Post-Operative Instructions

Implant Placement

  • It’s common to experience bleeding, swelling, and general discomfort for around 24 hours after the surgery. Bleeding can be tempered by biting on a gauze pad for thirty minutes at a time. Swelling is normal too and can be minimized by applying an ice bag periodically to the cheek closest to the affected area. Take all prescribed medication as instructed.
  • Only soft foods and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Hot food items should be avoided. Do not use a straw, as this could remove the blood clot and delay healing.
  • Make sure not to rinse or spit for the first twelve or so hours following surgery! This can lead to excessive bleeding. When you’re able to brush again, avoid the area affected by the surgery for two weeks; leaving the tissues undisturbed helps them heal quicker. Rinse gently and often with warm salt water, especially after meals.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least three days following the surgery.
  • Avoid smoking completely, as it tends to delay healing and the regeneration of tissue.
  • If you’ve had sutures placed following the surgery, don’t panic if they become loose or fall out before your check-up to have them removed; this is not a problem and you can ignore it.


  • After having a tooth extracted, it’s important for a blood clot to form so as to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If bleeding persists, use another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. This can be repeated additional times, if necessary.
  • In order to preserve the blood clot, do not rinse your mouth, drink through a straw, or spit for the first 24 hours after surgery. Do not brush on the day of surgery. However, you may resume gentle brushing and flossing the next day.
  • Only eat soft foods and liquids on the day of your surgery; it is recommended that you sustain this diet for 2-3 days afterwards as well. Avoid hot items and carbonated beverages, if at all possible.
  • If swelling and pain occur after the extraction, apply an ice bag or pack to the affected area. Take prescribed medication as directed.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid smoking completely, as it tends to delay healing and the regeneration of tissue.

Resin-Composite Fillings

  • If local anesthetic was used to numb the treated area, that numbness might last for several hours after the procedure. Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn if at all possible, as you can cause accidental damage to your tongue and lips this way. Once you’ve recovered, feel free to chew normally.
  • You may experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure after your procedure. Your gums may also be sore. These are normal conditions and should subside over time.

Crown Placement and/or Bridge Placement

  • Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. Before you receive you permanent restorations, you’ll be fitted for temporary ones. These may break if too much pressure is placed on them. If this happens, save the temporary piece and call our office immediately so it can be replaced as soon as possible. To avoid this, do not eat foods that are sticky or hard and try to chew food away from the temporary if possible.
  • When wearing temporaries, it’s all right to continue your normal brushing routine. However, be careful when flossing, as it can sometimes be difficult to maneuver it between a temporary piece and surrounding teeth.
  • You may experience sensitivity and soreness in the gums after the procedure. This should subside after a few days.
  • After the permanent restoration is placed, your bite may feel strange for a few days. You might also feel some slight pressure. If these symptoms don’t subside after three days, call our office at once; delaying adjustments may damage your teeth.

Periodontal Scaling

  • If local anesthetic was used during the procedure, as sense of numbness might last for several hours afterwards. Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn if at all possible, as you can cause accidental damage to your tongue and lips this way.
  • Be aware that as the gum tissue heals, teeth are often more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, as well as excessively sweet foods.
  • A diet of soft foods and liquids is recommended for the first couple of days following the procedure.
  • Remember that to ensure the continued health of your gum tissue, consistent and thorough oral hygiene needs to be practiced, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Root Canal Therapy

  • You may experience discomfort and sensitivity at first when pressure is put on the affected tooth after the procedure. You might also feel soreness in your gums. The healing process sometimes takes days, but these symptoms should subside gradually.
  • Be sure to take any medication that was prescribed to you and follow the instructions provided.
  • In most cases, a temporary restoration is provided after root canal treatment while a permanent one is constructed. Try not to bite on the affected tooth for an hour or so after treatment. Even after this time has passed, try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Continue brushing and flossing like normal.
Danita Bolin DDS

I practice dentistry with a passion and serve with integrity.

  • To treat you with respect and kindness.
  • To be respectful of your time, needs and concerns.
  • To provide quality treatment as I would for my own family.
  • To educate you about the relationship between your oral health and your total body health.
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Contact Us

McCart Family Dentistry

6801 McCart Ave., Suite B2
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Phone: (817) 423-9300

Office Hours

Appointments Only

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8am - 3pm
Wednesday: 8am - 3pm
Thursday: 8am - 3pm