Post-Op Instructions

During the first few days following an extraction or restorative treatment, we may ask that you follow some general guidelines for care. While some common recommendations are listed below, this is not intended as a replacement for the personalized care instructions our doctor will provide.


After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.

We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice packs as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.

For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.

For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.

Dental Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers

If you have a temporary dental crown, bridge, or veneer, take extra care with eating and oral hygiene. Temporary prosthodontics are not intended for permanent use, so they are more easily damaged or dislodged than your permanent crown, bridge, or veneer will be.

Additionally, you may experience some minor sensitivity for a few days after placement of your crown or bridge. You can rinse with warm salt water or use over-the-counter pain medications, if needed. If your discomfort is severe or lasts more than a few days, contact our office.

Composite fillings

Mild sensitivity is common for the first few days after your composite filling is placed. As with a dental crown or bridge, you can rinse with warm salt water or use over-the-counter medications for minor pain. If discomfort is intense or lasts more than a few days, contact our office.