Post-Op Instructions

Restorative Dentistry | Bone Graft | Implant

 

Restorative Dentistry

PAIN

After tooth preparation, you may have some mild discomfort for the first 24 hours. This is normal. If you have prolonged or severe pain, call our office immediately.

Our office number is 360-659-7617. If you call after hours or on the weekend, please listen to the outbound message for the emergency phone number.

MEDICATIONS

Research has been shown that if the patient takes an anti-inflammatory medication ie: Ibuprofen following treatment, there is better healing and less discomfort. Recommended dosage is 800 mg every 4 hours on day 1. Please take as needed on subsequent days.

TOOTHBRUSHING

The gums will be tender for 3 days following the appointment. This is normal. Soften your toothbrush under hot water and gently massage the gums without toothpaste to promote healing.

THE BITE

You should feel your teeth biting evenly on both sides when the numbness wears off. If the bite is uneven, call our office. Adjustment of the temporary will prevent tooth sensitivity that may result in a rescheduling of your crown seat appointment.

THE NUMBNESS

The numbness will last 2 to 5 hours following the appointment. This is normal.

DIET

Avoid hard, crunchy, sticky or gummy foods. They will break or pull off the provisional crown.

FLOSSING

Floss gently and pull to the side, not up.

PROVISIONAL CROWNS

Provisional crowns are necessary to hold the space and cover the tooth to prevent sensitivity. If your provisional comes off, please call to have it recemented. If you are out of town, use the NoMix temporary cement that was given to you at your prep appointment. Do not go without the provisional. Problems may occur if left off which may affect the seating of your premanent crown. If left off, the other teeth may drift or unhealthy tissue may result due to a loose temporary.

If you have any orthodontic retainers or night guards, they may not fit with the provisional crown. Please discontinue their use until the premanent crown is installed.

Please take the 3 saltropine tablets one hour before your next appointment. It will take approximately 40 minutes to put the crown on.

 

Bone Graft

PAIN

After the extraction of a tooth, you may have some discomfort for the first 24 hours. This is normal. If you have severe or dull aching pain, call our office immediately.

BLEEDING

It is normal for the surgical site to bleed for the first 20 minutes after surgery. A clot should them form and healing begin. If bleeding persists, call the office.

MEDICATIONS

Research has shown that if the patient takes anti-inflammatory medication (Ibuprofen) following treatment there is better healing and less discomfort. I recommend 800mg every 4 hours for three days following treatment. Advil, Motrin, or generic is acceptable.

Antibiotics: It is important to take the first dosage the same day as the surgery. Please take all medications prescribed.

Please rinse with 1 tablespoon salt in 8 ounces warm water beginning on day two.

Peridex, an antimicrobial rinse was dispensed. Please start rinsing 72 hours after surgery. Rinse 1.5 oz twice daily until the bottle is finished.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Do not smoke or consume alcoholic beverages 48 hours after surgery. Please limit your activity level for the first 24 hours after surgery.

DIET

On day 1, please observe a liquid diet. Slim Fast, Boost, blended foods, and smoothies are acceptable. After 24 hours, you can eat soft nutritious foods. These would include: soups, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed veggies, macaroni and cheese, and blended foods. Do not drink any beverage through a straw as this dislodges the clot which is necessary for healing

BRUSHING INSTRUCTIONS

Do not brush your teeth in the surgical area for the first 2 hours. Rather, use the provided green sponge and gently wipe the teeth and gums.

WHITE BARRIER MEMBRANE

There will be a white membrane over the bone graft site. It is there to protect the area and will be removed at your next appointment.

SUPPLEMENT INFORMATION

Please take the 1500mg of Calcium daily during the 3 month healing phase.

Please take 2000mg of Vitamin C daily during the 3 month healing phase.

Our office number is 360-659-7617. If you call after hours or on the weekend, please listen to the outbound message for the emergency phone number.

 

Implant

PAIN

After the implant placement, you should expect a minimum of discomfort for the first 24 hours. This is normal. If you have severe or dull aching pain, call our office immediately. If a tooth was extracted in conjunction with this appointment, call us if you experience any pain, tissue (gum) redness or swelling around the site.

