Postoperative Instructions

The healing and recovery period after a procedure is as important to the success of your treatment as any other part. Give yourself time to heal. Our dentists, Dr. Kang and Dr. Cho, have some basic instructions and advice to make your recovery period as successful as possible. If you have any questions or concerns during recovery, please call Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates in Fairless Hill, Pennsylvania, right away.

Dental Bridges, Crowns, and Veneers

Steer clear of hard, sticky, or chewy foods while your temporary crowns or veneers are in place. Also avoid these types of foods for at least 24 hours after your final restorations are placed. You should continue cleaning around your temporary restorations, but take extra care when flossing, as this may cause them to become loose. If a temporary restoration does become loose or falls out, contact our office immediately.

Extra tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is normal while your temporary restorations are in place and for a short time after the final restoration has been place. If sensitivity persists for more than six weeks, contact our office. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene since bacteria can cause damage to abutments and weaken cement over time.

Dental Fillings

Do not eat until any numbness has worn off and avoid sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods for at least 24 hours. Any sensitivity and soreness shouldn’t last more than a few days. Call our office if discomfort persists.

Dental Implants

After oral surgery, light bleeding and swelling is normal. Place a cold compress on your face near the treatment area to reduce pain and swelling. Do not touch or probe the implant or the area around it, including while brushing your teeth. Rinse with warm saltwater three times a day and use over-the-counter pain medication to control pain.

Avoid rigorous exercise for at least 24 hours, and alcohol and tobacco for 48. Keep a diet of liquids and soft foods for several days. Do not use a straw. If you have excessive pain or bleeding, call of our office immediately.


Experiencing some discomfort for a few days is normal. Dentures often require several adjustments before they fit comfortably. To help yourself adjust to your dentures, read aloud every day.

Remove your dentures at night to clean them and to give your gums time to rest. Gently brush your gums and the roof of your mouth, as food particles can become trapped between them and your dentures and cause irritation. You may find denture adhesive helpful in attaching dentures and keeping food particles out.

Tooth Extractions

Place gauze over the area until any bleeding stops. Do not prod or touch the extraction area. If sutures were used, they should dissolve on their own in 7 to 10 days. Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding.

Root Canals

A tooth that was treated with a root canal may be sore for a few days. Ease any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medicine. Avoid chewing on the tooth until your permanent crown has been placed.

Deep Cleaning

If anesthesia was used for your deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) procedure, your lips and gums may be numb for a few ours. Deep cleaning causes little or no discomfort, but feel free to use over-the-counter pain medication if needed.