Croton-on-Hudson Dental Treatment Post-Operative Instructions

Getting Ready for Treatment

Our team is all about making sure you feel at ease during your dental treatment. Whether you’re coming in for a quick filling or a major surgical procedure, we’re here to boost your confidence and answer any questions you may have.

At Smiles on Hudson, we’ll provide guidance and support before, during, and after your treatment. And just in case you need a little extra assistance, we’ve put together a collection of standard post-operative instructions below. But don’t worry, if you have any specific questions or concerns, we’re only a phone call away at (914) 271-4726. Book now to reserve a consultation.

The First 24-48 Hours

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After your surgery, it’s totally normal to experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising. To help minimize any discomfort and promote optimal healing, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:


  • 5Drink through a straw, spit, or rinse your mouth too vigorously
  • 5Eat anything hot, spicy, crunchy, or citrusy
  • 5Exercise, smoke, or drink alcohol
  • 5Floss or use a toothbrush on the affected area (including electric toothbrushes)
  • 5Touch the surgical area with your fingers or tongue
  • 5Pull or tug on your lip to check out the surgical area
  • 5Drink liquids and eat foods at room temperature
  • 5Apply light pressure to your gums with gauze, a tea bag, or a clean cloth to address any bleeding
  • 5Apply ice to the outside of your face for 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • 5After 24 hours, you may use warm, moist heat on your face for swelling as needed
We want to make sure you’re feeling as comfortable as possible, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here for you every step of the way!

Pain Management

You might feel a little achy on the first day after your dental treatment, but that’s totally normal. However, when healing is most active on the 3rd and 4th days, you might experience some more discomfort in the treated area.

If you find yourself bleeding, don’t panic! Simply bite down on a damp piece of gauze for 15-20 minutes, and then relax with your head elevated. We want to ensure you’re comfortable and healing properly, so don’t hesitate to take it easy if you need to.

In some cases, we might prescribe antibiotics to help with the healing process. If that’s the case, it’s important that you take them all as directed. We don’t want any infections getting in the way of your recovery!

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General Food Restrictions

It’s important to take extra care when it comes to eating after your dental surgery. We don’t want you to accidentally bite or burn yourself before the local anesthetic wears off! Be sure to steer clear of anything too chewy or crunchy until you’re in the clear.

We recommend sticking to a nutritious liquid diet for the first 24 hours after your surgery. Think smoothies, soups, and broths to keep you feeling satisfied and well-nourished.

Once you hit the 24-hour mark, you can start adding in some soft, non-abrasive foods. Mashed potatoes, pasta, cottage cheese, and scrambled eggs are all great options that you can easily take apart with a fork. These foods will be your go-to for the first week.

At your follow-up appointment, we’ll give you the green light on when you can return to your normal eating habits. But until then, try to avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth. We want to make sure you’re healing properly and feeling your best!

Follow-up Visits to Our Office

We like to keep tabs on our patients after surgery, so you can expect a call from our office within 24 hours to see how you’re doing.

Additionally, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit for you as needed. During this visit, we’ll:

  • Take a look at the treated area
  • Remove any sutures that need to come out
  • Address any questions or concerns you may have.

Our goal is to ensure that you’re healing properly and feeling great.

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Contact Us Immediately If…

You’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Bleeding that is difficult to control and excessive
  • Discomfort level of 8 or higher (out of 10) that cannot be managed
  • Excessive nausea that doesn’t subside
  • Swelling that is spreading, excessive, or worsening after 60 hours
  • Allergic reactions to medication, such as a rash or excessive itching

Your health and well-being are our top priorities, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. Call us at (914) 271-4726.

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We accept checks, cash, credit cards, and some dental insurance.

From the time you walk in, you feel comfortable and welcomed. Dr. Gold explains in detail any procedure he’s going to do. I can’t say enough good things.

— Diane L.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our office and providing quality care.

Our Croton-on-Hudson dental office

2018 Albany Post Road
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520


Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:30pm
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