Postoperative care

Recommendations after dental surgery (extraction)

  • Bite on a cotton ball (or a tea bag) for 30 to 45 minutes following surgery. Do not change or remove the cotton for 30 minutes.
  • Do not rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash for 24 hours.
  • After this period, rinse your mouth with lightly salted water 2 to 3 times a day.
  • A soft diet and soft brushing are recommended.
  • Do not spit, drink through a straw, smoke, engage in intense physical activity or drink alcohol for 48 hours following surgery. Keep your mouth open when sneezing.
  • To avoid swelling, it is suggested that you apply ice packs 10 minutes at a time alternating with 10 minute break for a period of 3 hours.
  • Take the prescribed medication as needed, always following the associated instructions.

Recommendations after gum surgery (graft, deep cleaning)

  • Take the prescribed medication.
  • Wait 24 hours before rinsing your mouth. After this period, you may rince your mouth with lightly salted water 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Do not spit, smoke, drink through a straw, engage in intense physical activity or drink alcohol for 48 hours.
  • Ice packs can be applied 10 minutes at a time, alternating with 10 minute breaks, for the first 2 hours.
  • After a gum graft, a soft diet is recommended for the week following the treatment.
  • Avoid speaking as much as possible and do not touch the area with your fingers.
  • Use a Q-tip to brush the grafted area throughout the week.
  • If the dressing falls off within 4 days of the surgery, call your dentist. It is sometimes necessary to replace the dressing.
  • After your dentist removes the dressing, resume usual dental hygiene.

Advice following an appointment root canal

  • Following a root-canal, it is normal to feel moderate to severe pain around the treated tooth. This should last a few days and can be allievated by anti-inflammatory medication (Advil, Motrin, ..). If swelling or acute pain occurs, contact your dental office.
  • It is also recommended to avoid chewing hard foods on the treated tooth for the week following the treatment as this generally increases sensitivity.

Advice following a dental restoration (filling, crown, bridge, …)

  • Following a dental restoration, a certain sensitivity of the treated tooth is normal. This can last from a few days to a few weeks. The gum surrounding the treated tooth, as well as the anesthesized area, may also be sensitive.
  • Taking pain medication (Tylenol, Advil, …) can help during the first days after the surgery if the sensitivity is subsantial. A soft diet is recommended, as well as avoiding very cold foods during the first few days.
  • If the restoration was deep : The dentist will advise you of the possibility of a root-canal. A regular check-up (every 6 months) is recommended in order to evaluate and monitor the evolution of the healing. If the tooth suddenly becomes sensitive to cold, is painful when chewing or develops episodes of acute pain, even at night, or if swelling occurs, consult your dentist as soon as possible.