Patient Instructions

At Fine Dental Care, we prioritize your aftercare to ensure optimal procedure results. We understand that your oral health journey doesn’t end when you leave our office. That’s why we provide comprehensive guidance and support to ensure that your recovery process is smooth and successful.

Patient Instructions | Dr. Fine | Fine Dental Care in Wayne, NJ

General Post-Procedure Guidelines

For all treatments, it’s crucial to adhere to these general guidelines: avoid consuming hard or sticky foods for 24 hours or more, as they can dislodge or damage restorations. You should also refrain from chewing ice. Follow our office’s instructions diligently and be sure to maintain good oral hygiene practices.

Following significant treatment or dental surgery, we often recommend a pain management regimen consisting of 3 Advil tablets combined with 1 Tylenol. Recent studies highlight the superiority of this combination compared to opioids. Unlike opioids, which merely alter pain perception, Advil and Tylenol address pain at its source. Additionally, this combination not only alleviates existing pain but also has preventative properties, minimizing the likelihood of discomfort. It’s also essential to avoid any medications you’re allergic to and consult your physician if you have concerns.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At Fine Dental Care, your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We are committed to providing excellent care that supports your long-term dental health.

Additional Instructions

Below are further aftercare instructions for various types of treatments:

Aftercare Instructions for Pediatric Preventative Visits

It is normal for a child to feel some mild soreness for the first couple of days. To alleviate this, they can rinse their mouth with warm salt water a few times a day. For any discomfort, you can administer Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil according to the guidelines for your child’s age and weight.

After receiving a sealant, the tooth may feel unusual to your child. This sensation should normalize within a few days. For the first 24 hours, avoid giving them crunchy, hard, or sticky foods.

To ensure the fluoride treatment is effective, patients should avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for 30 minutes or more after application.

Instructions for Pediatric Procedures

While numb, it’s important your child does not eat or chew. They should be cautious not to bite their tongue, lips, or cheeks to avoid injuries. Avoid giving them hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 24 hours. If there is any discomfort or sensitivity, administer Children’s Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil following the dosage for their age and weight.

Advise your child against rinsing, spitting, or using a straw after treatment. They should also avoid touching the treated area with their fingers or tongue. If there’s continuous or unusual bleeding, apply a moist gauze pad to the extraction site. Have them hold it in place or bite down on it for 30 minutes, repeating as necessary until the bleeding stops.

Stick to a soft diet for the next couple of days or until your child is comfortable eating normally. Avoid any strenuous activity for the day. For any discomfort, administer Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil as directed. If the discomfort lasts over 24 hours, please call our office.

To manage any sensitivity post-treatment, you can give your child Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil, following the guidelines for their age and weight. Contact our office if the discomfort or sensitivity persists beyond 24 hours.

Keep a close watch on your child for the first two hours after their appointment. We recommend sticking to soft or liquid foods until the anesthesia wears off. Also, ensure your child does not touch or play with the numb area.