After having a dental procedure done, at-home care is very important. Below is a guideline for your reference, but please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.
After Cosmetic Reconstruction
It will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position and thickness of your teeth normal. If your bit feels off after few days, call us to schedule an 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 for few days. Also your gums might be sore for few days. Rinse with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day to reduce pain and help with the healing. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours) can help with any pain.
Avoid hard foods and objects (nuts, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
Daily brushing and flossing are indicated for your new dental work. A good oral hygiene is critical for the long-term success of your new restorations, as are regular cleaning appointments.
If you are active in contact sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear your night guard.
After crown and bridge appointments
Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. After the first visit, a temporary crown or bridge is placed to protect the teeth while the final restoration is being made.
Occasionally the temporary crown may come off. Call us 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 but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
Do not smoke, rinse vigorously, suck on straws, drink alcohol or touch the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dissolve the clot and delay the healing process.
Limit forceful exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas applied to the area will decrease the swelling. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. Avoid small grain foods, such as rice or oatmeal, the first 24 hrs since these might get trapped in the extraction site.
After 24 hours resume your oral hygiene habits (brushing and flossing at least twice a day).
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
After Composite Fillings (white fillings)
If anesthetic was used, your lips and tongue will be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold, and 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. If sensitivity persists after few days or if it increases, call our office.
You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off.
After Teeth Whitening
Your teeth might feel sensitive. This is normal and it resolves after few days. Also your gums might experience some soreness; rinses with warm salt water will help your gums heal.
Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
You can use whitening toothpaste to help preserve the new teeth shade.