Aftercare 2018-03-23T22:11:45+00:00

Aftercare Instructions

After your procedure there are a few ways you can help make sure your recovery time is minimal. Please click on the aftercare instructions below that pertain to your procedure for more information. Should you have any issues not addressed in our aftercare documents, please call our office at 503-667-0438.

Crown Preparation

 

  • You will leave with a temporary crown on the prepared tooth. Brush it as usual. Refrain from flossing around this tooth, however, as it may dislodge the temporary crown.

 

  • When the numbness wears off, your tooth may be sensitive to ice cold temperatures for a few days. Avoid these cold liquids and foods until the sensitivity subsides.

 

  • Your gum tissue around the tooth will be tender. Rinse with warm salt water (1 cup warm water + 1 teaspoon salt) several times a day until the tenderness is gone.

 

  • Pain should be minimal. Take an over-the-counter medicine if necessary (e.g., Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, etc.).

 

  • You can resume your normal diet as soon as the numbness wears off. Avoid eating extremely hard foods (e.g., corn nuts) or real sticky foods (e.g., taffy). These may break or dislodge your temporary crown.
Tooth Extraction

 

  • Bleeding – If necessary, keep pressure on the treatment site with gauze or a moistened tea bag. Change every 10 minutes until bleeding stops. No hot liquids or drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours. Keep activities to a minimum the first 24 hours.

 

  • Swelling – To minimize any potential swelling, place an ice bag (or a bag of frozen vegetables) on the treatment area for 20 minutes. Remove for 20 minutes. Repeat.

 

  • Pain – Pain varies from person to person. If you experience discomfort when the numbness wears off, either: Take the prescribed pain medicine that you were given, OR Take 2-4 (200mg each) Ibuprofen tablets combined with 1 (500mg) Extra-Strength Acetaminophen (e.g., Extra-Strength Tylenol) tablet. You can repeat 4 times in a 24 hour period. Notify Dr. Bennett should you experience lasting discomfort.

 

  • Oral Hygiene – Use a cotton swab as a “toothbrush” to keep plaque and debris away from the extraction site and adjacent teeth. Continue for two weeks or until you can comfortably use a toothbrush on the area. Rinse with warm salt water (1 cup of warm water + 1 teaspoon of salt) several times a day for 2 weeks. This will help with the healing process.

 

  • Smoking – Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Please refrain from smoking for 2 weeks following your treatment.

 

  • Diet – You can resume normal eating as soon as the numbness wears off. Avoid any hard “chippy” foods like chips, popcorn, and nuts for the next 3-4 days. Pieces of these foods are easily lodged into the tissue and could start a mild tissue infection.
Implant Placement

 

  • Bleeding – If necessary, keep pressure on the treatment site with gauze or a moistened tea bag. Change every 10 minutes until bleeding stops. No hot liquids or drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours. Keep activities to a minimum the first 24 hours.

 

  • Swelling – To minimize any potential swelling, place an ice bag (or a bag of frozen vegetables) on the treatment area for 20 minutes. Remove for 20 minutes. Repeat.

 

  • Pain – You should expect little to no pain. If necessary, take 2-4 (200mg each) Ibuprofen tablets combined with 1 (500mg) Extra-Strength Acetaminophen (e.g., Extra-Strength Tylenol) tablet. You can repeat 4 times in a 24 hour period. Notify Dr. Bennett should you experience lasting discomfort.

 

  • Antibiotics – Continue your antibiotic regimen (e.g., Penicillin, Clindamycin, etc.) as prescribed. This will minimize any chance of infection.

 

  • Oral Hygiene –Use a cotton swab as a “toothbrush” to keep plaque and debris away from the implant site. Wipe the site as well as the adjacent teeth, thoroughly. Continue for 2 weeks or until you can clean the area comfortably with a toothbrush and floss. Rinse every morning and evening with the antibacterial solution that you received at your appointment. Continue rinsing until the bottle is empty.

 

  • Smoking – Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Please refrain from smoking for 2 weeks following your appointment.

 

  • Diet – You can resume normal eating as soon as the numbness wears off. Avoid any hard “chippy” foods like chips, popcorn, and nuts for the next 3-4 days. Pieces of these foods are easily lodged into the tissue and could start a mild tissue infection.

 

  • For Multiple Implant Surgeries – maintain a soft food diet for the duration of the implant/bone integration period (3-6 months). Keep foods to a consistency no harder than well-cooked chicken or fish.
Periodontal/Deep Cleaning Appointment

 

  • Mouth care – Continue your daily brushing and flossing routine. Rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt + one cup of warm water). Continue for 1-2 weeks. The salt water rinses will help with the healing of any irritated gum tissue.

 

  • Discomfort – Discomfort varies from person to person. If you experience discomfort, take 2-4 (200mg each) Ibuprofen tablets combined with 1 (500mg) Extra-Strength Acetaminophen (e.g., Extra-Strength Tylenol) tablet. You can repeat 4 times in a 24 hour period. Notify Dr. Bennett if you experience lasting discomfort. Sensitivity to cold may occur for a few days. Refrain from drinking or eating ice cold products until the sensitivity is gone.

 

  • Smoking – Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Please refrain from smoking for 48 hours following your appointment.

 

  • Diet – You can resume normal eating as soon as the numbness wears off. Avoid any hard “chippy” foods like chips, popcorn, and nuts for the next 3-4 days. Pieces of these foods are easily lodged into the tissue and could start a mild tissue infection.

 

  • Continuous Care – It is very important that you continue your hygiene care at the interval time that your hygienist recommends (every 3, 4, or 6 months depending on the severity of your periodontal status). A deep cleaning is rarely required again as long your periodontal maintenance schedule is adhered to.
Soft Foods List

A soft foods diet uses foods that are soft and easy to chew or swallow. The food can be chopped, ground, mashed, pureed, or just cooked in a way to make it soft. Listed below are some soft food ideas:

Breakfast Ideas
Milk
Fruit Juices
Cream of Wheat
Scrambled Eggs
Oatmeal
Ensure®/Boost Drinks

Snack Ideas
Applesauce
Canned Fruits
Custards/Ice Cream/Milkshakes
Jell-O®
Pudding
Yogurt

Fresh Fruits
Bananas
Melons (very ripe)
Blueberries
Mangos
Papayas

Vegetables (very well cooked)
Avocado
Broccoli (heads only)
Potatoes
Carrots
Peas
Squash

Meats & Fish
Hamburger
Canned Salmon or Tuna
Chicken
Egg Salad
Tuna Salad
Any flaky fish
Deviled Ham

Cheeses
Soft Cream Cheese
Cottage Cheese
American Cheese
Cheese Spreads

Pastas
Any type, with or without sauce
Fettuccine
Macaroni, with or without cheese
Spaghetti and sauce

Soups
Any kind with out rice