• DO NOT smoke, drink carbonated or hot beverages, eat hard candies or citrus / spicy foods.
  • DO NOT drink alcohol or consume dairy products.
  • DO NOT Rinse vigorously or drink through a straw for at least 48 hours.
  • Anesthetics: The length of time you experience numbness will vary depending on the type of anesthetic received and how quickly your body metabolizes it. Some anesthetics can last up to 7-8 hours. Be sure to avoid biting your cheek, lip or tongue. Do not consume hot food or liquids that could burn your lip, cheek, or tongue until your anesthetic has completely worn off
  • Bleeding: Leave gauze pack for 30-45 minutes (longer if recommended by your dentist)
  • Medication: Take prescribed medication(s) only as directed
  • Swelling & Pain: Apply an ice pack or cold compress that has been provided for 20 min intervals. Please use an old pillow case in case of possible blood stains
  • Diet: Drink lots of liquids, eat soft, bland, nutritional foods. Examples include:: Mashed potatoes, seedless fruit/smoothies, rice, soup, jello/pudding. High protein will help with healing
  • Rinsing & Oral Hygiene: The following day you may rinse with warm salt water. Gently rinsing after meals is important. Avoid using mouthwash or rinse during the early healing process. Use care when brushing around the healing site
  • Activities: Light activity is acceptable, refrain from heavy lifting, or strenuous activities for 3-5 days.

Dr. Kendall and Dr. Fox are available for nighttime or weekend emergency care.