Post-Operative Care

Dentist in Muskegon, MI

Dentist Muskegon

During the first few days following an extraction or restorative treatment, we may ask that you follow some general guidelines for care. While some common recommendations are listed below, this is not intended as a replacement for the personalized care instructions our doctor will provide.

After your extraction, you will require rest. We recommend that you lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding. Some bleeding is a normal part of the healing process during the first day.

We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.

For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.

For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.

Dental Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers
If you have a temporary dental crown, bridge, or veneer, take extra care with eating and oral hygiene. Temporary prosthodontics are not intended for permanent use, so they are more easily damaged or dislodged than your permanent crown, bridge, or veneer will be.

Additionally, you may experience some minor sensitivity for a few days after placement of your crown or bridge. You can rinse with warm salt water or use over-the-counter pain medications, if needed. If your discomfort is severe or lasts more than a few days, contact our office.

New Dentures
It is normal to experience some minor discomfort when adjusting to new dentures. Please keep your follow-up care appointments so that we can make minor adjustments to ensure that you will have a secure and comfortable fit.

Remove your dentures at night to allow your gums time to rest and heal. When out of your mouth, keep dentures submerged in water or denture cleaner. Thoroughly brush before wearing your dentures each day.

Composite fillings
Mild sensitivity is common for the first few days after your composite filling is placed. As with a dental crown or bridge, you can rinse with warm salt water or use over-the-counter medications for minor pain. If discomfort is intense or lasts more than a few days, contact our office.

Deep Cleaning
Periodontal Deep Cleaning, also known as scaling and planing, can cause minor irritation of your gums for a few days after treatment. Brush and floss gently and avoid chewy or crunchy foods near irritated areas. You can rinse with warm salt water to help promote healing and soothe irritation. If you experience swelling, use a cold compress on the area.

If swelling or discomfort last more than a few days, contact our office.