Post-Op Instructions

Welcome to Fisher Dentistry’s comprehensive Dental Post-Op Instructions resource. Discover essential FAQs, up-to-date articles, and exceptional care insights to guide you through your post-dental procedure recovery. Your smile’s well-being is our priority!

After Extractions

After your dental extraction procedure, it’s crucial to follow these post-op instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery:

1. Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after an extraction. Gently bite down on a clean gauze pad placed over the extraction site for about 30 minutes to help control bleeding. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze and continue gentle pressure.

2. Pain Management: Expect some discomfort. Take prescribed pain medication as directed or over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by your dentist. Avoid aspirin, as it can increase bleeding.

3. Swelling: Swelling is common. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area for 15-20 minutes, then remove it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this cycle for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling.

4. Diet: Stick to soft, cold, and liquid foods for the first 24 hours. Avoid hot, spicy, and crunchy foods. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as you feel comfortable, but avoid chewing near the extraction site.

5. Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene but avoid rinsing or brushing near the extraction site for the first 24 hours. Afterward, gently rinse with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

6. Activity: Rest for the remainder of the day after the extraction. Avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours to prevent excessive bleeding.

7. Smoking and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 48 hours, as they can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

8. Medications: Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed to prevent infection.

9. Follow-up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your healing progress.

10. Complications: Contact your dentist immediately if you experience severe bleeding, excessive pain, fever, pus, or any other unusual symptoms.

Remember that everyone’s healing process is different. Follow these instructions carefully and consult your dentist if you have any concerns or questions regarding your recovery. Proper post-operative care will help ensure a successful and comfortable healing process after a dental extraction.

After A Deep Cleaning

Dental scaling and root planing are essential procedures for treating gum disease. To promote a smooth and successful recovery, follow these post-operative instructions:

1. Oral Hygiene: Continue with your regular oral hygiene routine but avoid brushing or flossing the treated areas for the first 24 hours to allow for healing. Afterward, gently brush and floss as directed by your dentist or dental hygienist.

2. Discomfort: You may experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity in the treated areas. Over-the-counter pain relievers or any prescribed medication can help manage this. Avoid aspirin.

3. Swelling: Some swelling is normal. Applying a cold compress to the cheeks for 15-20 minutes on and off can help reduce swelling during the first 24 hours.

4. Diet: Stick to soft and cool foods for the first day, avoiding hot, spicy, or crunchy items. Gradually reintroduce your regular diet as you become more comfortable.

5. Rinsing: Rinse your mouth gently with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day to aid healing and reduce bacteria.

6. Medications: Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed to prevent infection.

7. Smoking and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol for at least 48 hours, as they can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

8. Follow-Up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist or dental hygienist to monitor your healing and discuss any concerns.

9. Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: For a few days, steer clear of hard or sticky foods that could irritate the treated areas and potentially dislodge the healing tissue.

10. Oral Irrigation Devices: If recommended by your dentist, use oral irrigation devices as instructed to maintain good oral hygiene.

11. Complications: If you notice severe bleeding, persistent pain, fever, or any unusual symptoms, contact your dentist promptly.

Remember that proper post-operative care is vital for the success of your dental scaling and root planing procedure. Follow these instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery.