Post-op Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions for Temporary Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Please follow these instructions while you are awaiting your permanent crown or bridge. Do not hesitate to call the office should you have any questions about your temporary.

1. Avoid eating sticky foods (caramel, chewing gum, hard candy) on the side of the mouth with a temporary crown.

2. Do not floss the area around your temporary crown. Should you find it necessary to do so, pop your floss in between your teeth and then pull it out on the side. Do not pop the floss back out as it can cause the loss and/or damage of your temporary crown.

3. Your temporary plays an important role in protecting your tooth and holding the space for your permanent crown or bridge. Should it need recementing or become damaged please call our office during business hours and we will be happy to recement or repair it.

4. Should your temporary become uncemented on the weekend or while you are out of town, purchase temporary dental cement from a drugstore. Remove any cement left in the temporary and replace it with a "teardrop" amount of cement. Do not leave any cement on your gums.

5. It is normal to have significant changes in response to temperature and soreness at the injection site after dental restorations. This should subside within a few days and in some cases weeks. If your pain gets progressively worse or is causing more than mild discomfort, please call this office.

6. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is very effective for dental pain. Two to four tablets may be taken four times a day for the next 3-4 days (if needed) to help control the sensitivity in this area.

7. Should the gums around crown temporary crown become sensitive, rinse 4 times a day with a warm salt water solution (½ tsp salt to ½ cup water).


Post Operative or After Care Instruction For Pulpectomy or Pulpotomy

  • Your child should be able to resume routine activities as soon as possible
  • Monitor your child closely so that he/she does not bite their tongue, cheek or lips until the anesthesia effect wears off
  • Avoid eating until the numbness from the general anesthesia wears off. Typically, this takes about ONE to TWO hours
  • A temporary dental filling is placed to protect your treated tooth between appointments. It's common for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, please call our pediatric dentist so it can be replaced
  • Avoid eating, drinking water. gargling or rinsing for 30 minutes so as to not hamper the setting of the cement/Filling placed over the tooth
  • Avoid chewing food on the side of your mouth where the surgery was performed
  • Child should preferably have only soft diet like rice, kichidi, upma, idli, curd rice, soft roti/phulka or mashed vegetables for first 24-48 hours after the dental procedure. Avoid hard and hot food for 2-3 days
  • Avoid brushing the teeth on that area for that night post treatment. Continue brushing and flossing as normal from the next day
  • Make sure the child takes the prescribed medicines post treatment
  • NO HOT FOMENTATION/PACK over the area of treatment

Call us immediately if the child has any of these symptoms:

  • Increasing pain or pain that lasts more than a few days
  • Swelling
  • Increasing sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Inability to chew on the tooth
  • Allergic reaction to medication


Flexible dentures, like your own teeth, require care and good oral hygiene. To keep your flexible denture looking and feeling like new, please follow these simple directions:

1) Clean your flexible denture regularly.

2) Rinse your flexible denture under running water after eating to remove any food particles. A sonic denture cleaner may also be used.

3) Do NOT use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners, Listerine, etc. as they may breakdown or scratch the surface of the denture. Harsh products like bleach will turn the pink parts of your denture white.

4) Brushing your flexible denture is NOT recommended as this may remove the polish and roughen the surface over time.

5) Keep your flexible denture in water whenever it is not being worn to keep the surface hydrated.

6) Soak the appliance in denture cleaner for 10-15 minutes each day, or overnight at least three times per week if it collects heavy deposits of calculus/tartar.

7) Do NOT use boiling water, the dishwasher, or the microwave to clean or soak your dentures because it will warp them.

8) Remember to remove the appliance before brushing your natural teeth and gums or rinsing with mouthwash.

9) Please keep your regular dental appointments and remember to always bring your flexible denture with you for routine evaluation.

Thank you for trusting us with your dental care!

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.