Our Patient After Care Advice

Anaesthetic, if used, will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.

The following information will help prevent bleeding and soreness:

  • Do not rinse until the next morning to avoid disturbing the blood clot. Should bleeding occur carefully place a clean cotton bandage or handkerchief over the wound and apply gentle yet firm, pressure for 5- 10 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please contact the practice.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 12 hours as this will increase your blood pressure and hence increase the chances of bleeding from the wound.
  • Avoid hot fluids and hard chewy foods. Cool drinks and soft food will prevent injury to the wound.
  • Avoid smoking for 4 days to allow the wound to start to heal.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours as this can thin the blood and may start the wound to bleed.

After 24 hours:
Bathe the area with hot salt water 3 to 4 times a day. Hold this over the area for one minute, discard and repeat. The solution is made by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.

Post operative pain: It is common to experience pain after the anaesthetic has worn off. The dentist will advise you on pain relief before you leave the surgery.

General recommendations for cleaning dentures:

Unless your dentist tells you to leave your dentures in at night it is advisable to remove them.

General method of cleaning dentures is:

Clean over a filled sink or towel to avoid breakages if dropped.

Brush under cold running water before soaking to remove loosely adhering particles.

Soak in a cleanser.

Brush under running water after soaking to remove any remnants of the cleanser. Do not use hot water for either cleaning or soaking your dentures. It may distort, weaken or crack them.

Acrylic resin (plastic) dentures:

Rinse denture after every meal and remove debris by brushing with a soft toothbrush and a mildly abrasive denture paste.

If possible soak overnight in a denture cleaning solution for example neutral peroxide (Steradent) or alkaline (Dentural or Milton).

  • Avoid highly coloured food and drink for the first three hours after removing the trays.
  • Avoid carbonated and acidic drinks throughout the whitening period, these may make your teeth more sensitive.
  • Some sensitivity is to be expected but will settle down after a short period of time.
  • It is advisable to use sensodyne toothpaste in your trays if you suffer sensitivity.
  • The process may take three weeks or even longer for very dark areas.
  • Make sure the whitening gel is kept refrigerated.
  • The tray may need some adjustment if you suffer from specific areas of gum irritation.
  • To maintain the whiteness we recommend you whiten your teeth for one night every alternate month.

Anaesthetic, if used, will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.

Minor sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures or some soreness around the gum line may occur.

This can be alleviated by pain relief if required.

If the pain is persistent or you suffer from extreme sensitivity to pressure or temperatures, please contact us.

Please follow your interdental cleaning as described by the dentist as this will allow the gum around the crown or bridge work to stay healthy.

  • Anaesthetic, if used will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.
  • Minor discomfort may be experienced for a few days. Medications, if prescribed, should be used to relieve any discomfort.
  • Hot/Cold sensitivity should not be experienced. If temperature sensitivity persists, please contact the practice.
  • It is normal for the treated tooth to be somewhat sensitive to pressure. Usually this disappears after a few days. If extreme pressure, sensitivity persists beyond that period of time or if swelling occurs, please contact the practice.
  • It is important to keep follow up visits in order to maintain the success of treatment

The following information provides some useful tips to help aid the healing process of dental implants

Anaesthetic: The effects of local anaesthetic normally last 3-4 hours. To avoid damage to your tongue, cheeks and lips you should avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Also avoid hot drinks or food if you are very numb.

First and second week

Eating: avoid any excessive pressure onto the dental implants/dressing area. This is very important. You should only eat soft nutritious food for two weeks. Avoid hard sticky foods. Maintain a soft, high protein diet.

Avoid pushing your tongue near the dental implant area for at least 2-4 weeks

Medication: take antibiotics and pain relieving pills as prescribed. Finish the course of antibiotics. If you have a reaction to the medication, please telephone the practice. Only take painkillers when needed.

Hygiene: avoid brushing the area with the dressing and dental implant. Rinse with corsodyl mouthwash twice a day. This keeps the dental implant area clean and undisturbed.

Exercise: avoid physical exertion (i.e. sports, heavy lifting etc) as this can cause bleeding around the dental implant.

Alcohol: avoid alcohol for 2 weeks as this can affect the healing tissues around the dental implant.

Smoking: avoid smoking for 3 days before treatment and 2 weeks after, as this will also slow down the healing process around the dental implant.

Food and drink: avoid very hot drinks and spicy/acidic foods. Do not eat hard crusty foods as this can cause more pressure on the dental implant.

A surgical dressing will be placed around the dental implant area after surgery. This should remain in place for about two weeks.

Do not use a toothpick or touch the dental implant area with your tongue.

Ice packs: a cold ice pack should be applied externally over the dental implant area as much as possible for the first three days. This helps reduce swelling.

Denture wear: if you wear a denture, this will be relieved so that no pressure is applied to the dental implants(s). The denture is placed with a protective dressing and should not be removed for 2 weeks.

Third week

Lightly brush the dental implant area after the dressing has been removed (normally two weeks after the surgery) you can dip your toothbrush in corsodyl liquid and brush gently around the treated areas.

Fourth week

Resume normal cleaning around the dental implant.

Note it is very important that you maintain your oral hygiene and home care at a high standard to ensure no plaque builds up around the gums, and that you attend the regular check- up appointments. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions.