Ouhl, Rick K. DDS
Ouhl, Rick K. DDS
11517 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444 | none@gmail.com
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Dental Procedure Post Op in Tacoma, WA

Proper post-operative care is important to the long term quality of your dental health. Please follow the appropriate link for post-operative instructions for your specific dental treatment.


Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Tooth knocked out
Fractured Tooth
Fractured Jaw
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Mouth Sores


Once we have restored your teeth with tooth-colored materials, these restorations will serve you well for several years. The resin (plastic) material used contains small “filler” particles of glass-like material for strength and wear resistance. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. However, you should be aware of the following information about your new restorations:

  • Composite fillings set up hard right away. There is no waiting time to eat. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many individuals will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper/larger the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site. Warm salt water rinses can help it heal faster.
  • The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days. Please call if you feel it may need to be smoothed more.


Permanent Crowns


Sore Spots: Usually, your mouth will have a few “sore spots” after wearing the denture/partial for 24 hours. These areas can be relieved with very little effort during your next appointment.

  • Cleaning the Dentures/Partials and your Mouth: Your denture/partials can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and mild denture toothpaste. Periodic denture soaks are also very useful (ex: Polident). We recommend leaving your partials out of your mouth at night and soaking in water.
Dentures only
Partials only
We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and esthetic dentures/partials. We feel confident that after a few weeks of becoming adjusted to the new dentures/partials, you will have years of satisfaction from them. Over time, your jawbone and gums shrink when there are teeth missing. When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining.

Night Guards

Since the treatment you are to receive is mainly orthopedic in nature, we have fabricated an orthopedic appliance to help relax any of your jaw muscles which are in spasm and to reduce any muscle pain. There are many situations that may cause your lower jaw to malfunction including accidental trauma, developmental defects, peculiar oral habits, naturally occurring malocclusion (poor bite), psychological stress, clenching or bruxing of teeth, and other problems.
Cleaning the Splint

Root Canals

Endodontic treatment can take 1 or 2 appointments depending on the case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any of these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling. If you experience swelling, please call our office immediately as additional medication may be required.

  • One common occurrence with a newly root-canalled tooth is for the tooth to feel high when you bite your teeth together. If this occurs it will cause your tooth to stay sensitive for a longer period of time. Please call us if your bite feels “high” as this problem is easily rectified with a simple bite adjustment.
  • A temporary filling may be used to temporarily seal the tooth between visits.
  • Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
  • During endodontic treatment, the nerve, blood and nutrient supply to the tooth is removed. This will cause the tooth to become brittle and prone to fracturing which could result in the need to extract the tooth. A full coverage crown is recommended to prevent this from happening.

Root Plane / Deep Cleaning

Periodontal therapy has been completed today in one area of your mouth. This area may be tender after anesthesia wears off. Feel free to use warm salt water rinses and take an NSAID such as ibuprofen or Aleve to relieve any discomfort. This discomfort should not exceed the need for anti-inflammatory or analgesics found over the counter. The amount of post operative bleeding should be very minimal. You may eat, drink, brush, and floss immediately; however we do recommend waiting until the local anesthetic wears off.