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Post Operative Instructions

After your dental treatment, it is common to experience some local tenderness. Please find some helpful information below.

Local Anaesthetic

If you’ve had local anaesthetic used during your appointment, you’ll need to take care as this will last for a few hours after your procedure.

Be especially careful if you have anything to eat or drink as you can easily bite your cheek, tongue and lips. You won’t realise you have done so until the anaesthetic has worn off.

After an Extraction (removal of a tooth)

After you’ve had an extraction, our dentists will give you post operative instructions verbally and also as a print out. They will provide you with sterile gauze packing to take home in the event of bleeding. If needed, place the sterile gauze over the area where you’ve had the tooth removed and apply pressure for 20 minutes.

The best thing you can do on the day of your procedure is to rest and take it easy.

We would also advise no smoking or drinking alcohol for 24-48 hours as this can slow down the healing process. It’s also a good idea to eat a diet of soft foods.

The day after your extraction, begin rinsing with warm salty water up to 3 times per day for the next 7 days.

Pain Relief

Should you experience any pain after your dental treatment, Panadol and Nurofen will provide you with adequate relief.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding your recent treatment, please contact us.