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Post-Op Instructions- Hardy Smiles

Post-Op Instructions

At Hardy Smiles, our doctor and team want to make sure that your visit and treatment are successful. In order to help you recover properly, we will provide you with post-op instructions in Louisburg, North Carolina. If you have questions or a concern after your appointment, call us today to schedule a follow-up visit with Dr. James Hardy.

When you complete any procedure at our office, our doctor and team will provide you with instructions on how to care for the treated area properly and about what you can expect to experience post-treatment. Some of these instructions have been provided below. If you have any questions about our post-op instructions, please contact our office.

Dental Crowns and Bridges Post-Op Care

After you have received a dental crown or bridge, do not eat for at least two hours or until the anesthesia has worn off.

You may have had a temporary crown or bridge placed while your final restoration was being created. This temporary protects your exposed teeth and prevents them from shifting or moving. Avoid chewing on sticky foods such as gum or caramels, as they can dislodge the temporary restoration. You may brush your teeth normally, but make sure to pull the floss through rather than lifting up so as to not dislodge the temporary. If your temporary comes off, you can slip it back on and call our office so that we can re-cement it for you.

You may also experience some sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and beverages after your treatment. This is normal. You can take a mild pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil, or rinse with warm saltwater (half-teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces water) to relieve this discomfort.
After your final crown has been placed, continue to brush and floss normally. If your bite feels unbalanced, call and make an appointment with our team for an adjustment.

Dentures Post-Op Care

Your dentures may feel awkward at first. Your speech may seem altered, and you may feel that your mouth is too full. As you adjust to wearing your appliance, these problems will subside. Most new dentures require a period of “breaking in” while you adjust to them. This adjustment period varies between patients.
Make sure to care for your dentures by cleaning them after each meal with a soft brush and cleaning paste or soapy water. You should also remove your dentures for at least six hours each day to give your gums a rest — for example, remove them when you go to sleep at night. During this time, place your dentures in a small tub of water to prevent them from drying out. At least once a week, use a cleaning solution instead.
Your dentures should be checked at least once annually so that they can be adjusted to any changes in your mouth and receive routine maintenance. If you have problems with your dentures, contact our office immediately to make an appointment.

Tooth Extractions Post-Op Care

After you have had a tooth extracted, you will have an initial healing period of one to two weeks. Below are some instructions to help you recover following your procedure.


It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours after surgery. If heavier bleeding occurs, you may:


Bony Fragments

You may notice some bony fragments in the area of the surgery. This is normal and will resorb on its own. Please remember that it may take a few months for the bone fragments to resorb.

Pain or Swelling

It is normal to experience some degree of discomfort and swelling within the first 24 hours. You may place an ice pack on the area over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time for the first 36 hours following your extraction. Intervals of 20-30 minutes on and 20-30 minutes off should be followed.


If you were given an antibiotic prescription, take all medication as directed until it is gone. Women: some antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use alternate birth control methods for two months.


After leaving he office, rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. Keeping your blood pressure lower will reduce bleeding and aid healing.

Follow-Up Appointments

You may need to return to the office to have sutures removed or for a brief follow-up healing check. Our team will help schedule this appointment.


While you are still numb:
Soft Foods After Numbness is Gone:
You should start with a softer diet for the first 24-48 hours after your surgery. If the surgical site feels a little better you can progress to a normal diet as you feel comfortable. Avoid eating on the side of the surgical site until it has healed.

Dental Fillings Post-Op Care

After receiving a dental filling, refrain from eating for at least two hours or until anesthesia has worn off.
You will experience some sensitivity for a few days following treatment. Avoid hot and cold foods and beverages during that time. If your gums are tender, rinse them with warm saltwater (half-teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of water) or take a mild pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil.
Resume regular brushing and flossing immediately to keep your teeth healthy, prevent cavities and ensure the longevity of your dental fillings.

Dental Veneers Post-Op Care

Dental veneers usually require some removal of tooth structure, which means that you will need to take care between appointments to care for your teeth and ensure your treatment goes as planned.
During both appointments, you will receive a local anesthetic. Once you get home, do not eat for about two hours or until the anesthetic has worn off. You will also experience some tooth sensitivity, especially to cold, following treatment. Avoid hot or cold beverages for the first few days and use mild pain relievers to help manage any pain.
  • Temporaries – Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth for protection after your first appointment. While wearing your temporaries, avoid sticky foods and floss gently to avoid dislodging the temporary veneers. If a temporary does come off, please call our office so that we can replace it for you.
  • Post-Placement – It may take several days to get used to your veneers after they have been placed. If your bite still feels unbalanced after a few days, please call our office and make an appointment for an adjustment. Resume brushing and flossing as normal immediately to maintain a healthy mouth and increase the longevity of your restoration.

Gum Surgery Post-Op Care

Caring for your mouth properly following gum surgery is critical to the success of your procedure. After your treatment we recommend that you:

Scaling and Root Planing Post-Op Care

In the first 24 hours after your procedure, you should avoid:

We also recommend that you:

Root Canal Treatment Post-Op Care

After your root canal treatment, do not eat for at least two hours or until any anesthesia has worn off. Your treated tooth will be sore, so you should avoid hard and chewy foods until discomfort subsides. This typically takes seven to 10 days.
Take all antibiotics and medications as prescribed. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact our office:

Teeth Whitening Post-Op Care

The first 48 hours after completing a professional teeth whitening treatment are crucial to maximizing the impact of the treatment on your smile.
You should avoid eating or drinking foods and beverages that stain, such as:
We also recommend that you:
You may also experience some sensitivity for the first 24 hours after treatment. This sensitivity should subside after 24 hours.

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