Post-Op Questions

Post-Op Instructions

If you are undergoing a dental procedure, you will be given a set of post-operative instructions that is essential to follow to prevent infections in surgical sites, protect restorations, and minimize the possibility of experiencing complications. Post-operative instructions will vary from procedure to procedure.  Our Riverside dental professionals are also available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise after treatment or days following treatment.

Post-Op Questions

Try to anticipate some of the questions you may have about your post-operative care and ask them prior to your treatment.

Some of the most common post-op questions include:

  • How should I manage pain following my procedure?
  • How long should I experience discomfort?
  • Do I need to follow any special dietary guidelines?
  • Is it safe for me to drink through a straw?
  • Will I be able to drive myself home after my procedure?
  • Will I need to take an antibiotic?
  • Will I need to return to your office for a follow-up appointment?
  • When will my permanent restorations be ready?
  • How do I care for my removable prosthesis?

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I talk with my dentist about the questions I have regarding my post-operative care?

Yes. Your post-operative care is contingent on you understanding everything about the recovery process and your responsibilities in caring for the site that was treated.

What should I expect when I speak with my dentist?

Your Riverside dentist will allocate time in your consultation and treatment appointment to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with post op instructions following your procedure.

Is there anything I can do to make the process easier?

Yes. Begin thinking of any questions you may have about your post-operative care, and begin writing them down. You’ll be ready to ask all of your questions when the opportunity arises without missing any important details.