Post Treatment Care in Clyde North

Take care of your smile with our post treatment care advice

We work hard to ensure that each and every patient is comfortable with the treatment process, and a great way to ease is to prepare for your post-surgical care before undergoing treatment. Here are some care instructions and outcomes you can refer what we discussed with you after your dental treatment with us.

Post Operative Instructions

Postoperative dental implant instructions:

After surgery

Post operative wisdom teeth removal instructions

The removal of impacted wisdom teeth is a difficult surgical procedure. Post operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully.

Special considerations following removal of wisdom teeth:

The removal of impacted wisdom teeth and surgical extraction of teeth is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal.

Care of mouth after surgery:

Post operative instructions: General Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, its important for a blood clot to form to stop bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on the gauze pack for 10min after the appointment. If there is still minimal bleeding insert another gauze pack and bite firmly for another 10min. if the bleeding is persistent and heavy then repost to dentist straight away or go to emergency clinic after hours.

Care of mouth after extraction after bleeding stopped:

How long does it take for the wound to close?

What is DRY Socket?

A dry socket can occur 3-5 days after extraction, due to the blood clot being washed out of the socket resulting in disruption of the normal healing process. This causes severe pain which may not subside with pain relief. You can avoid or minimize dry socket occurrence by following after care instructions and by avoiding smoking for at least 3-4 days after extraction.

If this occurs, we can help by place a dressing/medicament with clove oil that will alleviate the pain.

Should you experience this please call our office.

Post operative instructions: bone grafting

The following information applies when grafting material has been placed into the extraction sites to help preserve your jaw bone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the extracted tooth.

Your bone graft is made up of many particles. You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed; its normal to have some of them come out of the graft site and into your mouth. There are some things you could do to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged.

Post operative instructions for Root canal treatment

Root canal therapy can take few appointments to complete. After each appointment when anaesthetic has been used, your lips, tongue and teeth may feel numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing on the side of the treated tooth until numbness has completely worn off.

A temporary filling is placed by dentist to protect the tooth between appointments. Its common for a small portion of temporary filling wear off. If the filling breaks away and or falls off please call our office so it can be replaced.

To protect the tooth and help the temporary filling in place:

It is normal to experience some discomfort after a root canal therapy appointment, especially when chewing. Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to the treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort. This should subside within few days.

Flare up is a very rare complication and can occur in 5% of patients which results in severe pain /swelling after root canal treatment.

Should you experience severe discomfort that cannot be controlled with pain medication or should swelling develop, please call our office.

To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended by your dentist. if antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all the symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

If you were not prescribed a pain medication by us but are experiencing pian after your appointment, we recommend taking over the counter pain medication. We recommended ibuprofen or Panadol.

Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is placement of the indirect permanent restoration like crown and or onlay, depending on extent of loss of tooth structure. Delay in obtaining final restoration may result in fracture and /or possible loss of the tooth.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or have any other questions or concerns, please call our dental office.

Post operative care for veneers,crowns and bridges

Your anesthesia will wear off in 1-3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side until the anesthesia wears off.

Your tooth may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure after this procedure. Your gum tissue may also be tender. This is COMPLETELY normal. The more invasive the procedure, the more sensitivity you may experience. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure will cease after a few days to a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth and/or gums are continuing to feel better everything is fine

To reduce pain and swelling use warm salt water mouthwashes. Just dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in warm water for the perfect solution. You can also use medication if the pain becomes problematic. Nurofen and Panadol taken together are best western pain relief.


Temporary crowns are utilized for about 2-3 weeks while the more definitive crown, bridge and veneer is being customized for your tooth. The temporary protects the tooth and holds it position during the interim while the definitive crown, bridge or veneer is being hand crafted in the lab.

The temporary crown, bridge or veneer is fragile and will not be as strong as the definitive crown, bridge or a porcelain veneer.

It is extremely important for the temporary to remain on the tooth until we seat your crown, dental bridge or veneer. If your temporary becomes loose or comes off at any time, please call our office. Your tooth can shift within a few hours if your temporary is missing, which can inhibit the placement of your permanent crown, bridge or veneer.

Please note: In between appointments, avoid sticky foods like gum and lollies. You should also avoid chewing on the temporary crowns and bridges especially with hard foods. If you must indulge, use the other side of your mouth.

Rarely, the provisional crown can fall off. Is this happens, don’t just wait it out. You need to keep the provisional and visit your dentist so it can be re-cemented. Keeping the provisional in place is essential in creating the perfect fit for the final restoration.

Keeping up you’re at-home dental regime is essential. You need to brush as usual and ensure you keep the provisional free of any debris and bacteria. It is best to avoid flossing the temporary crown to prevent dislodgment.


The permanent crown is checked for fit and then cemented. It is not uncommon for the permanent crown to be hot/cold sensitive for several weeks afterwards and occasionally a few months. Once again, a balanced bite is important. Be sure to inform us if you have a “high” bite on any new crowns, bridges or veneers.

The cement will be its strongest within 24 hours so be careful not to chew on anything really tough or sticky on the newly cemented restorations.

Making Your Crowns and Bridges Last

It is important to floss the margins of crowns, bridges and veneers next to the gum line below the contact area to prevent periodontal (gum) disease and dental decay even with perfectly fitting crowns, bridges and veneers. Remember you can still get decay under a perfectly fitting crown, bridge and veneer if you do not use meticulous daily home care including brushing and FLOSSING daily.

Your decay potential is not reduced by having crowns or bridges, so please protect your investment by brushing, flossing and mouthwash each day, and attending 6 monthly active maintenance professional cleaning appointments.

Brushing twice a day is a non-negotiable, but you need to use the proper technique. That means holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and using circular motions to brush all the way up to and under the gum line. Flossing is essential, and you should wrap the length in a c-shape around each tooth and use a gentle sawing motion to clean all the way under the gum line.

Last, but not least, you need to be visiting your dentist at least once every six months. This allows your dentist to engage in active maintenance. This maintenance consists of thorough check-ups as well as professional cleans that remove plaque and tartar to protect your current installations and prevent you from needing any new ones in the future. This check-up will also allow your dentist to check the progress of the crown and make any minor adjustments before a major overhaul is required.

Occlusal Guards

Post care instructions: Invisalign /aligners

Invisalign /aligners ONLY works when you are wearing them. We recommend you wear your aligners 20-22 hours, day and night. The only time the aligners should be taken out is when you are eating and drinking something other than water, brushing and flossing, or cleaning them.


First place the aligners over your front teeth, and then use your fingers to push the aligner down gently over your molars. When aligners are correctly inserted, they will fit all the way down on the teeth, with no space between the top of the aligners and the top of the teeth. Aligners will fit tightly at first but should fit well at the end of the first week.

If the aligner is not fully in place, the teeth will not move properly and the next aligner will be even further off. This can waste many weeks of treatment and even cause starting over with possible additional fees

Wear each aligner for a minimum of one to two weeks, as directed by your doctor. It is very important that you never go to the next aligner in less than the directed amount of time. Even though it may seem that the current aligner is loose and no longer moving your teeth, it takes longer for the roots to catch up with the crown of the tooth.


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