While our team strives to help you avoid oral problems, there are times when more complex procedures are necessary to care for your smile and return your oral health to its optimum level. Dr. Robert Madry will do his best to care for your teeth in our office, but it is important that you follow the provided post-operative instructions to care for your teeth at home. Doing so will aid in a proper and speedy recovery.

Tooth Extraction:

  • For one hour, apply pressure to the gauze pad that is over the extraction site. If bleeding continues after an hour, replace the gauze with a new pad and apply pressure for another 45 minutes. Be sure to avoid biting down on the tongue, cheeks, or lips while doing so.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything hot for the rest of the day after your extraction.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit. Do not use a straw while drinking, and do not drink carbonated beverages.
  • Do not brush your teeth for the rest of the day after your extraction. You can resume regular brushing and flossing the next day.

It is common to experience some pain, bruising around the lips, and/or swelling after tooth extractions, especially after removing wisdom teeth. If you had a more complex extraction surgery, you will be provided with an ice wrap, which you should wear for the rest of the day, 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off. You may also take pain medication that is prescribed to you, or over-the-counter medication. Take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist.

For the first few days after surgery, your diet should consist of mainly soft foods and liquids, such as soup, yogurt, milkshakes, and juice.

Any additional or specific post-operative instructions will be provided by our dentist at the time of your procedure.

If you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, or pain after your surgery, or if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, please call us at 361-991-7622. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

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Dental Fillings:

  • Do not eat on your new filling for at least one hour after your treatment, or until your numbness has dissipated.
  • If you are supervising children who received a filling, make sure they do not bite down on their lips or tongue, as this can cause serious injury.
  • Do not bite down hard or chew on silver (amalgam) fillings for 24 hours.

You may experience some sensitivity to temperature and gum soreness after your filling treatment. These symptoms usually subside within a few days. If you experience persistent discomfort, or if you have any questions, call our office at 361-991-7622.

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Crowns and Bridges (also Inlays and Onlays):

Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary restoration is placed on your tooth/teeth. You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort; these should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s), bridge, inlay, or onlay.

With your temporary restoration, please follow these instructions:

  • If anesthesia was used, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
  • Because temporary restorations are often made of plastic-based material or soft metal, they can break easily. Do not apply too much pressure to your treated tooth or teeth.
  • If your temporary restoration comes off, save it and call our office. It needs to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent your other teeth from moving.
  • Do not eat sticky or hard food, as these can remove your temporary restoration.
  • Try to chew on the opposite side of your treated tooth as much as possible.
  • Maintain normal brushing and flossing, but be careful while flossing. Instead of pulling the floss out from between your teeth, gently remove it from the side. If it is difficult to get the floss between your treated teeth, do not floss until you receive your permanent restoration.

After you receive your permanent restoration, you may experience some slight pressure for a few days. Your bite may also feel a little different, but these side effects should subside after a few days. If, after a few days, your bite still feels uneven, or if you experience discomfort while chewing, call our office. Any delay to necessary adjustments could cause permanent damage.

If you have any questions, or for further instructions from Dr. Robert Madry, please call us at 361-991-7622.

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Root Canal:

  • Take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist.
  • If a temporary restoration was placed on your tooth, do not bite on that tooth surface for one hour, and while you are numb.
  • If you have a temporary restoration, be gentle with it until you receive your permanent one. Do this by chewing on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Continue regular brushing and flossing.

After your treatment, you may experience mild sensitivity, pain, pressure on your tooth, or gum soreness for a few days. The healing process typically takes several days, but the pain should gradually subside.

Keep any follow-up appointments to receive your permanent restoration and monitor your healing. Any delay to receiving your permanent restoration could cause permanent damage.

Call our office at 361-991-7622 if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions.

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Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning):

  • If you were treated with any anesthesia, do not eat anything until the numbness wears off.
  • Continue regular brushing and flossing.

It is normal to experience some sensitivity to temperature and minor bleeding. If excessive bleeding persists, call our office at 361-991-7622.

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Gum Surgery:

  • Take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist.
  • Apply an ice bag over the surgical site for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off for the rest of the day after your surgery.
  • Do NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • Do NOT brush the teeth that are near the surgical site, but you can brush the rest of your mouth.
  • Do not spit or use a straw on the day of your surgery. Avoid smoking for a few days after surgery.

You may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding after the surgery. Oftentimes, there is also a temporary loss of feeling in the treated area, and the tooth may feel loose. These side effects should subside after a few days.

Be sure to keep your next appointment, when our dentist will remove your sutures. Keep any follow-up appointments as well.

Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime at 361-991-7622. In case of serious emergencies, call 9-1-1.

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Implant Surgery:

  • Take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist.
  • Apply an ice pack to the treated area for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off on the day of surgery.
  • Do NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • Do NOT brush the teeth that are near the treated area. You can brush the rest of your mouth.
  • Do not spit or use a straw on the day of surgery. Avoid smoking for a few days after surgery.

You may experience some discomfort and bleeding the day of the surgery. You may also experience temporary loss of feeling in the operated area, or a feeling that your tooth is loose. These will subside after a few days.

Keep any follow-up appointments to remove sutures and monitor your healing process.

Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office at 361-991-7622. In case of serious emergencies, call 9-1-1.

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Denture Delivery:

  • Take out your dentures every night and keep them in a clean container that is filled with water or denture cleaning solution. This will allow your gums time to rest every day.
  • Clean your dentures thoroughly with a brush and water before putting them back into your mouth.
  • Practice speaking aloud with your dentures by reading a book or the newspaper every day. This will help your tongue and facial muscles get used to the new dentures and help you talk normally.

It is normal to experience some discomfort for a few days when you receive new dentures. All new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth. If you experience persistent pain or discomfort, contact our office at 361-991-7622.

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Apicoectomy (Root Canal Surgery):

  • To keep swelling to a minimum, apply an ice pack for the first few hours after surgery. Keep the ice pack on for 10 minutes and off for 5 minutes.
  • For the first few days after surgery, rinse the treated area after each meal with lukewarm water.
  • Eat only soft foods for a few days after surgery. These include soup, fruit juices, and milk. Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods.
  • Be sure to get plenty of rest, but try not to sleep on the treated area for 2 to 3 days.
  • Maintain a regular food intake. You may also take vitamin supplements if desired.
  • Do NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • Do NOT brush the teeth near the surgical site. You can brush the rest of your mouth.
  • Take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist.

Most people experience some minor swelling, pain, and/or skin discoloration after surgery. This is temporary and will subside after a few days. Some patients also experience a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area, or a feeling that a tooth is loose. This will subside after a few days.

Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office at 361-991-7622. In case of serious emergencies, call 9-1-1.

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If you have any questions or concerns about our post-operative instructions for your dental care in Corpus Christi, Texas, we welcome you to contact our office. Our dentist and team are here to help you receive the care you need and have a successful recovery.