Aftercare Advice From Perfect Smile Spa

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The success of a dental procedure doesn’t end after the treatment is completed. The right aftercare ensures that the healing process is successful, as comfortable as possible for you, and ensures the results of the treatment remain at a high standard.

When you come in to us for treatment we will provide you with full, individual aftercare advice that you need. However, there are also some general aftercare tips you may find useful following a treatment with us:

General Aftercare Advice

  • Local Anaesthetic - If we have used local anaesthetic to provide you with pain-free treatment you should expect the effects to wear off after 3-4 hours at the most. We recommend you avoid eating or drinking for half an hour after treatment and then refrain from chewing anything or drinking anything really hot until the feeling has returned to your lips, cheeks and tongue. This helps to avoid biting or harming soft tissue and causing damage.
  • Painkillers - Ibuprofen and paracetamol can be a good way to manage pain following treatment that may have left you with soreness. Please always follow the instructions given by the manufacturers and your doctor’s guidance.
  • Cleanliness - Try to keep the area surrounding the dental work done as clean as possible following treatment. Maintain oral hygiene as per the instructions given to you by our Essex team.
  • Lifestyle - With a lot of treatments that require your mouth to heal, avoiding excessive drinking or any smoking at all is a good idea. These habits can affect the success of certain treatments and may result in a delayed healing process.

In The Case Of An Emergency

If there is excessive bleeding, the throat is closing over or there are any other clear signs of an emergency call 999 and get to your nearest accident and emergency department. If you have symptoms that are concerning but not life threatening following treatment you can contact us for advice during our opening hours:

TEL: 01708 442 114
FAX: 0170 8442 332

Monday: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 2:00pm

If you require advice outside of these hours, please call NHS 111 or wait until we reopen so that we can provide you with assistance.

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Dental Implant Aftercare

Week 1/ Week 2

  • Avoid putting any undue pressure on the implants area
  • Only eat soft healthy foods for 2 weeks following treatment
  • Avoid sticky foods
  • Avoid placing your tongue near the dental implant area for at least 4 weeks following treatment
  • Take your prescribed medication including antibiotics prescribed by us, completing the entire course
  • Brush surrounding teeth as normal but avoid brushing the implant area at all
  • Rinse with the recommended mouthwash twice a day
  • Avoid any physical exertion like heavy lifting or sports
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 2 weeks following treatment
  • Do not smoke for 3 days before treatment and for 2 weeks after
  • Do not consume hot drinks or very hot foods
  • Do not consume excessively spicy or acidic foods
  • Keep the surgical dressing in place for two weeks after treatment
  • Use an ice pack externally on the implant treated area as often as you can for 3 days following treatment
  • Only use the dentures that we have adapted with a protective dressing for 2 weeks following treatment

Week 3

You can now lightly brush the implant area after the dressing has been removed by dipping a soft toothbrush in recommended mouthwash and gently brushing on and around the treatment area.

Week 4

You can now clean your teeth as normal, taking care to be gentle in sore areas.

Please make sure you attend all scheduled appointments with us. Aftercare advice around dental implants is very specific because the healing process is incredibly important. We want to give you as much advice around this as possible to ensure your treatment has the best possible outcome.

Orthodontics Aftercare

Straight After Treatment:

  • Initial discomfort is normal for a few days after your fixed appliance has been placed. Normal over the counter painkillers should help (take care to follow manufacturer’s instructions)
  • If cheek rubbing occurs place some wax over the parts of the appliance causing you discomfort; we will demonstrate this to you in clinic
  • Changes to speech are entirely normal and they will not last


  • Avoid eating anything sticky
  • Limit the amount of sugary food and drink you are consuming, along with acidic products like fizzy drinks
  • Avoid eating anything particularly hard like boiled sweets, and any hard foods you need to chew like bread crusts or apples should be cut up into very small pieces

Teeth Whitening Aftercare

We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions for the first few days following treatment. However, long-term it is important to note that the way you eat and drink, and the lifestyle habits you have will affect how long the effects of whitening last. To maintain your white teeth for as long as possible:

  • Avoid drinking red wine, tea or coffee, or limit your consumption of them
  • Drink dark drinks through a straw to limit the liquids contact with your teeth
  • Avoid smoking which stains the teeth quickly

Root Canal Aftercare

Local Anaesthetic

We will use local anaesthetic to provide you with pain free treatment. This will last a few hours after treatment so please avoid drinking anything very hot, or chewing anything until full feeling has returned to your mouth.

Temporary Crown Or Filling:

  • A portion of the filling may wear away or break off: this is normal
  • Avoid consuming anything sticky or hard
  • Try to chew on the side of your mouth without the crown or filling
  • Brush as normal
  • Floss as normal but avoid the areas around the temporary crown or filling
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Speak To Perfect Smile Spa For Further Advice

We are here to provide you with all the information you need to remain comfortable following your treatment. We also want to do everything we can to ensure it successfully heals and provides you with long term smile health and happiness. If you are concerned at all about your treatment or you need further advice for aftercare, please get in touch with our team on 01708 442 114 and we will do everything we can to help you.

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