Recovering From Dental Treatment

Written by Luke Whitaker

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 or antibiotics 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 stitches have been used there may also be advice on if or when they need to be removed. Any necessary follow-up appointments will also be arranged.

Advice will also be given on how to keep the mouth and teeth clean after treatment. This may involve using a soft toothbrush for a short period of time. Commonly our dentists will suggest you rinse your mouth with salt water or another simple solution such as mouthwash. 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 and antibiotics may be required. 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 also know as sutures.

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