Indications and Contraindications

DENTAL INTERVENTIONS GUIDELINES

Before and after a dental intervention, the patients needs to follow some guidelines.

After the implant insertion

1. Start taking the medicine according to your prescription.
2. Avoid any cold food and drinks in the first 48 hours following the surgery. Liquid and soft food at room temperature is recommended . Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol, carbonated drinks and cheese, yoghurt or other milk-based foods. Smoking is strongly discouraged, as it hinders the healing/scarring process and negatively affect the long-term prognosis.
3. In the first 24 hours after surgery, brush your teeth, but avoid the area of the surgery: that area should be brushed with hours after the procedure. Brush gently and do not use mouthwash, but rinse with room-temperature sage tea.
4. Avoid intense physical exercise.
5. The stitches will be removed 7 to 10 days after the procedure.
6. Come back for control 24 to 48 hours after surgery. If pain, fever, swelling or headaches occur, you should go to the clinic as soon as possible. If you notice any problem, contact the medic via phone call or SMS.

After the extraction

1. Hold tightly between the arches the compresses placed on the post-extractional wound for an hour, in case of permanent teeth, or half an hour for baby (primary) teeth. If the bleeding persists, repace the compresses with new, sterile ones, which shold be held tightly between the teeth another 30 minutes, until the bleeding stops. During these intervals, do not remove the compresses to check if the bleeding has stopped.
2. In the first 24 hours after the extraction only gently rinse your mouth, otherwise the blood clot may move and cause bleeding. Keep a good oral hygiene by gently brushing the teeth after the meals, avoiding the wound.
3. For the next 7 days, rinse your mouth with saline solution multiple times a day, to promote healing.
4. Take the drugs prescribed by the dentist, which are, in general:
– pain relievers, which should be only taken if necessary, after meals and according to the specific instructions of the manufacturer.
– antibiotics, which are only prescribed in certain situations (such as risk of infection). Taking the full dose is very important.

Before the procedure

1. Rest well the night before the procedure.
2. Eat a light breakfast in the morning of the procedure and, if necessary, do not forget to take any medications prescribed for other conditions. Also, if your doctor recommended an antibiotic treatment before any dental treatment, you should take it.

Before the endodontic treatment

1. Rest well the night before the procedure and consider that after the endodontic treatment, you can resume your usual activities right away when making your daily schedule.
2. Eat a meal before your appointment and do not forget to take the drugs prescribed for any other conditions you may have, if any. Also, if your cardiologist or orthopedist recommended antibiotics before dental procedures, you should take them.
3. Bring a list with any drugs or supplements you are currently taking, including homeopathic remedies and vitamin supplements, along with prescriptions for them, if applied.
4. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal tutor during the dental appointment.

After the endodontic treatment

1. After the endodontic treatment, avoid any food or drink for 60 minutes and avoid any hard food such as bagels or seeds until the next appointment.
2. A certain discomfort is normal in the treated teeth when chewing or biting. It will typically fade in the next few days, but could last up to a few weeks. Avoid chewing on the side where the treatment was carried out. The discomfort can be reduced with nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. However, if you notice pain and swelling, contact the medic.
3. Rinse with saline solution(1/2 tbsp of salt in a glass of warm water) 5 times a day for 3 days and brush carefully. Brush the treated teeth gently.
4. Do not apply hot or cold compresses on the face near the treated teeth.

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