Glenlake Dental Care


Post-Operative Instructions

Please select the procedure you received to see a summary of post-op instructions. Call us if you have any questions:


1- Pressure should be placed on the gauze pad that has been put over the extraction site for one hour. If the bleeding continues, a new gauze should be applied in 45-minute increments.

2- If you are supervising children who have had an extraction done, make sure they don’t damage their lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue).

3- Avoid eating or drinking warm beverages on the day of your extraction. Also, do not rinse your mouth or drink through straws. Do not spit and drink carbonated beverages. Avoid brushing on the day of the surgery; you can resume your general brushing and cleaning activities after the treatment.

4-You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or some swelling, especially after the impacted wisdom teeth has been removed. Ice bag application and medication prescribed for you will reduce any discomfort.

5- Please take all the medication you have received based on the provided instructions.

6- During the first 2-3 days after surgery, it is recommended to practice a diet of soft foods and liquids(soup, yogurt, milkshakes and juice).

7- For more complex surgical procedures, including Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Implant Surgical Procedures, etc: You will receive an ice wrap which should be worn for throughout the day until you go to bed (10 minutes on and 5 minutes off). Instructions for various surgical treatments will have some unique directions, which will be supplied to you at the time of your treatment.

8- Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. In case of serious emergencies call 911.


1- Avoid eating until an hour after the treatment and when the numbness has passed.

2- Ensure your children do not bite on their lips after receiving their fillings.

3- Do not bite hard or chew on silver amalgam fillings for 24 hours.

4- You may experience cold and heat sensations along with gum soreness; this usually subsides within a few days.

5- Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the fillings, or if you have any questions.

Crowns and Bridges (also Inlays and Onlays):

1- Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, an examination is scheduled, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth.

2- You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth; it should subside after the permanent crown has been fitted.

3- If anesthesia is utilized in your treatment, then avoid chewing until the numbness has dissipated.

4- A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material or soft metal. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may also come off; if it does, preserve the crown and contact our office. The temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving. If it comes off it should be replaced as soon as possible. To avoid losing your temporary crown, do not consume hard or sticky food.

5- Continue your normal brushing but be careful while flossing around the crowns (remove the floss gently from the side). If it is difficult to get the floss between the temporary crown and surrounding teeth, refrain from flossing until you receive your permanent restoration.

6- After the permanent restoration is placed, you may experience mild pressure for a couple of days following the treatment. You may have to adjust your biting motions for certain amount of days. If 2-3 days have passed and you are still feeling discomfort, then call our office. Delaying necessary treatments may damage the tooth permanently.

7- Call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.

Root Canal Treatment:

1- You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Gum soreness may be prevalent for a few days after your treatment. The pain and discomfort should subside gradually as the healing process accelerates.

2- Take the recommended medication that was prescribed to you.

3- Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth; do not chew on the tooth for at least an hour and after the numbness has dissipated. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, protect the tooth from physical stimuli. Try to chew with the opposite side of your jaw.

4- Continue your normal brushing and flossing activities.

5- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay in receiving the final restoration may result in permanent damage.

6- Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions.

Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning):

1- You may experience some warm and cold sensations after the treatment.

2- If you have received anesthesia avoid consuming food until the numbness has worn off.

3- You can continue practicing your routine brushing and flossing activities.

4- Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but excessive cases may require a call to our office.

5- Call our office for additional questions or if you’re experiencing continuing discomfort.

Placement of Braces:

1- You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your teeth.

2- Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.

3- Brushing and flossing around braces is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very important.

4- Call our office if you have any questions.

Gum Surgery:

1- Some pain and swelling may occur after the surgery.

2- If you have prescribed medication during the treatment, follow the recommended instructions in taking them.

3- Place an ice bag over your face in 10-minute increments.

4- Schedule follow-up checks if necessary.

5- DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.

6- Brush your teeth but avoid the treated area.

7- Feelings of loosening may occur in the tooth located near the treated area.

8- Avoid smoking, spitting, and drinking through straws on the day of the treatment.

9- Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office.  Serious emergencies may require a 911 call.

Implant Surgery:

1- Bleeding may occur on the day of the surgery, this is normal and will wear off soon.

2- Take your prescribed medications and follow the recommended instructions.

