After tooth extractions, you can anticipate some discomfort and interruption in your normal routine. I suggest staying on top of the discomfort by taking the prescribed medication by the clock for the first 24 hours and then as needed after this time period.
With regards to diet, it is best to avoid crunchy, chewy foods for the first 2-3 days to prevent trauma or infection to the surgical area. Appropriate foods are milkshakes or smoothies (please do not use a straw), yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, warm (not hot) soups, well-cooked pasta, (not spaghetti), complete meal replacement drinks such as “Ensure” or “Boost”, and plenty of juice and water. Avoid foods such as chewy meats, salads, granola-type cereals, berries with small seeds and chewy breads, with or without grains or seeds.
Oral hygiene is even more important after an extraction so continue to brush and floss! Warm salt water is excellent to gently rinse around the socket to clean any food debris. Start rinsing the day following your extraction. If you smoke, please refrain from smoking for at least 24 hours after the surgery or you may get a "dry socket" which is very painful. Keep in mind that a lower jaw extraction is typically more difficult to keep clean than an upper one due to chewing function and gravity.
Salt water mouth rinse recipe: approximately 1/2 teaspoon of table salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water used 2-3 times per day for approximately 3-5 days, starting the day following your extraction.
**If the extraction area does not feel better by the third day after tooth was removed please make an appointment to get the area checked.
Crown and Bridgework
After your crown or bridge preparation appointment you will be wearing a temporary crown/bridge until the permanent one is ready for cementation. Your temporary should feel comfortable to bite on and not interrupt your normal biting pattern. It is important to avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods with the temporary or it may be dislodged. It is important for the fit of your new permanent crown/bridge and for tooth sensitivity that you replace it if possible. Your temporary is like a puzzle piece and will only comfortably fit the prepared tooth one way. If you can manage, add a little bit of vasoline and replace it. If you are having difficulties or if the temporary is lost or broken please call our office to make an appointment asap. Please let us know if your prepared tooth has been sensitive in any way while you were waiting for your permanent crown/bridge.
In our office, we place many types of filling materials, depending on what patients prefer, what insurance plans pay for or preferably what is most appropriate for you and your particular issue. Regardless of filling material, if you feel pain, continued sensitivity or that the bite is off after a filling appointment please call our office immediately to have it addressed.