Post-Op Instructions

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Read Our Instructions Following Your Operation

Following your surgery, it is very important to follow all post-op instructions to make sure you heal properly and avoid complications. For example, you should wait at least two hours to eat so any anesthesia wears off. After your procedure is complete, Dr. Woolbright, or one of our hygienists will give you complete instructions on how to properly recover.

Root Canal Therapy

You should expect soreness for a few days following a root canal procedure. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate that area and to ensure that the temporary restorative material sets properly. You will also be on antibiotics to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, an adverse reaction to the medication, or the loss of your temporary restoration (filling), call our office immediately at 812-752-5555. 

Crowns and Bridges

Before you receive your permanent crown or bridge, you will first get a temporary restoration. This restoration is not as sturdy as the permanent one, so you should be careful when cleaning your teeth or eating. Brush the area gently and don't pull up on the tooth when flossing as it could become dislodged. This also applies to eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary restoration in. 

You may have some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse can also help and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if you continue to feel pain. 

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed, it may feel awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in under a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, contact our office and let Dr. Woolbright know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth; so of course, you should brush and floss regularly. 
Gold bridge

White Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off from your fillings, your teeth will likely be sensitive. Avoid hot and cold food or drinks for the first few days. After this initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. Continue your normal dental hygiene routine to ensure that your fillings last for years to come. 
White filings

Scaling and Root Planing

After a scaling or root planing procedure, your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. If so, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp. of salt and 8 oz. of water) two to three times a day. This will relieve any pain and cleanse the area. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure but brush gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area, place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for the first two or three days after the surgery to ensure the area heals properly. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, call our office right away.
Dental procedure


Before you receive your permanent veneer, you'll receive a temporary restoration first. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so be careful while cleaning and eating. You should brush this area gently and not pull up on the tooth when flossing or eating. Also, avoid sticky or chewy foods during this time period. 

You may feel some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent veneer is placed. This is normal and will subside once your soft tissue fully heals. A warm salt water rinse will help the healing process and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not subside. 

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward in your mouth for a few days. However, it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, give us a call at 812-752-5555 to let us know. When brushing or flossing, pay close attention to the area between the veneer and the tooth at your gum line. 
Veneers treatment


After your surgery, you will need rest. You should be driven home by a friend or family member as you will still be under anesthesia. Expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while after your surgery. Gauze will be applied after surgery, which you will need to change when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, call our office. While resting at home, do not lie flat, as this could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when you are lying down. You will be prescribed pain medication, so if you become sore, take as directed. You can also use an ice pack to numb the pain. You may also be provided with a solution to clean the extraction site. 

You will be limited to soft foods or foods you can eat without chewing for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are: 
  • Gelatin
  • Ice cream
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pudding
  • Thin soups
  • Yogurt

When drinking, do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow down the clotting process. This also goes for smoking. If you have any prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or do not feel that the extraction site is healing properly, call Randol Woolbright, DDS PSC to schedule a follow-up.
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