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Post Op Instructions


Temporary Crowns   

  • Avoid sticky or hard foods.
  • Carefully floss area as directed by the dentist.
  • If your temporary crown comes off, it is important to have it placed back on immediately.
  • If your crown is not placed back on, you can get movement of the adjacent teeth and the gum tissue.
  • Warm salt-water rinses can help keep the gum tissue clean around your temporary crown.

Permanent Crowns

  • The first 24 hours following placement of your permanent crown, avoid any hard or sticky foods to allow the cement to fully set.
  • Floss and brush normally.
  • It is normal to initially have a small amount of temperature sensitivity, but if it is prolonged, it is important to have the crown checked.
  • If your permanent crown ever comes off, it is important to have the crown re-cemented immediately to avoid changes that could prevent the crown from being replaced.



  • Try to wear your new denture/partial as much as you can. You may only be able to wear it a few hours a day at first as you get used it.
  • If you develop a sore area, contact us immediately so we can adjust the denture/partial.
  • Warm salt-water rinses can help any sore areas you may develop.
  • Make sure you remove your partial when you brush your teeth.
  • Rinse your denture/partial after eating.
  • Place your denture/partial in clean water every night. It is important to give your gum tissue time to rest.
  • Keep your denture/partial away from dogs and cats, as they can eat and destroy the appliance.
  • Wearing a denture/partial requires time and patience to get used to your new appliance.


Root Canals

Following your root canal treatment appointment, your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days to a week. If there was pain or infection before the procedure, it may take longer for your symptoms to subside. If pain worsens, and/or swelling develops, please call our office.  Here are a few instructions that can help the healing process:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve post-procedure discomfort.
  • Rinse with warm salt water after every meal to relieve gum irritation.
  • Eat soft foods for a few days following treatment.

You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been restored with a permanent filling and/or crown. Failure to do so can result in fracturing the tooth and possible need for extraction.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment is completed. Although root canal treatment is highly successful, there is a 5-15% chance the tooth may not completely heal, and you may need further treatment with a specialist.


Tooth Extraction

  • Upon leaving the dental office following an extraction, your gauze packing should be held in place, with light and consistent pressure, for 1 hour.
  • When the gauze packing is removed, it is normal to taste blood and/or to see blood on the gauze.
  • If bleeding is persistent from the extraction site, reapply gauze packing for a second 30-minute period. During that 30-minute period, restrict your conversation and physical activity.
  • During the first 8 hours, to aid in the control of swelling, ice packs or cold towels may be applied to the face over the extraction site at 15 minute on and off intervals.
  • DO NOT RINSE your mouth for 24 hours following the extraction. Rinsing may dislodge the blood clot and result in abnormal bleeding.
  • Beginning the day after the procedure, the mouth should be gently rinsed with warm salt water, 3-4 times a day for 7-10 days. (1/2 teaspoon per 8-ounce glass of water).
  • DO NOT SMOKE, use tobacco products or alcohol of any kind for at least 48 hours following the extraction. 
  • DO NOT USE a STRAW for 24 hours.
  • Diet should be restricted to soft foods.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid any carbonated beverages.
  • A clean mouth will heal much more quickly, so maintain normal gentle brushing.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication (ibuprofen, acetaminophen) as needed for pain.
  • If an antibiotic or a prescription pain medication has been given, follow the instructions EXACTLY as directed by the doctor.
  • Healing: The first two days after an extraction are the most uncomfortable. You will see gradual, steady improvement over the following days.
  • It is normal to feel sharp edges in the extraction site, as these may be small slivers of bone working themselves out.
  • If sutures were placed, these will come out or dissolve on their own in 3-5 days.
  • By following these instructions carefully, most complications can be avoided. If a problem or question should arise, please call Corning Dental Associates at 607-937-534.


At Home Whitening Instructions

  • Brush and floss your teeth normally.
  • Apply a very small amount of whitening gel on the inside/front of each tooth in the whitening tray.
  • Insert tray into your mouth. If you notice a "minty" flavor or stickiness around your gums, simply wipe the excess off with a cloth or tissue and use a little less next time.
  • Leave trays in for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • If you experience any sensitivity to temperature, we recommend skipping a day of whitening and/or using an over-the-counter sensitivity toothpaste. If the sensitivity continues you can give us a call, however it normally subsides following completion of whitening treatment.
  • After you have whitened for the recommended time, gently rinse your teeth to remove residual whitening gel and brush the inside of the whitening tray. Store trays in case.
  • Repeat daily for 2 weeks and maintain your follow up check at the office.