At Dulwich Dental, our care extends beyond the time you spend in our clinic. Our staff are committed to providing you with the information and advice you need after your treatment. In many cases, our dentists may request some post-procedural check-ups to ensure that you are healing correctly and that your treatment is working effectively.
We’ll always give you with detailed post-treatment advice after you undergo any procedure any our clinic. If you’d like some general tips, however, you can find post-treatment and post-operative advice for common procedures below.
Following the placement of white fillings, we find that patients often ask “When can I eat?” In many cases, you can start eating once the anaesthesia or numbing agent has worn off. Just be aware that your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to different temperatures and pressure. While this is often normal, contact your dentist if the sensitivity persists after a couple of weeks or causes you serious discomfort.
You may experience numbness of lips, tongue and teeth after your visit. Avoid chewing until the numbness has passed. You can take over-the-counter pain medication in accordance with instructions and your GP’s advice. If the soreness persists after more than 1-2 days, please give us a call.
If you experience discomfort after your crown or bridge has been permanently seated, your bite may still need to be adjusted. We want your bite to be as comfortable as possible, so please call us for an adjustment if needed.
Some post-operative discomfort is not uncommon following the root canal treatment. Your tooth may feel slightly different or be more sensitive however this is normal during the natural healing process. If needed you can manage the discomfort with painkillers however it is important you follow the instructions on how to take the medication.
Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been fully restored; however, you can and should brush and floss as usual.
If you experience a throbbing sensation, we advise keeping your head elevated as much as possible by placing extra pillows under your head when lying down. We also advise avoiding strenuous activity throughout this period.
If any antibiotic medication has been prescribed for you to take after your root canal treatment, it is essential you take the medication for the entirety of the prescribed time. Should you develop a significant swelling, an allergic reaction to the medication or feel that your bite may be uneven, contact your dentist.
We advise against rinsing the area or chewing for 24 hours in order to promote the correct formation of the blood clot so the wound can heal.
Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 24 hours. In the case of some slight bleeding, use a gauze pad and apply pressure to the wound. Bite on the gauze for 15 minutes. Should the bleeding persist after 2 hours, contact your dentist.
You may experience some soreness after the surgery which you may be able to manage with a mild analgesic (pain relief medication). If your dentist prescribes medication such as an antibiotic, it is important to follow the instructions. To prevent or reduce swelling, an ice pack can be applied to the side of your face every 20 minutes.
Regular meals can be consumed immediately after surgery, but you may want to avoid food or beverage that is very hot or very cold. It is also important to remain hydrated.
A regular oral hygiene is essential to maintain your veneers. You may experience some initial sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, but this should subside once your teeth adjust to the veneers. At first, your teeth may feel a little strange as you adjust to your smile’s new additions. If you know that you tend to grind your teeth or clinch your jaw, be sure to inform your dentist beforehand as this can potentially cause wear and damage to your veneers.