Post Operation Instructions

There are going to be do’s and dont’s after every dental procedure. For minor procedures, such as a regular cleaning there may be little to no post operative instructions. For major procedures, including all surgical procedures, there are definitely instructions that need to be followed to allow for the optimal pain management and healing. Deviating from instructions may result in increased pain and delayed healing. 

Your dental home will typically give you post op instructions after your procedure. If you lose the instructions or didn’t receive any, first contact your doctor as they may have specific instructions tailored for you. 

We have compiled post op instructions for all dental procedures. These are going to be general instructions that will cover most procedures for most people. Our instructions are a good foundation for self care after a procedure in the event you have forgotten or lost the ones your doctor gave you.

Keep in mind the instructions your doctor gives you will always supersede the post op instructions given here. So always follow your doctor’s instructions over the ones given here. If you have any questions that need to be answered immediately, call your doctor. Online Dental Care is not responsible for any adverse outcomes.

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Medication Instructions


Please consult your doctor before taking any medications. It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions regarding your medications. If these instructions differ from your doctor's instructions, follow your doctor's instructions instead of these.
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Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)


Scaling and root planing, commonly known as a deep cleaning, represents a vital procedure in periodontal therapy and is considered the gold standard for periodontal disease.
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Dental Bleaching / Whitening


Dental bleaching, also known as teeth whitening, brightens your smile and boosts your confidence. To optimize results and minimize complications, follow these post-operative guidelines.
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Dental Crowns and Bridges


Most everyone will have some, or all of the following symptoms: bleeding, sensitivity in the teeth or gums, swelling, discomfort and bruising. It is hard to predict to what degree you may experience these symptoms.