Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

*Keep pressure on the extraction site(s) by biting on gauze placed by the doctor for at least 20 minutes.  This will control any bleeding and ensure good clot formation and quicker healing. *Avoid any mouth rinsing and/or spitting for the first 24 hours.  This may cause bleeding and loss of clot formation which will slow healing and could cause a dry socket. *Avoid smoking and other tobacco products for 24 to 48 hours.  Tobacco can be very irritating to the … Read More

Root Canal Aftercare

  The degree of comfort after root canal therapy often depends upon patient follow-through after the procedure has been completed. It is essential that you understand what normal post-treatment symptoms are and how they should be handled.   Take Medication as Prescribed Although it is possible to experience no pain after root canal therapy, some discomfort is considered normal.  Just as in insect bites, burns, and scrapes, inflammation results when pulp tissue is removed from the root canals.  It is … Read More

Temporary Filling or Crown – Aftercare

  A “temporary” is a filling or crown that is placed until the permanent filling or crown is made and ready to be placed.  It is normal for the gum around your tooth to be a little sore when the anesthesia wears off.  This will typically disappear within 24 hours.  Do your best to chew on the opposite side of your temporary until your next appointment with Dr. Fortna.  Chewing sticky foods can sometimes dislodge the temporary.  It is not … Read More