After Treatment Care

Here at Elite Dental of Staten Island we want to ensure your healing occurs fast and effectively.

Please follow the post-operative directions of each treatment outlined below and contact us if you have any questions.

Whitening and BRITESMILE

Instructions following these procedures are simple. Please allow the teeth to rehydrate after these procedures, we ask the patient to refrain from smoking, consuming coffee, tea, red wine, and juices with dark color for 48 hours.

Patients will sometimes experience 12 – 24 hours of sensitivity to cold and heat on some teeth after the procedure. This is normal. High Fluoride concentration toothpastes can help to alleviate these symptoms, which almost always disappear within 24 hours.

Mild throbbing is a more unusual post treatment possibility, and this is relieved with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. This rarely lasts more than 6 hours post treatment.

Composite Fillings

You may eat immediately after this treatment since composite materials set completely during the procedure. It is often wise to wait until any effects of the local anesthesia have worn off. Some patients may experience sensitivity to chewing for a day or two after the procedure. If the filling is near the nerve of the tooth, a few hours of throbbing is normal and this can be alleviated with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Porcelain Veneers

Eating and resuming all normal functions can be done immediately after the effects of local anesthesia have worn off. There may be some sensitivity to hot and cold liquids and foods for a few days. High Fluoride concentration toothpastes can alleviate these symptoms. Minimal discomfort may occur for up to 24 hours after placement, although this is not a frequent occurrence. This also can be alleviated with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Composite Bonding

Post treatment instructions and symptoms are the same as for Porcelain Veneers. Normal activities may begin immediately. Sensitivity to hot and cold liquids may persist for a few days. High Fluoride toothpastes will relieve this symptom. Any minimal discomfort that occurs is usually for 24 hours or less. Symptoms can be relieved with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Extractions

After extraction, mild discomfort and some slight oozing of blood are normal immediately after surgery. Firm biting pressure on gauze for 10 minutes will normally stop any oozing. We ask our patients not to rinse for 24 hours after extraction. Rinsing will cause more bleeding. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or any prescribed analgesics can be used for pain relief. The use of ice for 24 hours after extraction will prevent most swelling from occurring.

Hygienist and Non-Surgical Periodontal Visits

We encourage our patients to begin normal brushing and flossing immediately after their visit with our Hygienists. On the rare occasion that the gums are sensitive or sore after the visit, the use of analgesics such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen is appropriate.

Placement of Atridox or Arestin

For our patients that had the antibiotic preparations of either Atridox or Arestin placed into periodontal pockets during their visit, we ask that those areas not be flossed for one week. There are no other restrictions or instructions necessary. Patients do not generally experience any discomfort in these areas.

Root Canal Therapy

Sensitivity to chewing pressure and mild post-operative discomfort are common after root canal therapy. The use of analgesics such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen usually works well to alleviate any of these symptoms. If any other symptoms arise, such as swelling, please contact one of the Doctors immediately.

Removable Dentures and Partials

It is not uncommon for there to be irritated or sore spots under newly placed removable Dentures or Partial Dentures. These areas can easily be adjusted during a short visit to the office. If these irritations occur, please call us for a visit.

If you have any questions regarding after care, please contact Elite Dental of Staten Island at 718 370 1200. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be delighted to assist you.