Dr. Patrick J. Walsh, DDS

Family Dentistry

105 Memorial Drive

Schwenksville, PA 19473

 

Ph: 610-287-7210 Fax:610-287-8340

Email: pjwalshdds@live.com

 

 

Fillings

 

  • Avoid chewing and drinking hot beverages until the dental anesthesia wears off.
  • Your new filling may be sensitive to hot and cold for a few weeks, particularly if you had a deep restoration.
  • Your gum tissue around the injection site may be sensitive for a few days.
  • A tooth with a new filling may feel different to your tongue for a few weeks.

 

 If your bite does not feel normal a week after the procedure, please give our office a call for an adjustment.

 




Temporary Crowns

  • Avoid chewing and drinking hot beverages until the dental anesthesia wears off.
  • Your gum tissue around the injection site may be sensitive for a few days.
  • Do not floss around your temporary crown or bridge.
  • Avoid chewing sticky foods and candies.
  • If a temporary crown comes loose, attempt to place the crown back on the tooth. In many cases it will stay on its own.
  • If it does not, place some denture adhesive cream inside the temporary crown and try again. In either case, please give our office a call to re-cement the crown properly.
  • Your temporary crown may be sensitive to hot, cold, or sweets.

 

A temporary is not the same size, shape or color as the final restoration; we will do our best to achieve an acceptable result.

 




Post Oral Surgery Instructions


 

As with any surgical procedure, some discomfort, swelling or bleeding might occur. These instructions will help you the first few days. Donít hesitate to call if you are concerned about the after effects of your dental procedure.

 

SOME BLEEDING IS COMMON: Bleeding is best controlled by the use of pressure. Bite on a moist piece of gauze or a tea bag. Place directly over the surgical site for a few minutes. Avoid vigorous rinsing, spitting or sucking through a straw the day of surgery because it may result in additional bleeding. If stitches have been used, they will usually be removed in a week. Avoid physical exertion for at least 48 hours.

 

MEDICATIONS: It is very important to take all you medications as directed. ANTIBIOTICS need to be taken on the schedule supplied. Be sure to finish the whole prescription to avoid more resistant bacteria which may grow back faster and stronger.

 

ICE PACKS: Ice packs can be applied to the face over the surgical area to reduce swelling and bleeding. For best results, apply the ice pack 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Never apply heat.

 

WHAT TO EAT: Choose soft non-spicy foods that are neither too hot nor too cold for a day or two. Avoid alcoholic beverages and please do not smoke. Resume a normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

 

CLEANING: Do not brush near the surgical area or use a non-prescription rinse for 24 hours because it may disturb healing. After 48 hours, rinse gently with warm salt water, three to 4 times daily. Clean the rest of your mouth normally.

 

DISCOMFORT: Some discomfort may be expected after a surgical procedure. The amount will depend on the extent and type of surgery performed. Use Ibuprofen (such as Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), or Acetaminophen (Tylenol), following package directions as needed. If the pain does not resolve please call the office. Moderate to severe discomfort may require a prescription medication. With a narcotic medication, do not drive or use dangerous machinery.

 

 

 




 

Endodontic (root canals) Post Operative Instructions


 

Please read these instructions carefully to fully understand the healing phase and to insure the proper success of this procedure for your tooth.

What should I expect following endodontic treatment?

Following root canal therapy, there may be some soreness in the area of the treated tooth and the injection site. This is in response to the body's natural healing process. In some cases, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort for 4-7 days. We recommend that you take 600-800mg of Ibuprofen (3-4 200mg of Advil or Motrin tablets) every 4-6 hours after the procedure as needed for pain. If you are unable to take Ibuprofen, you may take 1000mg Acetaminophen (two extra strength Tylenols) every 6 hours.

Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will help to prevent you from biting your check or tongue.

Avoid hard foods and hard substances on the treated tooth.

You may brush and floss your remaining teeth, but do not floss around the root canal tooth. In many cases this is due to the placement of a temporary filling material that will not allow flossing between the teeth. It is also not unusual for some of the temporary filling material to wear away. If you feel that the entire filling has come out, please contact us.

If swelling results following the endodontic procedure, antibiotics may be indicated. Please contact us for a prescription and follow the instructions on the bottle.

 

If you should experience an adverse reaction to the root canal procedure or to any medications, please feel free to contact our office.

 

 




Fluoride Varnish

 

 

To obtain the maximum benefit, we ask that you follow these recommendations after you leave our office:

  • Do NOT brush or floss for at least 4-6 hours
  • Eat a soft food diet during the treatment period
  • Avoid hot drinks and products containing alcohol (i.e: beverages, oral rinses, etc.) during the treatment period.

You will be able to feel the varnish on your teeth. At the completion of the treatment period, you may brush and floss to remove any remaining varnish.