1. If a local anesthetic was used, avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue and cheeks.
2. Discomfort should subside with in four hours and definitely within a few days. Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight throbbing or aching and occasionally may be uncomfortable.
3. Acetaminophen or a non-aspirin analgesic should be taken as recommended to reduce discomfort. If tooth sensitivity persists, use a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate. If the sensitivity is severe or prolonged, contact Dr. Tall. A professional application of desensitizing agent may be required.
4. Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. The sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable the first several days and usually diminishes quickly. Application of a desensitizing fluoride may be recommended.
5. Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several times brushing but should steadily decrease.
6. As the gums heal, they may change their shape around the teeth. This is
normal as they tighten.
7. Chewing hard foods such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable. This should last only a few days. A nutritious diet of foods with a softer consistency is advised until chewing becomes more comfortable.
8. If gum tissues are tender, brush your teeth gently but thoroughly. Gentle brushing may take a little more time than normal. By the third to fourth day, normal oral hygiene techniques may be resumed.
9. Mouth rinsing is recommended with either an antimicrobial or warm salt-water rinse. Use of either of these rinses should be limited to two consecutive weeks.
10. If symptoms are sever or persistent, contact Dr. Tallís office without hesitation.