** Please Follow These General Care Guidelines After Any Dental Procedure **

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For 24 hours, do not chew hard, sticky or chewy foods that might put stress on new dental work. Hard or sticky candies and aggressive chewing is liable to loosen sensitive restoration work or fresh dental work. Please take care to follow the explicit instructions from Dr. Vahid and his staff. They have your best interests at heart and their suggestions will keep you comfortable.

If you do experience pain or find you are having a dental emergency, please call our office immediately so we can recommend the best course of treatment. Of course, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 and proceed to the nearest hospital.

Crown and Bridge Aftercare
Crowns and bridges often take successive office visit to complete and before and after each one Dr. Vahid and his associates will inform you of what to expect. Tenderness and sensitivity with these procedures is common for a couple of days after treatment, but if it lasts longer than that or becomes especially troublesome, please contact our office.

If you had anesthesia, please try not to eat, chew or bite until the numbness has dissipated. If you have a temporary dental appliance or piece, avoid hard and crunchy foods and stick with soft, easy to chew foods. If temporary restorations become loose or damaged, call Dr. Vahid immediately.

After the installation of your final restoration, avoid challenging foods for about 24 hours so that dental adhesives can achieve 100% purchase. Do not be alarmed by mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods for a few weeks. If the feeling persists for more than six weeks, please contact Dr. Vahid’s office.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Fillings Aftercare
Numbness can cause patients to cause inadvertent damage to soft tissue by biting or chewing. Allow the numbness to wear off – do not eat or chew until you have regained feeling. Avoid hard or difficult to chew foods for 24 hours.

Do not be alarmed by mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If the feeling persists for more than a few days, please contact Dr. Vahid’s office.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Denture or Partial Aftercare

For a few days after receiving partials or dentures, you may experience discomfort. Often, it takes a few adjustments to achieve optimal fir, so please be patient.

A simple trick to help your mouth adjust is to practice reading aloud with your dentures in for a few minutes every day. Conversely, remove them at night for at least six hours of cleaning to give your mouth time to rest. Brush your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth lightly after removal.

In fact, oral care is essential for a healthy mouth with dentures or partials. Brush your teeth and surrounding tissues after a snack or meal and floss once a day before bed or of if you have dentures, clean them every day. Mouthwash is an effective rinsing aid and can help keep your mouth free from food particles.

Visit Dr. Vahid at least once a year for a denture or partial fit check.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Scaling and Root Planing Aftercare
Removal of plaque and tartar beneath the gum line is referred to as scaling and root planning therapy. These procedures are undertaken to improve excessive depth of periodontal pockets so the patient can floss and brush more effectively.

Do not chew, eat or consume hot foods or beverages for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Also avoid physical exercise and spicy food and alcohol during this time, too. Do not drink alcohol or smoke for at least 48 hours after the procedure. You will probably experience some oral bleeding but if it becomes excessive, please call Dr. Vahid.

Take over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil according to package instructions. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon in eight ounces water) three times a day. Brush and floss gently after soreness has dissipated. Take all medications that may have been prescribed for you as directed.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Root Canal Aftercare

Thirty minutes following your root canal, do not eat or drink anything and do not explore your mouth with your tongue; it is important that the bonding agents used for your procedure are have time to set.

If you were given prescriptions, have them filled immediately and take Tylenol or Advil every six to eight hours for discomfort and possible swelling. If these over the counter medications do not alleviate your pain, call Dr. Vahid’s office.

An ice pack may help alleviate swelling around the effected area; take care not to apply it directly to skin. Use it for 20 minutes then remove it for twenty minutes and so on for the next six to eight hours.

Once you are able to eat and drink again, take care not to eat hard or crunchy or sticky foods and to avoid every hot or cold beverages. The area may be more sensitive for some time so be prudent as you recover. 

You will need to return to the office within about one month to have your permanent appliance installed so the time between the root canal and then should be one of care and caution.

Discomfort can last up to a few weeks following the procedure so be careful and go slowly, erring on the side of caution. The more careful you are now, the better chance your mouth has to heal and the shorter your recovery time will be overall.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Dental Extraction Aftercare

After surgery, be sure to keep the gauze pad over the surgical area and apply pressure by biting down until bleeding stops. While bleeding is normal, if you feel is it excessive, please contact Dr. Vahid. Oozing and red saliva are common for about an hour after the procedure as are swelling around the face, surgical site and sometimes the eyes.

Swelling may not appear until the following day and may increase a few days after surgery. Minimize swelling with a cold compress applied near the extraction site on the face in an alternating pattern of 20 minutes on, twenty minutes off for the next 36 hours. After this time, moist heat applied to the site may be more effective in reduction of swelling.

Do not smoke, brush your teeth, suck on a straw or consume alcohol or carbonated beverages 24 hours after extraction.

The first days after surgery, consume a liquid and soft foods diet including such foods as smoothies, yogurt, juice and soup.

Avoid excessive activity the day after surgery and use caution as you return to your normal routine.

After the first day, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon per eight ounces water) three times daily.

Any required sutures will dissolve in a week to ten days without further assistance.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction (or 3rd Molar) Aftercare

After surgery, be sure to keep the gauze pad over the surgical area and apply pressure by biting down until bleeding stops. While bleeding is normal, if you feel is it excessive, please contact Dr. Vahid. Oozing and red saliva are common for about an hour after the procedure as are swelling around the face, surgical site and sometimes the eyes.

It is not uncommon to experience some dizziness as you get up after surgery and for a few days afterward. Sit up slowly and allow yourself time to adjust before walking.

