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Post-Op Procedures

Temporary Crown or Bridge Tooth Removal

Your decision to preserve your tooth and entire dentition with a permanent crown or fixed bridge is a wise one. These restorations restore and protect your teeth so they can function normally. They prevent the collapse of the dental arch, improve chewing ability, comfort, speech and appearance.

Today, your Doctor and dental assistant, have prepared your tooth/teeth so that a dental laboratory can fabricate a custom, permanent crown or bridge (porcelain or gold) to protect and restore your tooth. While this is taking place, you will have a plastic, temporary crown or bridge that will protect the prepared tooth and allow you to eat and function in relative comfort. In about two weeks your permanent crown or bridge will be returned from the dental laboratory, ready to be permanently bonded on your tooth/teeth.

During this time, there are a few considerations and instructions to follow with your temporary:

  1. Your tooth/teeth will normally be sensitive for the first few days.
  2. Do not eat hard foods (pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, etc.).
  3. Avoid sweets and sugars.
  4. Avoid very hot and very cold foods.
  5. Do not chew gum or very sticky foods.
  6. Floss and brush the temporary very gently twice a day.

Finally, if your temporary should become loose or dislodged, place some toothpaste or denture adhesive inside the crown and place it back on your tooth. Or, you may call our office to have it recemented at no charge when it is convenient for you. If you should have any problems or questions before your next scheduled visit, please call us. The doctor and staff are always ready to help!


Telephone: 440.886.1916

Tooth Removal

For minor bleeding, bite on a cotton gauze pad for 15 minutes, using constant pressure. Expect some oozing and red discoloration of your saliva. If the bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for 10 minutes. Should your attempts to control bleeding fail, please call our office.

For pain and swelling, place an ice pack (ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel works best) over the area — 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off — for 1 hour. Use pain medication as prescribed by our office, or an over-the-counter medication that also works well is Aleve. Take 2 tablets every 12 hours. If taking a narcotic, avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery.

Drink cool liquids only until the anesthetic wears off. For the first 24 hours following the oral surgery procedure, go on a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid both hot liquids and hot foods (including spicy) for 24 hours.

Avoid rinsing in the area of the wound. A blood clot is forming in the extraction site which will turn into fibrous tissue and then into bone.

Avoid smoking, alcohol drinks and drinking through a straw as these activities could disturb the blood clot within the first 48 hours following the procedure. If the blood clot is disturbed or lost, a “dry socket” could develop. This condition is extremely painful, and will require additional treatments to promote healing.

Post-treatment care is important to hasten healing and recovery. Please expect some swelling, stiffness and discomfort. If these problems become excessive, call our office at 886-1916 to speak with the doctor.

24 Hours After Surgery

  1. Return to a normal diet (soft foods gradually increasing to harder ones).
  2. Resume normal oral hygiene procedures. Rinse gently with warm salt water (½ teaspoon salt in a medium glass of water) 4 times a day to promote healing and to keep the area clean. Do not use your toothbrush in the surgery area for 3 days or until the sutures have been removed.
  3. Call our office if you have questions or concerns.

    Telephone: 440.886.1916

5885 State Rd
Parma OH 44134
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