavy lifting.
  • Do not make any important decisions, i.e. work/financial related.

After your visit, you will not remember much at all. Simply go home and rest, and if you have any questions or concerns call our office and we will be glad to help you.  


*Practice of General Dentistry

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