Pre-and-Post-Op Instructions

Welcome to our pre- and post-op instructions page. Here, we provide you with the necessary guidance before and after your dental procedures to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery. Understanding and following these instructions can significantly enhance your treatment outcome and speed up the healing process. Remember, these are general recommendations; always follow the specific instructions provided by Dr. Todd Garland or Dr. Ira Port tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.
Dental Implants:

  • Ensure your oral hygiene is top-notch.


  • Use prescribed painkillers as necessary to manage discomfort.
  • Stick to a diet of soft foods and avoid applying pressure on the implant site.
  • Continue your oral hygiene routine but be extra gentle around the implant area.

Dental Crowns and Bridges:

  • Regular brushing and flossing should be maintained to keep your mouth clean.


  • Stay away from hard or sticky foods that might dislodge your new crown or bridge.
  • Continue with your regular oral hygiene practices.

Teeth Whitening:

  • Ensure your teeth are clean and flossed thoroughly.
  • Avoid consuming anything that could stain your teeth, like coffee or tobacco.


  • Keep away from foods and drinks that could stain your teeth for at least 48 hours.
  • Continue maintaining good oral hygiene.

Dental Veneers:

  • Regular brushing and flossing are essential to prepare your teeth for veneers.


  • Avoid biting or chewing hard substances with your veneered teeth.
  • Keep up your regular oral hygiene routine but be gentle when cleaning around the veneers.

Periodontal Surgery:

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene.
  • Our dentists may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.


  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe your gums.
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed.
  • Adhere to a soft foods diet and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.

Scaling & Root Planing:

  • Maintain oral hygiene to prepare your mouth for the procedure.


  • Do not eat until the anesthesia has completely worn off to avoid accidental biting.
  • Brush and floss gently to clean your teeth.

Bone Grafting:

  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial.
  • Antibiotics might be prescribed to ward off potential infections.


  • Avoid disturbing the graft site.
  • Maintain a diet of soft foods.
  • Take any prescribed medications and rinse with a prescribed mouthwash or warm salt water to keep the surgical site clean.

If you have any questions about these instructions or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Jackson, New Jersey, please call Century Dental at 732-928-7770.