Postoperative Instructions

The postoperative period of recovery and healing is as important to the success of your dental treatment as any other element. It is imperative that you give yourself the time and care you need to heal completely. Our dentists, Dr. Hong, Dr. Fee, and Dr. Cho, are happy to give instructions and advice for the period following your procedure. If you have any questions during your recovery period, please call Philadelphia Dental Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, immediately.

Dental Bridges, Crowns, and Veneers

While your temporary veneers or crowns are in place, avoid eating hard foods like hard candies or crunchy snacks, as well as sticky or chewy foods like taffy and caramel. Also avoid these foods for at least 24 hours after your final restorations are placed. Clean around your temporary crowns and veneers, but be careful when you floss, as this may cause them to loosen. If a temporary restoration does become loose or falls out, contact our office as soon as possible.

Sensitivity to hot and cold foods is common while the temporary restorations are in place and for a time after the final restorations have been placed. Contact our office if sensitivity persists after six weeks. Practice proper oral hygiene, as bacteria can damage abutments and weaken cement over time.

Dental Fillings

Don’t eat anything until any numbness from anesthesia has worn off. Avoid sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods for at least 24 hours. If you experience sensitivity or soreness, it shouldn’t last longer than a few days. Call our office if this persists.

Dental Implants

After having oral surgery, light bleeding and swelling may occur. Apply a cold compress to your face near the treatment area to help reduce pain and swelling. Do not touch or probe the implant or the area surrounding it, including while brushing your teeth. Rinse with warm saltwater three times a day and take over-the-counter pain medication to control pain.

Avoid hearty exercise for 24 hours, and alcohol and tobacco for at least 48. Our dentist recommends that you observe a diet of liquids and soft foods for several days. Do not use a straw. Please call our office right away if you experience excessive pain or bleeding.

Tooth Extractions

Apply gauze to the area until any bleeding stops. Do not touch or touch the area. Any sutures used should dissolve on their own in 7 to 10 days. Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding.

Do not use a straw or brush, rinse, or spit during the first 24 hours. Avoid hot or spicy foods, tobacco, and carbonated or alcoholic drinks as well. For several days, observe a diet of liquids and soft foods and avoid strenuous activity. Rinse with warm saltwater three times a day.

Deep Cleaning

Your lips and gums may be numb for a few hours if anesthesia was used during the procedure. Deep cleaning causes little or no discomfort, but you can use over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.