Harris NY dentist Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, DDS Liberty NY Monticello NY Sullivan Co NY Dentist
Post-Operative Care

Extractions or Oral Surgery

  • Place an ice pack to your face over the extraction or surgical area for the first 6-8 hrs. Leave it on for 10 minutes then off for 5 minutes. This will minimize swelling. Don’t forget, 6-8 hrs. for maximum benefit.
  • Do Not Rinse your mouth for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hrs., rinse with warm salt-water rinses several times a day for 5-7 days. Use ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water.
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from socket/area.
  • Bleeding - It is normal for the saliva to be streaked with blood for the first day. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place a wad of gauze or a moistened tea bag over the extraction site and bite down for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding continues, contact the office.
  • Swelling and Stiffness is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply an ice pack for 15 minutes every hour as needed.
  • Diet - A soft or liquid diet is advisable for the first 24 hrs. Avoid foods that generate small particles that could get into the socket (for example- rice, peanuts, hard bread). Drink lots of fluids.
  • Pain - Following a dental extraction or surgery, it is normal to experience a slight discomfort. A non-aspirin containing analgesic such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be taken before the local anesthetic has worn off to minimize any discomfort. This can be repeated as necessary within the manufacturer’s guidelines. If pain medication has been prescribed, have the prescription filled prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. Follow prescription instructions.
  • Rest until the next day. Even though you may feel good, minimize strenuous activities. This is a surgical procedure and your body needs to recover.

Composite/Resin Fillings

Once your teeth have been restored with a composite/resin (tooth-colored material), these restorations will last for many years. However, you should keep in mind the following information:

  • Be careful when chewing excessively hard foods. Although the composite material sets up hard right away, the material as well as natural teeth can break under extreme forces.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks after the restoration is done.
  • If you feel your bite is not correct (especially after the anesthetic wears off), please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
  • Children need to be observed while the anesthetic wears off due to the fact that they may chew or bite their cheeks, tongue or lips.
  • As with any restoration to your teeth, it will feel different for a few days until you get used to it.


  • A temporary crown is placed on a tooth while the permanent one is being fabricated at the laboratory. The temporary is not as strong as the permanent. Avoid hard and sticky foods that may cause it to come off. It is important to keep the temporary on until you receive the permanent crown.
  • After the permanent crown is cemented, allow 24 hours for optimum strength before chewing on it.
  • Maintenance is important with any restoration as well as natural teeth. Proper brushing, flossing and regular visits will help retain good oral health.


  • If you have never worn a partial or full denture, it may feel awkward for a while. Inserting and removing it may take practice. Eating and speaking with a partial or full denture may also take time to get used to. In time, you should become accustomed to them.
  • Adjustments - As you wear the partial or full denture, you might develop a sore spot. The dentist can make an adjustment for better comfort. Several of these adjustments are not uncommon.
  • Caring for your Partial or Full Denture – If you accidentally drop your partial or full denture, there is a chance it will break. Take caution where and when you remove them. It is important to clean them every day. Rinsing alone is not enough. Brushing with a denture brush will remove food, plaque and help prevent stains. Denture cleansers and soaks are also very useful. It is also recommended to leave your partial or full denture out of your mouth at night making sure to soak it in water.

The partial or full denture that you receive has been custom made for you and should provide you with a well-fit, functional and esthetic look. There are reasons why this might change over time, such as age, weight loss, bone loss, gum shrinkage. Therefore, it is just as important to have regular examinations when wearing a partial or full denture to maintain good oral health.

Root Canals

It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms while having endodontic treatment: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling. If swelling does occur, call the office.

  • The tooth will have a temporary filling placed in it until the final restoration.
  • Be gentle on the tooth because during endodontic treatment the tooth becomes brittle and can fracture.
  • If your bite does not feel right, it may need a simple adjustment. Please call the office.