What to Expect After Your Treatment?
After your procedure has been completed, your dentist will discuss some of the finer details with you. However, many patients want to know what they should expect in the days following their procedure.
Many patients experience a variety of symptoms, but commonly, light bleeding, swelling, and mild soreness are typical. If you experience discomfort or swelling, it is possible to use medication that has been prescribed by your dentist, or an over the counter pain medication. Many patients find that simply using ice packs is enough to alleviate the pain.
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication, and it is important to take that prescription as directed. Additionally, you will be prescribed an antibiotic to ensure that no infection can affect the work that has just been completed.
For the first three days following your procedure, you will need to adhere to a liquid diet. For the following four days, you can graduate to foods that are soft and mushy. This includes foods like scrambled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, and ICE CREAM!
As you eat and begin to eat more solid foods, you should also try to chew foods on the side of your mouth that was not treated. This allows the gums to better heal without having the interference of foods, or the stress of chewing placed on the teeth.
Your dentist will help you understand how you should change your dental routine, but typically, you should not brush or floss the targeted area for 14 days. For this reason, it is very important to keep the rest of your mouth clean. Areas that were not treated can resume normal brushing and flossing after the procedure.
One of the most important pieces of advice is to follow up with your dental appointments. Many patients feel that if things are feeling okay that they can miss appointments. However, as your mouth heals, it is important to catch any issues as soon as they appear so that you don’t undermine the entire process. Schedule and keep all your follow up appointments.