BLEEDING

It is normal for the surgical site to bleed for about 20 minutes after surgery. A clot will then form and the healing will begin. If bleeding persists, call the office.

MEDICATIONS

Research has shown that if the patient takes anti-inflammatory medication (Ibuprofen) following treatments, there is better healing and less discomfort. I recommend 800mg every 4 hours for three days following treatment. Advil, Motrin, or generic is acceptable.

Peridex, an antimicrobial rinse was dispensed. Please start rinsing 72 hours after surgery. Rinse 1/2 oz. twice daily until the bottle is finished.

Antibiotics: Continue taking the antibiotics as prescribed. Please take all the tablets.

GENERAL INFORMATION

After the second day, start one teaspoon of table salt dissolved in 8 oz. warm water and use as a rinse. Do this one time every waking hour and it will aid in the healing process. Do not smoke or consume alcoholic beverages 48 hours after surgery. Do not drink any beverages through a straw. Please plan on reducing your activity level for 24 hours following the procedure. Please rest to allow your body it's best healing chance.

DIET

On Day 1, please observe a liquid diet. Ensure, blended foods, and smoothies are acceptable. After 48 hours, you can eat soft, nutritious foods. These would include: soups, mashed potatoes & gravy, steamed veggies, macaroni & cheese, and blended foods. Begin eating solid foods on Day 7.

BRUSHING INSTRUCTIONS

Do not brush your teeth in the surgical area for the first 7 days. Rather, use the provided green sponge dipped in Peridex and gently wipe the teeth and gums.

SUPPLEMENT INFORMATION

Please take 1500mg Calcium daily during the 3 month healing phase for the best chance of bone attachment.

Please take 2000mg of Vitamin C daily during the 3 month healing phase for aiding the connective tissue. Please take a high quality brand of supplement ie: Shiff brand

Please call our office immediately at 360-659-7617 if there is any pain, tissue (gum) redness or swelling around the implant. 

Thank you! 

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In a recent visit for my brother, having anticipated his needs, the staff had the x-ray area all set to accommodate his wheelchair so my brother did not have to be transferred unnecessarily. They remembered it was his birthday and gave him big smiles and birthday wishes. He received awesome care and loved his visit and his shiny clean teeth. My elderly mother has received the utmost care and respect as well. I am forever grateful for the treatment my family and I have received. I recommend Creo Dentistry and their team to anyone for comprehensive, excellent service.

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Karen Anderson, Marysville

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Last summer I had a problem with a tooth. I went to see Creo Dentistry and they told me what my options were. I decided my best one was a dental implant. I expected it to be a painful procedure, however I didn't experience any pain during the procedure nor anytime afterwards. I feel Dr. Hwang is an outstanding dentist and Marysville is very fortunate to have him. I'm really pleased with my front tooth implant and no one can tell which tooth is my implant!

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Sylvia Stevens, Marysville

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A co-worker recommended Creo Dentistry; He'd been going to them for years. I am glad I took his recommendation. I talked to Dr.Hwang about an implant; he described options and what his methods are. He is very skilled and keeps up with the latest procedures and tools. I appreciate Dr. Hwang's professionalism and care. If you want your dental work done right, go to Creo Dentistry!

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Jeff, Marysville

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Just a quick note to let you know about my new dentist. I was driving down Grand River one day and saw his sign which included the word "implants" so I decided to give him a try. I have had several visits now and each time Dr. Thomas and his staff have commented on what an excellent job you did on my implants! The last time I was there, Dr. Thomas stated "that in all his 30 years as a dentist and all the training and teaching about implants, he has never seen any that looked as great as mine". SOoooooooooooooooo… I thought you should hear about it.

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Norma Smith, Grand River, Michigan

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What a wonderful gift to give someone when you let them know they have options. Before I visited Creo Dentistry, I had never been told I had options on how to correct my dental problems.

