After-Care Instructions

Oral Surgery

After having oral surgery, you can expect bleeding or “oozing” within the first 12 to 24 hours as well as some swelling and discomfort within the first 5 days following the procedure. If bleeding persists, we recommend biting on gauze for at least 2 hours and avoiding excessive spitting or sucking. If bleeding becomes excessive and cannot be controlled, contact Dr. Banik immediately. In addition to taking any pain medication as directed we recommend avoiding smoking until the healing process is complete. Dr. Banik also asks patients to stay away from physical activity for at least 48 hours and maintain a healthy intake of soft foods and lots of liquids (at least 2 quarts a day). Swelling can be controlled with a cold compress used every half hour for the first 8 to 12 hours. If swelling continues to spread and become excessive after 48 hours, contact Dr. Banik immediately. In the days following your surgery, we also suggest:

  • Brushing teeth carefully, avoiding the surgery area for at least 3-5 days.
  • Rinsing with warm saltwater 3-5 times a day for 7 days after the surgery.
  • Taking ALL of your prescribed medication until it is finished.
  • If sutures were used, returning to our office in 5 to 7 days for removal.
  • Paying attention to any dry sockets that may develop (If they do, look to increase pain medication and if necessary contact our office).
  • Calling 911 immediately if patient becomes unconscious, has a serious reaction to medication, or cannot be wakened.

Root Canal Treatment

In the days following your root canal, you may experience some tenderness in the treatment area as well as in the jaw. Take any prescribed medication until its completion or regularly take any over-the-counter pain medications as needed. However, if severe pain or pressure lasts more than a few days, contact Dr. Banik immediately. We also recommend you contact us if you experience any visible swelling, an allergic reaction to medication, a return of your original symptoms, an uneven bite, or if you think your tooth filling has come out. Avoid eating until the numbness has worn off and be careful not to bite or chew on the treated teeth as you normally would.

Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

After undergoing a deep cleaning, you can expect some mild discomfort, soreness, or throbbing and possible bleeding in your gums especially after brushing. If pain and bleeding do not subside after several days or a boil of sorts begins to form on your gums, contact Dr. Banik immediately. Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes and/or sweets may also occur, in which case you may want to look into a desensitizing toothpaste.

In addition, within the first few days following your treatment, we recommend avoiding hard foods such as potato chips or raw vegetables as well as all hot foods and beverages for at least the first 2 days. Understand this treatment could also alter the appearance of your teeth by causing more space between teeth as inflamed gum tissue goes away and root surfaces may be more exposed. Please note that after receiving this treatment, we recommend returning in 4-6 weeks for re-evaluation and scheduling cleanings with us at least every 3-4 months the first year.

Temporary Crown/Bridge

After you receive your temporary crown/bridge you may experience some gum tenderness, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication as needed. If your temporary becomes loose or comes off at any time, please put it back into place as best you can and call our office immediately. It is extremely important the temporary remain on the tooth since the tooth can begin shifting back in a matter of hours. To avoid having your temporary crown/bridge pulled off, please avoid hard and chewy foods, including ice and gum. In addition, remember to floss around the temporary and contact the office if your bite begins to feel uneven.

Teeth Whitening

At Carolina Family Dentistry we ask that you carefully follow your whitening kit’s instructions as well as brush and floss thoroughly before each treatment for the best results. Possible side effects may include mild tooth sensitivity as well as gum irritation.

If gum irritation becomes severe, discontinue the gel and contact our office to see if your custom tray needs to be adjusted. We also ask that you keep your two-week follow-up appointment so Dr. Banik can asses your results and adjust your treatment if necessary. When you have finished your treatment, the color can sometimes be somewhat dramatic but will usually “tone down” over time. In addition, “touch up” treatments may be needed every 3-6 months and can usually be accomplished in just 1-2 treatments. It’s important to note that results will vary from patient to patient and existing fillings, crowns, and other dental additions will not whiten. We therefore recommend you meet with Dr. Banik to discuss if veneers or other restorations may help you in achieving the results you want.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

After you have gotten a filling, we ask that you wait 1-3 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off before eating. You may experience sensitivity and soreness for several days. Please take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as needed. If these problems significantly worsen or if you feel your bite is imbalanced, please call our office immediately.

Veneers, Crowns & Bridges

After your procedure you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum tenderness and inflammation, and soreness. These side effects could last several weeks, but if you feel there is a lack of improvement, contact our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

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