Post-Op Instructions


Caring for Your Dentures

  • Dentures can break, so always clean your dentures over a sink that has been filled with water – just in case they accidentally slip out of your hands.
  • Rinse your dentures thoroughly to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. NEVER use hot water – it can warp your denture.
  • Apply denture cleaner/toothpaste to a moistened denture brush or a toothbrush.
  • Brush all surfaces throughly.
  • Rinse dentures well under water to remove all of the cleaner.
  • While you sleep at night, soak your dentures in water or cleaner.
  • Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Then reinsert your dentures.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

Caring for Your Permanent Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

  • Take Ibuprofen as directed for discomfort
  • Brush and floss as normal
  • Avoid eating and chewing at least one hour to allow the permanent cement to set
  • If sensitivity to heat, cold, or pressure occurs, use desensitizing toothpaste

Experiencing soreness for several days is normal. Please contact our office if your bite feels uneven, you have persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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 this 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.