When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. 

When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days for the new form of the teeth to feel normal. If you continue to detect any high spots when biting, or if pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days, contact our office at Omaha Office Phone Number 402-333-6080 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.  Extreme temperature pain is not normal and should quickly be addressed by making an appointment to see Dr. O’Malley.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.  Refer to the oral hygiene information in the Dental Health section of our website for more information on this.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new dental work. Avoid hard foods and substances and sticky candies. Smoking, and consuming dark colored foods and liquids, will stain teeth and dental restorations.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom athletic mouthguard. If extensive work was completed, adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile may take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

If a composite resin restoration (white filling) was completed, you may chew like normal since the material is completely set at the end of the appointment.  But be sure to wait until the anesthetic completely wears off.


Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Omaha Office Phone Number 402-333-6080 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary.  So instead, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

Please read the above information regarding tooth restorations since it also applies to these procedures.


click: Post-op instructions for root canal procedure (pdf file)


click: Post-op instructions for extractions (pdf file)