Following oral surgery or any other dental procedure, it’s very important that you follow Dr. Tutu’s care instructions to ensure proper healing and to avoid any complications. Below are general guidelines you should follow for each procedure, but Dr. Tutu will provide you with more in-depth care instructions based on your case.

After Anesthesia

Generally speaking, you should always wait at least two hours after oral surgery before eating so there’s enough time for your anesthesia to wear off completely so you can regain a full feeling of your mouth.

Root Canal Therapy

Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure took place for a few days to give your mouth time to heal and adjust to any restorative materials we place. Dr. Tutu may prescribe an antibiotic medication to treat any infection that may be remaining.

Scaling & Root Planing

Following this procedure, you may feel some slight soreness over the course of a few days. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water 2-3 times a day to reduce discomfort and to clean the treated area. Make sure you brush your teeth gently to avoid causing irritation as your gums heal. Use a cold compress to help reduce any swelling or stiffness in addition to pain relievers. Avoid hard/chewy foods for a few days to ensure the area heals correctly.


You may experience some tooth sensitivity following the placement of your dental veneers. Your mouth will need some time to adjust to the restoration, but this process will only take a few days. While brushing and flossing, keep an eye on the area between the veneer and the tooth near the gum line region. If you notice any abnormalities, please contact our office.


It is common for the extraction site to bleed for a while after the procedure has taken place. Dr. Tutu will provide you with some gauze to place at the site, which should be changed with a fresh gauze every time the old gauze has been soaked. Prop your head when lying down to ensure proper blood clot formation at the extraction site. Dr. Tutu will recommend other instructions, such as avoiding hard foods and drinking through straws.

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