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RL Davison, DDS | Post-Op Instructions in Albuquerque

5900 Cubero NE Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 883-6111

Post-Op Instructions
RL Davison, DDS in Albuquerque NM


It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery ( ANY TREATMENT) to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your  treatment we, will give you full instructions on how to properly take care of yourself. 

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call us immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know as soon as possible.. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly. 

Fillings (Bonding) 
You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing
After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the soreness.

  • For the next three to four days, keep your diet to soft foods.  Be sure to brush and floss (gently) daily.  It is best not to smoke during this time, and, always better to cease smoking permanently as smoking increase the risk for gum disease.
  • Extractions

    After an extraction, you want to take care of yourself.  It is best not to work the next day if possible.  Also, you should not excercise for 3 days.  You want the clot in the socket to stay for protection and healing. 

    For the day of the extraction and the next 3 days:

    --- Do not drink through a straw. 

    --- Do not force spit or form a vaccum in your mouth.  This will disrupt the clot.

    --- Do not smoke.

    Day after the extraction:

    ---Rinse with salt water (1tsp in an 8oz glass of warm water) four times per day and contiune for the next 3 days

    ---Diet should be liquid diet for first 3 days then soft foods for the next 4 days.

    RL Davison, DDS in Albuquerque NM
    RL Davison, DDS in Albuquerque NM
    Albuquerque Dentist | Post-Op Instructions. Rick Davison is a Albuquerque Dentist.