For years I wore an appliance called a bite plate. Every few years it had to be replaced because of wear and the fact that it became loose due to taking it in and out every night. It would also pop up whenever I ate certain foods, and I had given up the thought of ever chewing gum. It was not worth the embarrassment of having my bite plate stick to the gum and become loose in my mouth. Now I can eat anything and even chew bubble gum. What a miracle to have “normal” teeth and to smile with unrestrained joy! My new smile muscles are becoming stronger and stronger each day.

Dr. Hwang, many thanks to you and all your wonderful staff who have made my transition such a great experience. Thanks so much!

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Susann Woods, Marysville

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After many visits to area dentists I have finally found the best for my care. I am an extreme dental phobic avoiding regular dental care because of this. Creo Dentistry and staff are professional and very caring to their patients. The most important thing for me was that Dr. Hwang offered oral sedation. All it took was one tablet, 1 hour prior to my procedures and I was totally relaxed and unafraid. I was awake in time to leave the office with my husband. Because of his gentle care I would not hesitate to return for future care. For all you fraidy cats like myself, there is hope for your dental care. Call Creo Dentistry’s office for an appointment with no fear. And my teeth look great now!

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Elizabeth Seitz, Marysville

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My Mom first came to Creo Dentistry in January of this year due to the discomfort caused by decay of her lower teeth. Our family was very concerned about the procedure because she had suffered a severe stroke and was taking Plavix and other medications. She had to have the remainder of her bottom teeth pulled and the staff was wonderful about walking us through the procedure and the options for replacement. My mom did very well through the whole procedure and on more than one occasion she talked about how nice Dr. Hwang and the staff are. Creo Dentistry are so caring and show great professionalism. My mom’s implants look fabulous (a true work of art), and I loved seeing the joy and pride they take in their work. I can never thank Dr. Hwang enough for what he did for my mom. He and his staff truly changed her quality of life.

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Betty Soden

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Creo Dentistry performed my first tooth implant surgery. Dr. Hwang and the entire staff were very thorough in explaining all the details beforehand so that I felt completely comfortable going in for the surgery. I was pleased at how smoothly the whole process went, and I’m very happy with my new tooth. It seems so much like my real teeth that I don’t even think about it anymore. Thank you Creo Dentistry!

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Peggy, Marysville

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I have always had a fear of going to the dentist. During this last year I had treatment, including an implant procedure. My experience of going to the dentist has been very positive, as the final results have been wonderful. Dr. Hwang and his entire staff have been very professional, yet caring and compassionate. I am no longer afraid of going to the dentist.

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Sandy Horn, Camano Island

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When I moved to Washington from Oregon in 2000, I was concerned about finding a new dentist for my family. I asked at my new Job at the American Cancer Society if anyone had a great dentist for my kids. Luckily, someone recommended Creo Dentistry and they took care of my kids and me with diligent attention to prevention and repair. As I age he has moved along to installing implants as needed and additional prevention advice for aging teeth. I am grateful for the staff person that has long left my work for the secret of my dentist. My implant you see was in the front of my mouth and very important for it to appear natural. His staff’s conscientious attention to working around a busy family and work schedule has been a blessing. Letting me email in my appointments and texting to remind me of them. So, as I pass along resources to cancer patients in my job, I am sharing my dentist resource to you! I can’t help it I love to help people....hmm must be why I was drawn to Creo Dentistry. Still smiling with my implanted front tooth!

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Jerri Wood, Snohomish County

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It might have been 30 years ago I walked into Creo Dentistry in Marysville needing a dentist to look after my teeth. None of my grandparents kept their teeth into their old age, so I needed preventive as well as reconstructive care. Thru office cleanings and instructional home care, cavities were minimized. With a rigorous periodontal program, gum levels are still acceptable. When cavities did invade under crowns and 2 teeth could not be saved, implants were the answer; bulletproof mechanical teeth permanently mounted on pegs fused into the jaw bone. The implants were accomplished with no pain and no regrets. Dr. Hwang has a staff of personable professional dental folk that let you feel comfortable with each office visit. Best of all, I have my teeth!

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