Post Patient Care

Care of the Mouth after Extraction

1. Do not rinse mouth today. Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours, (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.

2. Bleeding. Following extraction’s some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, roll up a wet gauze, squeeze out the excess water, place over bleeding area and bite down firmly for one half hour. Repeat if necessary. Wet tea bags may also be used on the site if bleeding persists.

3. Swelling. For the first 12-18 hours only, use an ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel, applied to the operative area, one half hour on and one half hour off.

4. Pain. For mild to average pain use Tylenol or Advil (Ibuprofen), no aspirin. If you are taking prescription narcotic pain relievers take them with food or milk and do not drive or use dangerous machinery.

5. Foods and Drink. Eat and drink soft, cold, or room temperature (Not Hot) items for the first 24 hours. No hard liquor.

6. Bony Edges. Small, sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots, if annoying, return to this office for their simple removal.

7. No smoking or sucking on straws for the first 6 hours.

8. No vigorous exercise 24 hours after surgery.

9. If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once, or Dr. Wenck at home, 530-544-5356.

10. The proper care following oral surgery procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.

Crown & Bridge Postoperative Instructions

Temporary Crowns & Bridges:

These plastic temporaries have several important functions:

1. They keep the sensitive part of the living tooth covered and feeling good during the laboratory fabrication of the permanent restoration.

2. Temporary’s enable you to chew your food normally.

3. They hold the tooth in the same position while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.

If the temporary comes out, your tooth will be sensitive, your chewing will be affected, and the tooth will drift to a new position, making the fitting of the new crown or bridge more difficult, if not impossible.

Please come back to the office and we will be happy to cement your temporaries back in at no cost.


1. Avoid sticky foods, such as caramels, candy and chewing gum

2. When flossing around the temporaries, do not pull up on the tooth, but rather let go of one end of the floss and pull it through your teeth.

Bite on New Crowns & Bridges

Sometimes when patients are in the office they are so tense that they change their bite. After leaving the office and relaxing back to their normal bite the crown and bridge will being to feel high. This is not a big problem. Please give us a call and we can easily readjust the bite at no cost to you.