Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was completed until a permanent restoration is placed. After root canal therapies, a crown is often required to strengthen the weak tooth. Over-the-counter pain medications are recommended for pain relief. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, or the loss of the temporary filling call us immediately.

Crowns, Bridges & Veneers

A temporary crown/bridge is placed while waiting for the permanent crown to be made by the laboratory. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. We recommend chewing on the opposite side of the temporary restoration, brushing like normal and when flossing pull the floss down to your gums and then letting go of one end of the floss to allow it to be pulled between your teeth easily. Pulling the floss back up between teeth can dislodge the temporary crown. Temporary crowns are made to come off easily, and if it does come off, please call our office so we can place it back on the prepared tooth. It is common to have some gum and tooth sensitivity while wearing the temporary crown. This usually resolves once the permanent crown is placed. We recommend over-the-counter pain medications after your procedure to help with any post-operative pain. If you are continuing to experience pain several days after the crown preparation please call our office.

Extractions

After tooth removal, we will prescribe pain medication if necessary or recommend an over-the-counter medication. After the tooth is removed, gauze is placed over the area to help stop bleeding. Replace the gauze every 30 minutes or so and keep pressure by biting on the gauze to facilitate healing. A warm or cold compress over the area can help relieve soreness from the site. Do not suck on a straw or smoke cigarettes for the first 48 hours after tooth removal. Creating a suction motion by sucking on a straw or smoking a cigarette will result in a dry socket, which can be very painful. Avoid spicy, salty and crunchy foods for the next few days. Instead, eat soft foods while the tissue heals. Occasionally stitches are necessary after tooth removal. These typically resolve on their own in about two weeks. A warm salt water rinse can be used after the first day if the tissues are irritated. Boney pieces sometimes work their way up to the gum tissues. You can try to remove them yourself, or call us and we can help remove them. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office right away.

Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning)

After this procedure your gums can be sore and irritated for a few days. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area, place a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medicine if needed. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the procedure to ensure the area heals well. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, please contact our office.