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Post-Procedure Instructions

Gum Therapy

If you have some soreness following the procedure, you can take some Advil (ibuprofen). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also an option. Please CLICK HERE for additional tips and instructions.

Please note: Do not take these medications if you are allergic to them or have been told by a medical professional not to take them. Take as recommended according to the medication package. 

Extractions

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Root Canal

Following this procedure, you may experience several days of discomfort – similar to a bruise on your arm. Avoid putting pressure in the area for several days to allow for healing. Medication is only necessary if Dr. Elkhechen prescribes something for you. Otherwise, if you have any discomfort, you can take some Advil (ibuprofen). 

Please note: Do not take these medications if you are allergic to them or have been told by a medical professional not to take them. Take as recommended according to the medication package. 

If Dr. Elkhechen has placed a temporary restoration on your tooth, please be careful not to chew hard or very sticky foods as this may dislodge the restoration. If the temporary restoration gets loose or comes out, do not worry. Just give us a call and we will schedule you to come in so we can take care of that for you. Dental Patient Post Procedure | Dentist Loxahatchee | Dr. Elkhechen

Dental Implant

Following the placement of an implant, you might experience mild discomfort from the gums healing, but not from the implant itself. If a tooth was removed at the same appointment when the implant was placed, then any discomfort felt will be due to the healing process that occurs at the site where the tooth was removed.

After placement of an implant, you will likely not see anything in that area. The only element that you may notice is a small titanium healing cover that sits at or just below the gumline. This piece protects the implant that is underneath, but you will not see anything else. This piece will not be visible in your smile especially in the back. If you have an implant placed in the front of your mouth, then you will likely have a temporary tooth placed in the area so you can smile without seeing any part of the implant.  If you feel something come loose, don't worry – it is just the small healing cover over the implant. If this occurs, call us immediately and we'll get you in to tighten the healing cover. 

Bone Graft

Following the placement of bone grafting material, you may experience some discomfort because this procedure is usually done when a tooth is removed. Any discomfort experienced will likely be from the area healing following tooth removal. A small mesh or plug is used to protect the material. You will have several sutures at the site to cover and protect the grafting material. 

Try to avoid pressure in the area as much as possible for the first week. Avoid smoking or forceful swishing for 48 hours. Make sure to continue brushing your teeth in the rest of your mouth after two days of healing, but avoid brushing the teeth directly next to where the grafting material was placed in order to not disturb the sutures holding the grafting material in place.

If you notice the sutures coming loose, don't worry – this tends to happen over the next week following the procedure. If this occurs, just give us a call and we can schedule a time for you to come in so we can take a look at it. Also, don't be alarmed if you notice some little particles around the grafting site following the procedure. There will always be some residual grafting particles and food particles that can linger in the area after eating. But, of course, do not hesitate to call us if you are unsure about something and want us to take a look at it!

Temporary Crowns

Brush and floss like normal. You can also chew food normally; however, you should avoid very hard foods and sticky foods (like gummy bears) that can dislodge the temporary crown. If you notice your temporary crown has come loose, do not worry. Just give us a call and we will be more than happy to see you to temporarily cement the crown back on.

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