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Always wait two hours after any dental surgery before eating and to let anesthesia wear off to avoid soft tissue damage.

Root Canal

  • Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so the temporary filling completely sets.
  • Take the prescribed antibiotics as directed. If you experience increased pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary filling contact us immediately.

Scaling & Root Planing

  • Gums may be slightly sore and irritated for a few days.
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day to relieve pain and cleanse the area.
  • To avoid irritation gently brush and floss after the procedure.
  • If you experience any swelling or stiffness place a cold compress on the area. For any discomfort, take an over-the- counter pain reliever. If pain or swelling continues after a few days contact us.
  • Avoid hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery for proper healing.


  • Before you receive permanent veneers you will have a temporary restoration. Take care when cleaning and eating.
  • Gently brush the area and do not pull up on the tooth when flossing. It could become dislodged.
  • Avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary.
  • 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 saltwater rinse will help. If needed take an over-the- counter pain reliever.
  • The veneer may feel awkward for a few days while you adjust to the new tooth. That should only take less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal, contact us.
  • When brushing and flossing pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line

Extractions/Implant Surgery

  • Gauze will be applied to the area after the extraction and will need to be changed regularly. The site may bleed for a short time.
  • You will be given a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
  • When you return home rest, but do not lie flat as it may prolong the bleeding.
  • Use an ice pack for pain relief. If needed take an over-the- counter pain reliever.
  • If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, contact us.

Only eat soft foods for a few days after surgery.

Some recommendations:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • Do not use a straw
    This may loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process.
  • Do not smoke.
  • If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or feel that the extraction site is not healing properly, contact us.
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