Post-Op Pain and Problems: When to see a Dentist

Most dentists cover the length of the procedure and any steps leading up to it. But what about recovery time? There are a few items to be aware of post dental treatment including infection pain, how to handle any residual pain, and how long you should follow the post-treatment instructions your doctor or surgeon gave you. Common post-operative concerns can include:

Infections and Bleeding

Some pain after a dental procedure is to be expected. But if the pain persists, or increases three days after the procedure, you might have an infection. Contact your dentist or surgeon if you are still in great pain three days after your dental treatment. Another problem that can occur after a dental treatment is excessive bleeding. Bleeding is common after a procedure. But if it continues for more than a few hours after the procedure is performed, you should contact your dentist. They may close the opening in your mouth with stitches or sutures if the wound keeps bleeding.

Residual Pain

There is often lingering pain after a dental treatment, and this is normal. Your dentist can prescribe you a pain medication to help ease the pain, or you can take an over-the-counter medication to help relieve the pain. Be careful to only take your medication as directed by your dentist. You should also consult your dentist before taking any over-the-counter medications along with any prescribed medications that you may have been given. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, finish it completely.

Post-Treatment Instructions

One of the most important things you should do after undergoing a dental treatment or procedure is to follow your dentist or surgeon’s instructions. Instructions include when to take pain medication, when to start eating, what foods you can and should eat, how and when you should change any bandages, and when to come back in for a check-up appointment after the procedure. Your dentist may tell you not to brush your teeth because your mouth may be too sensitive for normal oral hygiene practices. Your dentist knows what’s best for your mouth and wants it to heal appropriately. Therefore, following their instructions is important for your health.

Other Tips

It’s likely that parts of your jaw or face may be swollen for a few hours after your procedure. This is normal, but you can benefit from icing it. If the swelling hasn’t gone down after two or three days, contact your dentist to make sure everything is alright. Questions about your procedure or other services? Contact your provider at Capital Dental with any questions or concerns. Schedule an appointment today.

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