We have provided post-op instructions for several common dental treatments on this page. Dr. Stacy Godes and our team will also provide these and other instructions while you are at our office. For more information or to schedule a follow-up appointment with our dentist in Solana Beach, California, call us today at 858-794-7768.

Do not eat for at least two hours or until the anesthesia has worn off.

Post-Op Instructions for Crowns

Dental CrownTemporary/Provisional Crowns
Temporary, or provisional, crowns and bridges are placed to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made. This temporary crown works to:

  • Prevent sensitivity
  • Prevent the tooth from shifting or moving
  • Prevent food and bacteria from collecting on the tooth.
  • Avoid chewing sticky or hard foods while wearing the temporary. You may brush normally, but when flossing, pull the thread through the contact rather than lifting up.

    If your temporary comes loose, slip it back on and contact our office so that we can re-cement it for you.

    Final Crown
    After the final restoration is placed, it may take you a few days to get used to the new crown. Please contact our office if your bite feels unbalanced or high or if you experience lasting discomfort.

    Sensitivity
    Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following treatment. This sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. You may use mild pain relievers or natural anti-inflammatories to alleviate tenderness. We recommend that you avoid extremely hot or cold beverages for a few days. You may also rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of water) to manage tenderness.

    Home Care
    Although crowns are very durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Please resume brushing and flossing regularly immediately after placement of the crown. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and balanced diet, you can increase the longevity of your new restoration and minimize your risk of tooth decay or other problems.

    Post-Op Instructions for Bridges

    Dental BridgeFinal Bridge
    After the final restoration is placed, it may take you a few days to get used to the new bridge. Please contact our office if your bite feels unbalanced or high or if you experience lasting discomfort.

    Sensitivity
    Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following treatment. This sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. You may use mild pain relievers or natural anti-inflammatories to alleviate tenderness. We recommend that you avoid extremely hot or cold beverages for a few days. You may also rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of water) to manage tenderness.

    Home Care
    Although bridges are very durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Please resume brushing and flossing regularly immediately after placement of the bridge. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and balanced diet, you can increase the longevity of your new restoration and minimize your risk of tooth decay or other problems.

    Post-Op Instructions for Dental Fillings

    Dental FillingYour lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after receiving a dental filling. Avoid chewing or drinking hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off to avoid accidentally biting or burning yourself.

    You may experience some tooth sensitivity or soreness after your treatment. This will subside within a few days. You may use mild pain relievers or natural anti-inflammatories to manage discomfort.

    You may chew on your fillings as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

    If your bite feels uneven or you experience persistent or increasing pain or sensitivity, please contact our office at once.

    Post Op Instructions for Tooth Extraction

    After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists still, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

    After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

    After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

    Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

    It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

    After a few days, you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Dr. Stacy Godes at 858-794-7768.