We hope to have always covered all post-operative advice at the time of treatment but to be on the safe side, and to support you, here you’ll find details of the expert advice our clinicians can offer you and your family for the aftercare of your dental and orthodontic treatment.
If you have had a local anaesthetic, it can take time to wear off. Your mouth, gums, and tongue will feel numb for a few hours after your filling. You may have difficulty talking, chewing and drinking. It’s also very normal to experience ‘pins & needles’ as the area begins to regain feeling.
Teeth can feel sensitive for the first few days after root canal treatment, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (use according to dosage instructions).
Crown, Bridge and Veneer
It’s usual for new restorations to feel slightly strange, a bit large, rough and possibly a bit sensitive but this will usually settle in two or three days. A little soreness around the gum is also very common but careful and thorough brushing will allow the gum to recover to a healthy, pink condition.
We will ensure all bleeding has stopped and that a clot has formed nicely before we discharge you. However, any further bleeding that occurs should normally stop within 15 minutes of the procedure. After a tooth has been removed it is normal for the extraction area to be sore for a few days.
It’s likely you’ll experience some sensitivity to hot & cold food and drink but this rapidly improves when the treatment has finished. Desensitising toothpaste and serums can be very effective at minimising discomfort and may be included in your teeth whitening protocol.
For the first 2 weeks after having a dental implant fitted, you must rinse the area with antiseptic mouthwash (which we will provide you with) morning and night for 1 minute. You’ll also need to rinse your mouth with warm salt water after every meal.