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Our recommendations for you after any one of the following treatments:
1.Keep direct pressure on the extraction site. Keep the gauze in your mouth for 30 minutes. You will be given extra gauze. Bleeding from the extraction site may take up to 3 hours to stop. Keep pressure onto the site if bleeding persists. Bite on a tea bag if the site persists in "oozing".
2. Avoid smoking or sucking through a straw for the next 24 hours, as suction may dislodge the blood clot.
3. Leave the extraction site alone for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours you may rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon per 8oz of water). This can be done several times a day for the next few days.
4. If necessary take your preferred over the counter pain medication. Do not take aspirin, as this may increase the time for the bleeding to stop.
5. An ice pack may be used to reduce the swelling. Use only 20 minutes per hour and not more than 3 times a day.
6. Please call the office if you experience uncontrolled bleeding; rapid swelling, or an elevated temperature (fever).
What instructions do I need after periodontal (gum) treatment?
A: For pain or discomfort you may use over the counter pain medications.
It is advisable for the first 24 hours to eat soft food, and avoid any hard or spicy food that could cause irritation.
Drink plenty of water during the first 24 hours - at least 8 glasses are recommended.
On the morning after treatment rinse mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon in 8oz of water). repeat this several times daily for 2 days. Brush teeth gently to remove plaque that starts to form. We suggest a fluoridated toothpaste.
Don't use toothpicks, floss, or electric toothbrushes until the day after treatment. Begin gently at first. Because it is very common for periodontal disease to recur, patients should have check-ups to monitor progress, and prevent recurrence by complying with periodontal maintenance appointments.
1. Leave the site alone for at least 24 hours. Use the Peridex mouth rinse as directed. You may also use warm salty water (one teaspoon of salt in an 802 glass of warm water). This can be done several times a day for the next few days.
2. If necessary take your preferred over the counter pain medication.
3. An ice pack may be used to reduce swelling. Use 20 mins per hour.
4. Please call the office if you experience uncontrolled bleeding, worsening pain, rapid swelling, or an elevated temperature (fever).
Inflammation of the pulp and the jaw bone around the root is common in teeth requiring root canal therapy and is the primary cause of pain. Removal of the pulp will eliminate the cause of the pulpal inflammation. Inflammation may still be present ih the jawbone as a result of the diseased pulp or from instrumentation required to remove the pulp. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and Aspirin are effective in reducing this inflammation and pain. The inflammation will also reduce in time as your body recovers from the procedure. This may take 1-3 days.
If you have an infection associated with a diseased pulp an antibiotic may be prescribed. Swelling from infection should decrease in 1-2 days. Please take all antibiotics as directed!
Please call us if any of the following occur:
1. Pain medication seems to be inadequate.
2. Swelling worsens if taking an antibiotic or starts if no antibiotic prescribed.
3. Complete loss of temporary filling in tooth opening before root canal therapy completed.
What should I do after I have a filling?
When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
It’s normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment . Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (put a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling.
Don’t chew hard foods or chew directly on your new silver or tooth colored composite restoration for twenty-four hours. If possible, chew on the other side of your mouth.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.
Using Peridex Mouth Rinse:
Rinse with Peridex twice a day; once after breakfast and once before bedtime;
1. Pour Peridex into measuring cap to the "fill" line (or a tablespoon may be used.)
2. Swish in mouth vigorously for one minute.
3. Rid mouth of Peridex over a sink.
4. Do not eat or drink for 2 hours. Avoid soft drinks because the acid will remove the Peridex.
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