Recovering From Dental Treatment

We are an Exeter dentist based in the heart of the city, offering a range of both general and cosmetic treatments. From routine examinations to implants, orthodontics and teeth whitening. Different treatments require differing recovery processes and timescales, whilst our dentists will give clear and full instructions on how to ensure an expedient recovery. This blog will take you through the general things to expect, as well as situations to avoid.

The most important thing to remember following dental treatment, is to follow your dentist’s instructions at all times. Advice will be given with any pain medication prescribed, as well as when you should start eating solid foods again, including the types of foods to avoid for the advised time frame. If bandages have been used there may also be advice on when and how to change them, any follow-up appointments will also be arranged.

Some may become confused if their dentist advises them not to brush their teeth, if this has been advised to you it is most likely due to your mouth being too sensitive post-treatment for your normal oral hygiene practices. Commonly our dentists will instead advise you to rinse your mouth with salt water or another simple solution. This will further encourage the healing process within your mouth.

However, sometimes complications can arise, especially following complex treatments. Whilst our dentists will ensure that pain and discomfort are minimal following treatment, if you find that you are left with pain that persists or increases within three days after the procedure, it is important that you get back in contact with us to arrange further inspection. It could be that this is a sign of a post-dental procedure infection called osteomyelitis. Furthermore, acquiring a fever can be a further sign of this infection.

Another issue that can arise is a persisting bleed. Whilst some bleeding is common after a procedure, different factors can lead to a bleed that doesn’t cease. If you find that this is the case for you after a few hours since your procedure was undertaken, contacting us again is the resolution. It may be that the opening needs closing through the use of stitches or sutures.

To recap, it is important to follow your dentists’ instructions and to look out for signs of infection or a persistent bleed. We recommend resting for about 48 hours after dental treatment, physical activity can increase your risk of opening any healing wounds. Resting will allow for faster recovery time and decrease the risk of jeopardising this.

As a dentist based in the heart of Exeter, we are readily available to many. We offer general dentistry treatments, as well as orthodontic and cosmetic treatments.

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