Dr. Kenneth A. Gilbert

1275 McConnell Drive,Suite G

Decatur, GA 30033

(404) 325-7664

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Post Operation Information

  cosmetic reconstruction  |  crown and bridge   |  tooth extraction
composite fillings   |  endodontic surgery

Cosmetic Reconstruction Post Op Instructions

It will take a little bit of time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days – you’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation which should subside within a week.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity and your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours) should reduce any discomfort.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work as well as regular dental check-ups.

To protect your new teeth, avoid hard foods and substances (such as nuts, pencils and fingernails) and sticky candies. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such a coffee, wine and berries.

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Crown and Bridge Post Op Instructions

Crowns and bridges usually take more than one appointment to complete. In the first visit the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while your custom restoration is being made. Your tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don't pull up on the floss as it may dislodge the temporary crown. If your temporary crown falls off, call our office immediately so we may re-cement it.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used to alleviate any tenderness.

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Tooth Extraction Post Op Instructions

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We ask that you bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment to aid in this process. If the bleeding persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes and repeat as needed.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours it will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the face near the extraction area will minimize swelling. Take pain medications as prescribed. Swelling will usually subside after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed and call our office if you are still experiencing pain. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods on the day of the extraction. You may introduce normal foods as your comfort allows.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine of brushing and flossing after 24 hours. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

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Composite Fillings Post Op Instructions

Your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after filling treatments. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off to avoid inadvertently biting or burning your tongue and lips.

It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours) should reduce any discomfort.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain or if sensitivity to hot or cold increases, please contact our office.

Endodontic Surgery Post Op Instructions

Moderate swelling is normal following endodontic surgery. To minimize swelling and discomfort, please an ice pack over the affected area 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the remainder of the day. Only use ice for the first 24 hours following surgery. Keep your head elevated for the first two nights after surgery by sleeping on two pillows.

A cold liquid diet is recommended for remainder of the day (e.g. jello, ice-cream, yogurt, nutrition shakes.) Avoid hot foods and drinks.

To control bleeding, do not rinse your mouth for 4-6 hours following surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 days as it will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding.
Discomfort may be severe, especially if surgery has been extensive. Two hours after surgery take 2 ibuprofen (Advil) plus 1 extra-strength Tylenol and repeat every 4 hours for 48 hours. If you cannot take ibuprofen, take two extra-strength Tylenol every 4 hours for 48 hours.

It is important to keep your mouth clean. Rinse gently starting before bedtime the day of surgery. Thereafter, rinse twice a day with a teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water for 30 seconds and twice per day with an anti-bacterial mouthwash (e.g. Listerine) for 30 seconds. Brush and floss those teeth where surgery was not performed. DO NOT BRUSH in the surgical area for 24 hours.

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