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Post-Op Instructions for Dental Onlays/Inlays

Thank you for choosing Village Smile Care for your dental onlay or inlay procedure. Dental onlays and inlays are restorative treatments used to repair teeth damaged by decay or trauma. These custom-made restorations are designed to fit precisely into the prepared cavity, restoring the tooth’s shape, strength, and function. 

Proper post-operative care is essential for ensuring the success and longevity of your dental onlay or inlay. Below are comprehensive guidelines to help you navigate the post-op period and promote optimal healing.

What to Do Right After the Procedure

Taking Care of Your Mouth

Right after the procedure, it’s normal to experience some numbness in your mouth due to the anesthesia. Be extra careful not to bite your tongue, cheeks, or lips while the numbness persists. Do not eat or drink anything hot until the numbness wears off to prevent accidental burns or bites.

Managing Discomfort

It’s common to feel some discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. You may experience mild soreness or sensitivity in the treated area. Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can alleviate this discomfort. Make sure to adhere to the dosage instructions on the label, and if the pain continues or intensifies, please reach out to our office.

Handling Bleeding

Minor bleeding is normal after dental procedures. If you notice some bleeding, gently bite down on a piece of gauze or a clean cloth for about 20 minutes. This should help stop the bleeding. If bleeding continues or becomes heavy, please reach out to us immediately.

Avoiding Certain Foods and Drinks

For the first 24 hours after your procedure, it’s best to stick to soft foods and avoid anything too hot or cold. Steer clear of hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that might harm your new inlay or onlay. Steer clear of chewing gum and very sugary snacks as well.

Long-Term Care: Ensuring a Healthy Recovery

Oral Hygiene Routine

Maintaining your oral health is necessary to ensure your inlay or onlay lasts a long time and to keep your overall dental health in top shape. Follow the directions on the bottle, usually rinsing once or twice a day. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol, as they can cause dryness and irritation. Be particularly gentle around the treated area to prevent any irritation.


Flossing daily is essential, but be gentle around your inlay or onlay. Use a gentle sawing motion to avoid putting too much pressure on the treated area. Consider using interdental brushes or water flossers. 

Rinsing with Mouthwash

Using an antimicrobial mouthwash aids in maintaining oral cleanliness and lowering the risk of infection. Follow the instructions on the bottle to rinse your mouth, typically once or twice daily. Steer clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes, as they may lead to dryness and irritation.

Avoiding Bad Habits

Certain habits can damage your inlays or onlays and overall dental health. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, or non-food items like pencils and fingernails. If you grind your teeth at night, talk to us about getting a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

Monitoring and Follow-Up: Keeping Your Smile in Check

Sensitivity and Bite Adjustment

It’s common to feel some sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days following the procedure. This sensitivity should lessen over time. If you continue to experience sensitivity after a week or if your bite feels off, please get in touch with our office. We might need to make minor adjustments to ensure everything is comfortable.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining your oral health and ensuring your inlay or onlay stays in good condition. We recommend visiting our office every six months for a routine check-up and cleaning. During these visits, we can monitor the condition of your inlay or onlay and make any necessary adjustments.

Signs of Potential Problems

Keep an eye out for any signs that something might be wrong with your inlay or onlay. If you notice any of the following issues, contact us immediately:

  • Persistent pain or sensitivity
  • A feeling that your bite is uneven
  • The inlay or onlay feels loose or has come out
  • Swelling or unusual discomfort around the treated area

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support healthy teeth and gums. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks and snacks that can lead to decay.

Protecting Your Teeth

If you participate in sports or other activities that risk dental injury, consider wearing a mouthguard. This can protect your inlays, onlays, and natural teeth from damage.

Handling Emergencies

In case of an emergency, such as your inlay or onlay coming loose or falling out, keep calm and contact our office immediately. Avoid trying to fix it yourself. If the inlay or onlay falls out, keep it in a safe place and bring it with you to your appointment.

Enjoying Your New Smile

We hope these instructions help you feel confident and comfortable as you recover from your dental inlay or onlay procedure. Remember, taking good care of your teeth and following these guidelines will ensure your smile stays bright and healthy for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Thank you for choosing us for your dental care needs. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment and helping you maintain your beautiful smile!

Emergency Situations

If you experience any issues or emergencies related to your dental onlay or inlay, such as severe pain, sensitivity, or damage to the restoration, contact Village Smile Care for prompt assistance. We can help address any concerns and provide timely solutions to ensure your comfort and oral health.

By following these post-op instructions and guidelines provided by Village Smile Care, you can promote optimal healing and maintain the health and functionality of your restored tooth. Please get in touch with us for assistance if you have any questions or concerns about your onlay inlay or post-op care. 

Village Smile Care. 1730 Springdale St. Mt Horeb, WI 53572. Call (608) 437-7645

Office Hours

Monday: 7am to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 7am to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am to 3pm
Friday: By Appointment

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(608) 437-7645

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