Direct Restorations (Fillings)
Inlays & Onlays
Nightguards and Sports Guards
Whitening (Custom Tray with Pola Bleaching Kit)
Hospital Treatment (Special Cases)
Post Operative Care Information
Instructions Following Oral Surgery
Some bleeding can occur after surgical procedures. Slight pink in the saliva is ok. If there is actual blood then:
1. Bite firmly on moist sterile gauze & maintain pressure for 20 minutes.
2. If bleeding persists, repeat step 1 for an additional 20 minutes.
3. Contact Dr. Starr or Hospital Emergency if excessive bleeding persists. You may want to put a towel on your pillow for the 1st night.
Some discomfort is normal following oral dental surgery. Take pain medication before anesthetic wears off.
DO NOT rinse your mouth for 24 hours. After 24 hours use warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 6oz. warm water) 4-5 times daily for one week.
Following oral surgery procedures, some swelling is to be expected. Normally, swelling will peak on the 2nd day following surgery and begin to disappear by the 4th day. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of your face for a 10-20 minute interval. Remove ice for about 10-20 minutes. Repeat this procedure as necessary.
If sutures have been used, they will dissolve in 3-5 days as will the gel foam pak that the dentist will put in.
Following oral sugery, it is common to have a slight elevation in temperature. Rest and take medications as recommended.
You should drink plenty of fluids on the day of sugery and eat soft foods. Avoid the area where the tooth was removed, as you do not want to disturb the blood clot or get anything into the socket. Also, do not do anything to cause any suction in your mouth. No excessive rinsing or spitting. No using a straw.
If you must smoke, cover the socket with damp gauze as instructed. If you disturb the blood clot you could get a dry socket (exposed bone) and it can be very painful.
The removal of impacted teeth is quite different than the removal of erupted teeth. The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
1. Swelling and sometimes bruising can be expected. Use ice packs as recommended above.
2. Following the removal of impacted teeth moderate to severe pain can be expected. Do not wait until the pain is severe to take your pain medication. Use the prescription given to you as directed.
3. Trismus (tightness) of the muscles may cause difficulty in opening the mouth. After 36 hours post surgery, application of moist heat to area will help.
4. A sore throat may develop.
5. Numbness and/or abnormal sensation around the corner of the mouth, lip or tongue may develop on the side of the face that the tooth was removed. This is called "paresthesia" and it may persist from a few days to several months. In very rare circumstances it can be a permanent condition.
6. The corners of the mouth may dry out or crack. Keep moist with lipbalm or petroleum jelly.
7. There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. After 24 hours, rinse the area with warm salt water following meals. The socket will gradually fill in with new tissue over the next month.
If an ear ache develops or increases on the 3rd or 4th day after the surgery, please call the office for an appointment. You will most likely need an antibiotic or a change in antibiotic.
Cosmetic & Restorative
Eating & Drinking
Following a composite (white) filling, you may eat and drink right away, but beware of hot and cold things as the freezing may interfere with how you bite. Following an amalgam (silver) filling, please wait to eat for another 2 hours.
Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment, should it persist, please contact our office . It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.
The New Filling
After the placement of your new restoration, it may take a few days to get used to it. If your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration.
Endodontics (Root Canals)
You may eat once you leave the office but should avoid chewing food on the side of your treated tooth until you have the permanent restoration placed by your General Dentist (i.e. a Crown). Refrain from eating any hard foods (i.e. peanuts, ice, popcorn, hard pretzels) until your dentist advises you otherwise. Over time, temporary fillings may leak or weaken, causing contamination of the Canal.
3 Months Post Operative Check
You may be asked to return in three months in order to take a radiograph and recheck the healing on the area. We want to make sure that your body has accepted the root canal.
You may experience some pain or swelling after the root canal is complete. Should any aching or throbbing develop, please contact our office as this could be a sign of infection. Infection can occur after we sterilize the inside of your tooth and you may require post-operative antibiotics.