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Do You Have To Have a Dental Procedure? Suggestions for Self-Care

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a woman getting a dental examDental procedures take place every day all over the United States, and they help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. If you are about to have a dental procedure, here is some information on self-care before and after your dental procedure.

What Are Examples of Dental Procedures?

There are hundreds of types of dental procedures dentists do all the time. They can be simple procedures, such as fixing and filling a cavity, or they can be more difficult procedures, such as a root canal or a tooth reattachment.

Self- Care and Dental Procedures Before and After Oral Surgery

Before you undergo a dental procedure, read through any pre-procedure instructions the dentist gave you. For example, some patients need to take a course of oral antibiotics for a few days before surgery. Also, if you use tobacco, you need to ask the dentist whether you need to stop using it a few days before surgery. You also need to know that healing time is slower for dental patients who use tobacco.

The night before your procedure, you need to get sufficient rest because it will help your healing. Be sure that you have enough pillows so that you can lie down after your procedure without bruising yourself. You may even need to prop yourself up a bit in bed.

After your procedure, there may be aftercare instructions from your dentist. Make sure you follow your instructions as closely as possible. These instructions might include applying ice packs to keep swelling down and to relieve pain. Speaking of pain, you may want to take pain relievers on a regular basis for the first day after your procedure if you need it. Do not let your pain levels get too high before you take medication.

Also, be careful with what you eat and drink. Do not drink overly warm or overly cold foods because they may increase your pain levels. Eat a soft diet for a couple of days after your procedure as well to reduce pain and swelling.

If you need more information about how dental procedures work in our office, we can help. Contact our office today for an appointment.
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