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Madison Family Dental Care | Post-Op Instructions in Madison, CT

Madison Family Dental Care

149 Durham Rd, Suite #29
Madison, CT 06443

(203) 245-1410

We are committed to keeping you safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic!

At Madison Family Dental care, we are doing everything we can to keep you safe during this difficult time. 

-Social distancing is important!  Our new protocols ensure that patients will avoid contact with each other as much as possible. Patients wait in their cars instead of in the waiting room and are met at the door by our dedicated staff when they are able to enter without coming into contact with other patients.

-We are taking our temperatures every morning….and we will take yours when you arrive!  In addition to screening ourselves for any signs of illness, we are screening every patient before they enter our operatories to make sure that they are symptom free and that they have not travelled or been in contact with anyone who is ill in the past 14 days. 

-We are keeping things clean!  We thoroughly clean and sanitize both the operatories and the office after each patient…including the front desk area, the restroom, door handles, and all other surfaces that patients might come into contact with.

-We are reducing the number of patients we see each day.  We have reorganized our schedule to ensure that we have at least 15 minutes between patients to clean and sanitize properly.  In addition, we have moved to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule to ensure that we have time between working days to thoroughly clean.   

-We are wearing personal protective equipment.  Our front office staff is masked, and Dr. Bell, his assistant, and the hygienists are equipped with N-95 masks, face shields, and full-length gowns that are changed before and after they see you.

-We are keeping the air you breath clean.  Dental procedures create aerosols that can potentially spread illness.  Because of this, it is important that we control the production of these aerosols and keep the air that you breath in our office clean.  To do this we have implemented the following:

-we have installed UV filters in our ducts

-we have converted our operatories into negative pressure rooms that are continually filtering the air. 

-We have installed Medical-grade air purifiers in each operatory and throughout the office.

-We have installed extraoral high-speed evacuators that vacuum aerosols out of the air as they are produced.

Post-Op Instructions
 

It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication, or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling) call your dentist immediately.

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown/bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) 2-3 times a day. This will relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for 2-3 days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days contact your dentist.

Veneers

Before you receive your permanent veneer you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural tooth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. When brushing and flossing you should pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at the gum line.

Extractions

After the surgery you will need to rest. You need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and other food you can eat without chewing.


When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.

 
 
Madison, CT Dentist | Post-Op Instructions. Jeremy Bell is a Madison, CT Dentist.