Caring for Your Dental and Oral Health at Greenbrier Dental Excellence

At Greenbrier Dental Excellence, we emphasize the importance of regular dental checkups and professional cleanings in maintaining a healthy and vibrant smile. Our routine visits are essential for early detection and treatment of dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and changes in your oral health. We encourage you to inform us about any illnesses or medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs.

Five Steps to a Radiant Smile and a Healthy Body:

  1. Daily Flossing and Twice-Daily Brushing: Enhance your oral hygiene with effective brushing techniques, possibly using an electric toothbrush.
  2. Biannual Dental Visits: Ensure to schedule professional teeth cleanings at Greenbrier Dental Excellence at least twice a year.
  3. Nutritious Choices for Optimal Health: A well-balanced diet is key to overall health and well-being.
  4. Regular Exercise: Keep active to support your general health.
  5. Tobacco-Free Lifestyle: Protect your oral and overall health by avoiding tobacco in all its forms.

After-Care for Various Dental Procedures:

Crowns and Bridges:

  • Avoid chewing until numbness subsides.
  • Refrain from chewing on the side with the temporary restoration.
  • Maintain regular oral hygiene with gentle brushing and flossing.
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste if you experience sensitivity.
  • Contact us for persistent sensitivity or concerns.
  • Rinse with warm salt water or prescribed mouthwash to alleviate discomfort.

Dental Implants:

  • Apply gentle pressure with gauze pads post-surgery.
  • Limit physical activity immediately after the procedure.
  • Avoid eating until numbness wears off.
  • Use ice packs to manage swelling.
  • Rinse with warm salt water to reduce discomfort.
  • Stay hydrated and choose soft foods.
  • Follow mouth rinse instructions and avoid flossing near the implant initially.
  • Continue regular oral hygiene for other teeth.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed.
  • Refrain from smoking for at least 72 hours post-surgery.


  • Formation of a blood clot is crucial in the first 24 hours.
  • Apply gauze to control bleeding and avoid suction actions.
  • Refrain from vigorous rinsing or brushing near the extraction site initially.
  • Avoid smoking or tobacco for at least 72 hours.
  • Manage sneezing or coughing, especially if prone to allergies.
  • Consume mild, non-irritating foods and beverages.
  • Use pain medication as needed.
  • Apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Gently brush and floss around the area after the first day.
  • Continue any prescribed antibiotics to completion.
  • Rinse with warm salt water and apply moist heat for swelling.
  • Contact us with any concerns.

Root Canal Therapy:

  • Avoid using the treated tooth until numbness fades.
  • Take pain medication as needed.
  • Follow any prescribed antibiotic regimen.
  • Maintain normal brushing and flossing.
  • Contact us if sensitivity persists beyond a few days.
  • Rinse with warm salt water to alleviate discomfort.
  • Keep activities light for a few days following the procedure.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
  • Schedule to have the tooth crowned within two weeks to prevent damage.

Tooth-Colored Fillings:

  • Wait until numbness dissipates before chewing.
  • Continue regular oral hygiene to keep gums healthy.
  • Contact us for ongoing sensitivity.
  • Rinse with warm salt water to reduce discomfort.
  • Reach out to us at Greenbrier Dental Excellence with any questions or concerns.


“A smile is a universal welcome.” – Max Eastman

At Greenbrier Dental Excellence, we are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your oral health is cared for with the utmost professionalism and care. Your smile is our top priority!