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Post-Procedure Care

Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist regularly is an important step in maintaining your overall health. Here are some suggestions for your comfort after you leave the dental practice.

Procedures Requiring Anesthesia

If your procedure requires anesthesia that numb sensation should wear off within a few hours. As the numbness starts to go away you may feel some tingling before normal feeling returns. You may experience an ache or soreness at the injection site. What you usually take for headaches, minor aches and pain (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.) will relieve your discomfort. Until normal sensation returns be careful not to bite your lip, cheek, or tongue. Call your provider if pain persists

Pain or Swelling

Sometimes, the tooth or gums around the tooth may have mild pain or swelling for a few hours- this is also normal. Again, mild pain relievers will help.


A little bleeding of the gums may occur. Gentle rinsing and/or a cold compress (ice cube) should be sufficient (do not chew the ice cube). If bleeding persists more than a few hours, please contact us.

Bits and pieces

After fillings or crown or gum procedures, sometimes small bits of materials or cement may remain in the folds of your mouth. There is no harm if swallowed. Gentle rinsing should remove the pieces.


You may eat normally starting 30 minutes after you leave; be careful until numbness goes away. Because it takes up to 24 hours for some dental materials to set completely, try to avoid testing the site with sticky or hard foods for the rest of the day.

Follow-up Care

It is important that you plan either to finish the procedure (if multi visit) or schedule whatever follow-up procedure comes next. Remember to make an appointment.

For more detailed information about specific procedures, please click on the appropriate links below:

 Care After Extraction

Immediately following a surgical extraction of a tooth, it is very important to follow these instructions and tips:

  • After your procedure, place cold towels or an ice bath to your face for the first 6-8 hours. Apply for 15 minutes then remove for 15 minutes.
  • Do not rinse mouth until following day.
  • Do not brush your teeth until the following day.
  • On the morning following your procedure, rise mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times a day.
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.


  • It is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1-2 days. If bleeding occurs, place mist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30-45 minutes.
  • Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.


  • Slight swelling is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or ice bad for 15 minutes of each hour needed.


  • A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink lots of fluids.
  • No hot foods.
  • Return to office is symptoms develop.

Please follow these home Care Instructions Carefully

 Care After Fillings

Care Instructions after fillings

These symptoms are normal after getting a new filling:

  • Hot Sensitivity lasting a few days
  • Cold sensitivity lasting up to 8 weeks
  • Sensitivity to chewing lasting up to 8 weeks
  • After the numbness wears off, you may feel you are not biting correctly. If so, your bite may need an adjustment.
  • Chewing too soon on the tooth may cause small fractures that will affect the longevity of the restoration. In some cases the filling may even come out.
  • White fillings are hard right away so you can chew on them immediately. However, they may be sensitive for several weeks. This is normal.
  • Silver fillings are soft for the first 24 hours so it is recommended that you chew on the other side of the mouth.
  • If silver fillings were placed on both sides of the mouth it is recommended that you eat soft foods only.

Please call our mobile dental practice if you develop the following symptoms:

  • Hot sensitivity that lasts longer than a few weeks
  • Hot sensitivity that begins after the tooth has been asymptomatic or problem free for a period of time
  • Spontaneous pain that occurs anytime during the day or night
  • Swelling, either in the mouth or on the face
  • Cold sensitivity that lingers on for many minutes
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