Dr J Riar and Associates

Post Treatment Instructions

Patient instructions after Cleaning

  • 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 or pain after a cleaning call our office:

Patient instructions after Fillings

  • Do not eat on your new filling for one hour and until your numbness is gone.
  • You can brush and floss these restorations just like all of your teeth CAREFULLY.
  • You may experience cold sensitivity. This is a normal response a tooth will sometimes have after bonding or adhesive procedures. If it does not gradually go away after 2 weeks, please let us know.
  • Your bite was carefully adjusted today, but if you feel that it is not right (high) when you are no longer numb, please let us know. These restorations are extremely sturdy after completely set – up and will not wear down by themselves.
  • If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).
  • Do not bite hard or chew on fillings for 24 hours.

If you experience any extreme hot or cold sensitivity, aching or throbbing that lasts for more than one day, you need to let us know. This may indicate a problem with the nerve of the tooth
Please follow these home care instructions carefully and call this office if you have any questions or concerns

Patient Instructions after Crown or Bridge Treatment

  • Whilst wearing the temporary crown or bridge, it is important to avoid hard or sticky foods, eg. nuts, pork crackle, minties, hard caramels or jubes.
  • Brush and floss the temporary as if it were a real tooth. If the floss is hard to remove or is getting caught, let one end of the floss go and gently pull it through the contact.
  • Vigorous salt – water mouth rinses are important to be used twice to three times daily to keep the gums health.
  • After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. Also, the bite may feel different for a day or two. But if the bite feels uneven or you feel discomfort on chewing on the tooth after 2 – 3 days call our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Don’t eat anything hard, crunchy or sticky for 24 hrs after having a crown cemented. Give the cement in the crown a day to settle in and set completely.
  • Care for your new permanent crown with proper brushing and flossing. It is especially important to keep the edge of the crown clean at the gumline.

Please follow these home care instructions carefully and call the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Patients Instructions After Extractions

  • Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been placed on the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues new gauze should be placed and pressed on for another 45 minutes.
  • Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face the first 6 – 8 hrs. Apply for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes.
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from socket
  • Bleeding – this is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1 – 2 days. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place moist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Do not rinse mouth until the following day.
  • On the morning following surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water(1/2 teaspoon salt). Repeat this several times.
  • Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
  • SWELLLING & STIFFNESS – is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or ice bag for 15 minutes of each hour as needed.
  • DIET – Avoid eating or drinking anything hot on the day of your extraction. Also, do not rinse your mouth, do not use a straw for drinking. Do not spit and do not drink carbonated beverages. Do not brush on the day of the surgery; you can resume your brushing and flossing the day after, gently. During the first 2 – 3 days after the surgery a diet of soft food and liquids is recommended

Please take all the medication you have received based on the instructions given to you.
Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling or if you have any questions or concerns. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Patient Instructions After Root Canals

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything for the next half hour. DO NOT try to feel around your tooth with your tongue. You have a temporary filling in the tooth and it takes about half an hour to harden.
  • DO NOT use the tooth to bite down on anything hard (peanuts, pretzels, ice, etc.) until the permanent filling/crown has been placed on the tooth. Again, the tooth is prone to fracture and if you bite down on anything too hard or crunchy you may crack the tooth.
  • After root canal treatment you may experience some tenderness and pressure sensitivity on your tooth. You gums may also be sore for few days. The healing process may take several days, and any pain will subside gradually.
  • Take any prescribed medications as prescribed.
  • Continue brushing and flossing as you normally would.
  • Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay on placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.

Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling or if you have any question

Patient Instructions After Periodontal Treatment or Gum Surgery

  • You may experience some pain, swelling and bleeding after the surgery. Place cold towels or an ice bag to the outside of your face in the treatment area. Apply for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 – minutes during the first 4 – 6 hrs.
  • On the morning after the treatment, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teas. salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times
  • Take all the prescribed medications based on given instruction.
  • It is advisable to eat only soft food for the first 24 hrs and avoid any hard or spicy foods which could cause irritation.
  • Drink plenty of water during the first 24 hrs at least 8 glasses are recommended
  • Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow up checks.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • Don’t use floss or other home tooth care products, such as toothpicks or electric brushes, until the day after your treatment. Begin very gently at first.
  • Because it is very common for periodontal disease to recur, patients should have regular checkups to monitor progress and prevent recurrence.
  • Do not smoke, spit or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).

Please follow these home care instructions carefully and call this office if you have any questions or concerns.
Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime. In case of an extreme urgency call 911.

Patient Instructions After Denture Delivery

  • You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. All new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth.
  • You should take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container. Your gum needs rest and to be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
  • Clean dentures thoroughly with brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  • It may be difficult to talk normally with the new denture for a few days. A way to practice is to read a book or newspaper out loud for a period of time everyday. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new denture and you will talk normally very soon.

Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort or if you have any questions.

Patient Instructions After Braces Placed

  • You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your teeth.
  • Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.
  • Brushing and flossing around braces are sometimes challenging but very important.

Call our office if you have any questions