Swelling may not appear until the following day and may increase a few days after surgery. Minimize swelling with a cold compress applied near the extraction site on the face in an alternating pattern of 20 minutes on, twenty minutes off for the next 36 hours. After this time, moist heat applied to the site may be more effective in reduction of swelling.

Do not smoke, brush your teeth, suck on a straw or consume alcohol or carbonated beverages 24 hours after extraction.

The first days after surgery, consume a liquid and soft foods diet including such foods as smoothies, yogurt, juice and soup.

Avoid excessive activity the day after surgery and use caution as you return to your normal routine.

After the first day, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon per eight ounces water) three times daily. Please do not use the irrigating syringe for approximately five days after surgery. After five days, fill it with warm water and salt and flush out the socket to remove any food particles or debris.

If you have been placed on pain medication other than over the counter Tylenol or Advil, do not drive, operate heavy equipment or engage in an activity that can harm you or others due to grogginess.

A dry socket is a common and possible complication of a wisdom tooth extraction and is caused by a blood clot becoming dislodged from the wall of the tooth socket. Symptoms include severe pain and throbbing at the surgical site, warm chin and adjacent teeth. If you have pain that does not respond to pain medication, this may be what you are experiencing. Please call Dr. Vahid if you suspect a dry socket.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Implant Surgery/Implant Aftercare
After surgery, be sure to keep the gauze pad over the surgical area and apply pressure by biting down until bleeding stops. While bleeding is normal, if you feel is it excessive, please contact Dr. Vahid. Oozing and red saliva are common for about an hour after the procedure as are swelling around the face, surgical site and sometimes the eyes.

Do not chew, eat or consume hot foods or beverages for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Also avoid physical exercise and spicy food and alcohol during this time, too. Do not drink alcohol or smoke for at least 48 hours after the procedure. You will probably experience some oral bleeding but if it becomes excessive, please call Dr. Vahid.

Take over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil according to package instructions. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon in eight ounces water) three times a day. Brush and floss gently after soreness has dissipated. Take all medications that may have been prescribed for you as directed.

Do not smoke, brush your teeth, suck on a straw or consume alcohol or carbonated beverages 24 hours after extraction.

The first days after surgery, consume a liquid and soft foods diet including such foods as smoothies, yogurt, juice and soup.

If you are still experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Soft Tissue Graft Aftercare

Take care not to disturb the affected area after your tissue graft. After surgery, be sure to keep the gauze pad over the surgical area and apply pressure by biting down until bleeding stops. While bleeding is normal, if you feel is it excessive, please contact Dr. Vahid.

Use mouth rinses as prescribed and take medication as indicated by Dr. Vahid and members of his team.

An ice pack may help alleviate swelling around the effected area; take care not to apply it directly to skin. Use it for 20 minutes then remove it for twenty minutes and so on for the next six to eight hours.

Once you are able to eat and drink again, take care not to eat hard or crunchy or sticky foods and to avoid every hot or cold beverages. The area may be more sensitive for some time so be prudent as you recover.  Drink plenty of water.

Avoid excessive activity the day after surgery and use caution as you return to your normal routine.

If you have a bandage, please leave it in place for the first 24 hours to ensure proper healing. Do not remove it: it will come off when ready. Once the bandage is removed, you can begin cleaning the wound gently by using a Q-tip swab dipped in mouth rinse.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Crown Lengthening Aftercare
Take care not to disturb the affected area after your crown lengthening procedure. Avoid forceful spitting or rinsing and take care to be gentle around the effected area.

An ice pack may help alleviate swelling around the effected area; take care not to apply it directly to skin. Use it for 20 minutes then remove it for twenty minutes and so on for the next six to eight hours.

Take over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil according to package instructions. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon in eight ounces water) three times a day. Brush and floss gently after soreness has dissipated. Take all medications that may have been prescribed for you as directed.

Do not return to your regular routine for a few days and avoid strenuous activity.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Osseous Surgery Aftercare
After osseous (or pocket depth reduction) surgery, be sure to keep the gauze pad over the surgical area and apply pressure by biting down until bleeding stops. While bleeding is normal, if you feel is it excessive, please contact Dr. Vahid. Oozing and red saliva are common for about an hour after the procedure as are swelling around the face, surgical site and sometimes the eyes.

An ice pack may help alleviate swelling around the effected area; take care not to apply it directly to skin. Use it for 20 minutes then remove it for twenty minutes and so on for the next six to eight hours. After 24 hours, discontinue the ice pack and instead use a warm pack and alternate it off and on for fifteen-minute intervals.

Avoid excessive activity the day after surgery and use caution as you return to your normal routine.

If you are experiencing pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.

Direct Sinus Lift Aftercare
It is important that you refrain from blowing your nose for about four weeks after surgery. Do not hold your nose as you sneeze and take all medicines, including decongestants, as prescribed.

Do not fly in a pressurized airplane or bear down when lifting. Engage in scuba diving, play musical instruments that require blowing or do anything else that increases oral or nasal pressure for at least a month after surgery.

Take special care to keep your mouth clean after surgery to aid the healing process and discourage infection. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon in eight ounces water) three times a day.

Brush gently with a soft manual toothbrush the evening of your procedure and continue twice a day from there on. The first days after surgery, consume a liquid and soft foods diet including such foods as smoothies, yogurt, juice and soup. Drink plenty of fluids and as you become more comfortable, gradually return to a normal diet.

An ice pack may help alleviate the normal swelling that may occur around the effected area during the first 48-72 hours after surgery. Use it for 20 minutes then remove it for twenty minutes and so on.

Severe or persistent nasal congestion or pain is a problem and you should notify Dr. Vahid immediately if you experience this.

If you are experiencing severe pain or have further questions, do not hesitate to call (201) 984-1770.