3- To minimize the pain, place an ice bag over the side of your face in for 5-10 minutes.

4- Be prepared for follow-up checks and maintenance.

5- Avoid raising your lips because this can cause pain.

6- Resume your normal brushing activities but avoid the treated area.

7- The tooth may feel lose but this will subside after a short period of time.

8- Do not smoke, spit, or drink through a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).

9- Call our office if you experience difficulties. If you’re having an emergency case, then call 911.

Denture Delivery:

1- Dentures may cause some post-treatment discomfort for a few days. Adjustments are required to ensure new dentures comfortably fit in your mouth.

2- You should take the dentures out every night and rinse them in a clean container filled with water or a chemical solution. This allows your gums to rest.

3- Brush your dentures thoroughly before placing them back into your mouth.

4- New dentures may affect your speech. One way to practice is to read a book or newspaper daily for certain amount of days. Your tongue and muscles will adapt to the new dentures and you will talk normally very soon.

5- Call our office if you have additional questions or are experiencing continuing discomfort.

Apicoectomy (Root Canal Surgery):

1- Temporary swelling, minor pain and skin discoloration may be experienced following the surgical procedure.

2- In order to keep the swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack for the first few hours after surgery (in 10-minute increments).

3- The day after the surgery, rinse the treated area with warm water following each meal. This should continue for the first 3 days following the surgical procedure.

4- Avoid consuming hard and chewy foods.

5- Rest often and consume your normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soup, and milk. Use a vitamin supplement if desired. Avoid sleeping on the operated area for 2-3 days.

6- Do not raise your lips with your fingers as this may irritate the gums.

7- Brush your tooth but avoid making contact with the treated area.

8- A loss of feeling may occur in the treated area but this should subside after a few days.

9- Follow the recommended instructions if you’re taking medication prescribed to you during the treatment.

10- Contact our office if discomfort persists in your mouth. In case of serious emergencies call 911.

Bone Graft Surgery

Post-operative instructions for bone graft surgery remain the same whether or not you were given anesthesia.

Sutures (stitches) will be placed on the treated area. These can only be removed by your doctor. The sutures will cause a pulling of your tissue over the treated site. Do not pull on your cheeks or lips to inspect the surgical site. The undue pressure will cause the sutures to widen away from the surgical site, expose bone, create more pain, and delay healing dramatically. Replacement sutures may have to be necessary because of this delay. The sutures will remain in place for 2 to 3 weeks depending on the extent of the graft, the severity of the pathology, and the condition of the tissue being sutured.

Your doctor will inform you about the removal date, but if surgical regression occurs, then the doctor can extend the date for the sutures to be removed.

You also may have a periodontal pack placed over the treated area. The pack is pink in color and contains antibiotic chemicals, which will protect the surgical site from infection and any washout of bone. The pack should be left in place for as long as possible, usually for 7 to 10 days at the least. It is important to return to the office if your pack falls off.

Your maintenance during healing has to be completed with extreme care. You can brush in every area except the periodontal pack. Avoid using astringents such as mouthwash and antiseptics. Listerine, Viadent, or any other potentially caustic agent can affect your bone grafting procedure if contaminated, this can require a replacement bone graft.  After the initial healing stages, we will provide you with normal saline and instruct you on how to use it (with or without the addition of salt).

Since bone grows and heals slowly, it requires conditions conductive to a proper environment and blood supply. This means you must temporarily alter your diet following the procedure. Avoid eating anything that is too large, too hot, or too sticky. Your food should be tepid and cool. Any food that is too hot will have a deleterious effect on the results of the surgery.  Please call our office if you have additional questions or concerns.

Smoking causes a decrease in oxygenation of the tissue. Avoid this activity for the first 7 to 10 days to allow for adequate initial tissue closure. Complete epithilization (closure) and wound healing normally requires a minimum of 21 days from the day the surgery was completed under ideal healing conditions, and with no other underlying systemic causes such as Diabetes Melitus, etc.

Bone grafting is a sensitive procedure that requires the utmost in precision and accuracy. This procedure has a set of risks and it is important to understand them.

We want nothing more than a perfect outcome that results in a complete restoration of your bone.  You can contact us to ensure the post-operation procedures are properly maintained.

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946 Harlem Avenue,
Glenview, IL 60025