Home Care

Cosmetic Reconstruction Home Care

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It is important for patients to remember that after they have received a cosmetic reconstruction procedure it will take time to adjust to the feel of things.When the position of your teeth has changed due to a new bite, it will take the brain a few days to identify the new position of the teeth. However if after several days you still feel uncomfortable please give us a call. We will then set up a follow-up appointment to adjust it to your comfort.

It is absolutely normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold. You may also experience gum sensitivity and soreness this is also to be expected. A warm water salt rinse (cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt) can be used up to three times a day and will help to reduce swelling. Patients are also able to take Tylenol or ibuprofen every few hours to help alleviate any pain or discomfort.

If you notice a slight difference in your speech, do not be alarmed. An alteration in speech is common and should only last for a couple of days. Once you properly acclimated you will go back to speaking normally. You might even notice an increase in salivation. This is to be expected as your brain is still adjusting to the new shape and size of your mouth.

Continue to brush and floss your teeth daily as this is paramount to the success of your new teeth. Minimize or refrain from chewing or eating any foods or drinks that can crack and/ or stain your teeth such as coffee, wine, berries, tea, ice, and other types or hard candy.

If you participate in sports it is important that you let us know so that we can make a custom mouth guard. As an extra precaution, it is recommended for patients who grind their teeth at night to wear the night guard provided to you.

Crown and Bridge Appointments Home Care

If you are a patient that is receiving a temporary crown or bridge this page is section is for you. You have likely received a crown or bridge to protect your teeth while your custom restoration is being made. For this procedure, the teeth will be anesthetized. As a result, patients will experience numbness in the tongue, the roof of mouth and lips. It is recommended that you refrain from drinking or eating anything hot during this time.

In order to keep your temporary bridge or crown in place, we ask that you avoid tacky food such as gum and some types of hard foods. Try chewing on the opposite side of the mouth from where the bridge or crown is. If your bite feels uneven or you are experiencing any pain please give us a call. If your crown or bridge ever comes off, call us as soon as you can so that we can re-cement the temporary crown or bridge.

Tooth Extraction Home Care

Tooth Extraction

Once a tooth has been extracted, there will inevitably be some bleeding. While you are still within our dental practice we will ask that you bite down on gauze. The pressure from the gauze helps the blood to clot. If the blood does not clot properly you will not be able to start the healing process. Do not be alarmed if the blood does not start clotting after the first gauze pad, do not be alarmed. It is typical for someone to use several gauze pads over a couple of hours before the bleeding stops. You do not want to disrupt the clot once you have stopped bleeding.

Take care to avoid doing any of the following things after the bleeding has stopped:

  • Suck on a straw (we know this can be tough to avoid but you must)
  • Do not smoke under any circumstances!
  • Do not drink alcohol!
  • Do not rinse your mouth with an OTC mouth wash unless recommended by our dental practice.
  • Do not exercise for at least 24 hours.

You will likely feel some pain once the tooth has been extracted. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and extraction experience.

You can do the following things to help after extraction.

  • Use ice, cold pack or other cold object to reduce swelling.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed. If your pain medications are not working, contact our office.
  • Take antibiotics as directed. Do not stop taking them even if symptoms or infection stops.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Eat soft, nutritious (and delicious) foods.
  • Start a normal dental cleaning routine after the first 24 hours. This will ensure you are keeping a healthy mouth which will allow you to heal faster. Make sure you floss.

If for any reason you still have still have severe pain or bleeding after 48-72 hours, call our dental office.

Composite Fillings and Home Care

Composite Fillings Home Care

During the procedure we use anesthetic. It is not unusual for your tongue, lips, and sometimes cheeks to be numb. This makes it easy for you to inadvertently bite your cheeks or tongue. It may sound silly, but almost everyone does it. You should avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off. Additionally, it is easy to burn your tongue or mouth on things that are too hot. Therefore, you should avoid drinking hot substances until the anesthetic has worn off.

Some people are sensitive to hot and cold substances after receiving a composite filling. Don’t worry, it is normal. If the sensitivity to hot and cold continues after 72 hours, just follow up with us. Take some OTC medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen to help with any pain or swelling. Feel free to chew and eat normally once the anesthetic has worn off unless otherwise directed by our practice.

If you have any further questions about home care, give your local office a call.

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