The postoperative healing and recovery period is as important to the success of your procedure as any other element. It is important to give yourself the time and care you need to fully heal. Dr. Cho, Dr. Hayat, and Dr. Reisner have some basic instructions and recommendations for the period following your procedure. If you have any questions during your recovery time, please call Alpha Dental Spa at our Cinnaminson, New Jersey, office right away.

Dental Bridges, Crowns, and Veneers

Avoid eating excessively hard food, such as hard candies or crunchy snacks, and sticky or chewy foods, like taffy and caramel, throughout the time your temporary veneers or crowns are in place. You should also avoid them for at least 24 hours after placement of final restorations. Continue cleaning around temporary veneers and crowns, but be careful when you floss as this may cause them to become loose. If they do come loose or fall out, you need to contact us immediately.

You may feel extra sensitivity to hot and cold foods while your temporary restorations are in place and for a time after the final restorations have been placed. Temporary mild sensitivity is common, but you should contact us if it persists for more than six weeks. Be sure to maintain proper oral hygiene, as bacteria can still damage abutments and weaken cement over time.

Dental Fillings

Don’t eat anything until any residual numbness has worn off, and avoid sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods for 24 hours. Extra sensitivity or soreness shouldn’t last longer than a few days. Call our office if these persist.

Dental Implants

Following oral surgery, light bleeding and swelling are common. Using a cold compress on your face near the area of treatment can help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not touch or probe the implant or surrounding area, including while brushing. Use a warm saltwater rinse three times a day, and control pain with over-the-counter pain medication.

Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours, and tobacco and alcohol for at least 48. We also recommend that a diet of liquids and soft foods be observed for several days. Don’t use a straw. If you experience excessive pain or bleeding, please call our office right away.

Dentures

You may experience some discomfort for a few days, and dentures often require several adjustments to fit comfortably. One helpful way to adjust is to read aloud for a while every day.

Dentures should be removed at night to be cleaned. Your gums also need the time to rest. You should brush your gums and the roof of your mouth gently, as food particles can become trapped between them and your dentures and cause irritation. Many people find denture adhesive helpful in both attaching dentures to their gums and keeping food particles out.

Tooth Extractions

Keep gauze placed over the area until any bleeding stops. Do not touch or prod the area. If sutures were used, they should dissolve on their own in 7 to 10 days. Call us if you experience excessive bleeding.

During the 24 hours following your procedure, don’t use a straw or brush, rinse, or spit. You should also avoid hot or spicy foods, tobacco, and carbonated or alcoholic drinks. Maintain a diet of liquids and soft foods for several days, and avoid strenuous activity. Using a warm saltwater rinse three times a day can be beneficial as well.

Root Canals

A tooth treated with a root canal may be sore for a few days. This discomfort can be eased with over-the-counter pain medicine. Avoid chewing on the tooth until the permanent crown has been placed.

Deep Cleaning

If anesthesia was used for your scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) procedure, your lips and gums may be numb for a few hours. This procedure causes little or no discomfort, but you can use over-the-counter pain medicine if needed.