If you are undergoing a dental procedure or operation, you will be given a set of post-operative instructions to follow in the weeks after your treatment. Following these instructions is essential to preventing infections in surgical sites, minimizing the possibility of experiencing complications and protecting restorations. Post-operative instructions vary from the different procedures, but you still might have some questions regarding care.
Some of the most common post-op questions include: how long will you experience discomfort, how should you manage pain following the procedure, do you need to follow any special dietary guidelines, will you need to take an antibiotic, is it safe to drink through a straw, will you be able to drive yourself home after your procedure, will I need to return to the office for a follow-up appointment, when will your permanent restorations be ready and how do you care for your removable prosthesis? Your dentist should allocate enough time in your post-operative exam to listen to your concerns and answer questions you may have.