Post Care Treatment

Dentists of Dandenong provide detailed care instruction packs. It is very important to follow all instructions provided.

It would be best to ask any questions about your post-op care while at the practice. The dentist and staff can address your questions directly.

If you are unable to locate your care instructions or have further questions, you can find your answers below below.

If you still have any questions please contact us direct at (03) 9791 9688

Root Canal Treatment

The mouth is a sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra aftercare of the operation area.

After each stage of a root canal treatment, a few precautions should be taken:

  • Until your root canal procedure is completely finished and the permanent filling or crown is in place, it’s best to chew on the opposite side.
  • After each appointment, the tooth may feel tender and/or sensitive for a few days due to natural tissue inflammation. This can usually be controlled Paracetamol or iBuprofen.
  • If the temporary filling comes out before your appointment. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible to avoid bacterial infection in the canal space.

Once the permanent crown or filling is placed at the last appointment, you may eat, drink and clean your teeth as you did before.

If you have any queries, or if the temporary filling comes off, please contact us on (03)97919688

Extractions

After any extraction, the healing process begins immediately. The body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket and forms a blood clot. This acts as a framework for the later growth of new bone and new gum tissue in the area of the extraction.

As the normal inflammatory process continues, some soreness and swelling can be expected

Care Instructions

  • Apply direct pressure to the site, by firmly biting on a folded gauze pad. If the bleeding persists during the next few days, bite firmly on one of the gauze pads provided for 15-30mins.
  • Apply ice packs to your face on the side of the extraction to help control swelling.
  • A soft diet for the first few days after extraction will help to minimise irritation to the site.
  • Take pain-reducing medication as needed. This may be over-the-counter medicine or a specific prescription, depending on your situation.
  • Warm salt water rinses, 4 – 5 times a day, starting 24 hours after the extraction. This keeps the area clean and reduce the soreness.

What not to do

Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after an extraction. Smoking will interfere with early healing, cause persistent bleeding, infection, and other problems.

Do not rinse or spit for the first 24 hours. You do not want to dislodge the blood clot.

Do not chew anything hard or crunchy in the area for 6 – 8 weeks. Do not brush your teeth in the immediate area of the extraction for the first 24 hours. Then, be a little gentle for the first few days to avoid trauma to the area. It’s very important to brush and floss normally everywhere else, and keep your mouth as clean as possible.

If you have any queries please contact us (03)97919688

Crowns and Bridge

The mouth is an extremely sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra aftercare of the area of operation.

Upon leaving after the first visit, if you have a temporary dental crown on your tooth/teeth, a few precautions should be taken:

  • Avoid sticky or chewy foods (e.g. chewing gum, toffees), which have the potential of pulling the crown off.
  • Shift the bulk of your chewing to the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods which can dislodge or break the crown.
  • When cleaning your teeth, slide the floss out to the side, rather than lifting it up between the teeth.

You may eat immediately after the anaesthetic wears off. However, you may experience some sensitivity around the tooth for up to a week, which can be relieved with toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Once the permanent crown is cemented on, you may eat, drink and clean your teeth just like you did before.

If you have any queries, or if the temporary crown comes off, please contact us on (03)97919688

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