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Below is information on what to expect after your appointment and suggestions to manage any pain or discomfort while you are healing.

Expectations after Dental Treatment:

  • Temperature Sensitivity: Your tooth/teeth may be sensitive to temperature. This is normal and largely due to inflammation caused by the dental procedure. Tooth sensitivity usually resolves on its own over time. However, if you are experiencing discomfort or avoiding chewing in the area that was treated for longer than 7 days, please contact our office.
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Your tooth/teeth may be sensitive to biting pressure. This is normal and largely due to inflammation caused by the dental procedure. The pressure sensitivity usually resolves on its own over time. However, if the tooth/teeth feel “too tall” or you are not able to fit all of your teeth together in a comfortable biting position, please contact our office immediately.
  • Tissue Trauma: Your gum tissues may be tender, bruised or abraded after your dental procedure. Tissue trauma is normal after dental treatment and is usually fast to heal without any intervention. However, if you are experiencing tissue discomfort for longer than 7 days, please contact our office.
  • Soreness at the Injection Site: You may have soreness, inflammation and/or bruising at the site where the local anesthetic was delivered. This will likely heal without an intervention. However, if you are experiencing discomfort for longer than 7 days or if you are unable to fully open/close your mouth, please contact our office.

Suggestions for Management of Discomfort during Healing:

Tooth Sensitivity

  • Eat a soft diet for 3-7 days, avoiding extreme hot/cold temperatures
  • Arnica Montana (homeopathic remedy) as directed on bottle
  • Hypericum Performata (homeopathic remedy) as directed on bottle
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs: turmeric, cloves, chamomile, ginger, garlic, cat’s claw –as directed on bottle or by healthcare provider
  • OTC anti-inflammatory: ibuprofen/naproxen sodium as directed on bottle

Tissue Sensitivity

  • Warm salt water rinses: 1 cup warm water with 1-2 tsp salt dissolved. Swish for 30 seconds–one minute and spit out. Repeat as often as you like.
  • Alternating warm and cold compresses: 5-15 minutes 1-2 times per day
  • Avoid acidic foods and beverages as well as nuts and seeds
  • Arnica Montana (homeopathic remedy) as directed on bottle
  • Natural Remedies: tulsi, coconut oil, licorice, cat’s claw –as directed on bottle or by healthcare provider
  • OTC anti-inflammatory:   ibuprofen/naproxen sodium as directed on bottle

*Note: If you are experiencing pain, swelling or something that does not feel “right,” please contact our office immediately (952)956-6700

The information provided is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of a qualified integrative physician. The products listed above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The information provided above is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular product is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A qualified integrative physician or other medical professional should be consulted before taking any natural product, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (956) 956-6700.