When you have dental work performed, you may think you’re done; when you walk out the dentist’s door, you’re good to go. However, aftercare treatment is a critical part of the healing process. Proper aftercare is necessary to ensure you achieve the desired results of your procedure. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your teeth and gums after a dental procedure:
We recommend taking 600 mg of ibuprofen after the dental procedure, even if you aren’t feeling any pain. After the initial dose, continue taking three over-the-counter tablets (600 mg total) if you feel any discomfort or ache. The ibuprofen reduces the inflammation and expedites healing.
2. Local Anesthetic
If the dentist used local anesthetic, it can take some time for the numbness to wear off. You want to be careful chewing and avoid drinking any hot liquids. Because of the anesthetic’s numbing effects, you could accidentally burn yourself or bite your tongue or cheek without knowing it.
3. Discomfort After a Procedure
If you’re feeling discomfort after a procedure, it’s normal. The discomfort should diminish over the next few weeks, but if the swelling or pain is too much to bear, contact our office immediately at (805) 295-8896.
4. Sensitive Gums
If your gums are sensitive after a procedure, a topical anesthetic can help. You can pick up Orajel Maximum Strength at a local drug store. This is a topical anesthetic that you apply directly to the gums and it can help alleviate the discomfort. We also recommend rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water; this helps heal the tissue and speed up the healing process. It’s good to take Ibuprofen as well.
5. Avoid Infection
After a dental procedure, you want to do your best to prevent an infection from developing. The best way to do this is to keep your mouth clean. If you had an extraction, avoid brushing your teeth for 24 hours, but after that, brush your teeth after every meal. You can also rinse your mouth out with warm water and salt four or five times a day, but do not do this any sooner than six hours after the surgery. DO NOT SWISH VIRGOROUSLY.
6. Resuming Eating
On the day of your dental procedure, do not eat sticky, hard or crunchy foods. Instead, eat soft foods, such as yogurt and cottage cheese. If you have to, consume soups or liquids for the day and nothing else. Do not suck anything from a straw because it can remove a blood clot, which is vital for the healing process. Also, avoid eating any spicy foods.