What do to following a dental treatment

The doctor supports the teeth on blurred background - Tony McClelland Dental Surgery in Kirwan, QLD Providing our patients with sound advice is our first priority at Tony McClelland Dental Surgery. Read through some of our most frequently asked questions, regarding our range of treatments and services available from our detail clinic in Kirwan. Have a question for our local dentists? Call our reception team on (07) 4723 2090 or send us an enquiry.

What to do following a dental extraction

We suggest you take it easy for a couple of days, and rest as much as you can. To avoid any bleeding, it’s best to keep your head upright for the first few hours after your procedure.

Our dentists also recommend avoiding hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. Alcohol and smoking should also be put to one side for the first 24–48 hours. 

Paracetamol and ibuprofen-based drugs can be administered to calm any pain, however do avoid aspirin pain relief, as this will make your mouth bleed.

What to do if you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) often causes severe discomfort that can last for many years. If you’re suffering with the effects of TMJ, we suggest trying the below home treatments, before seeking pain advice from your local dentist.

Home remedies:

  • Over the counter medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help to alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Applying a cold pack to the side of your face can help to calm muscle tension. We suggest you do this for around 10 minutes, before applying a warm towel.
  • Switch hard foods for softer substitutes, including mashed potatoes, yoghurt, soups, cooked vegetables and beans. Also, try to cut your food into smaller pieces, and chew less.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is one of the most non-invasive ways to help fix the colour and shape of your exisiting teeth. This type of cosmetic dental treatment is regularly used to repair chips, fractures, tooth decay and discoloured teeth.

Composite bonding is a practical, cost-effective alternative to traditional porcelain veneers, and can last up to 15 years before requiring rework. Other benefits include:

  • Immediate results—composite bonding can be achieved in just one visit 
  • Easy to repair—should anything go wrong, composite bonding is quick & simple to restore
  • Very natural—composite bonding blends naturally into your smile

What to do following a root canal treatment

We suggest you rest up and take it easy after a root canal (endodontic) treatment, as this will help help shorten your recovery time.

As the anaesthetic wears off, you may be prone to pain and discomfort. For this we recommend taking paracetamol and/or ibuprofen-based drugs, which can be purchased over the counter. If these do not numb the pain, we suggest visiting your dentist or doctor.

It’s also important to remember not to chew or bite down on the treated tooth, until it is fully restored by your dentist.

Lastly, regular brushing and flossing is recommended to keep the area clean and to avoid unwanted infection.