Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

It will take your body a while to get used to the feeling of your new bite alignment. When your teeth are altered or repositioned in any way, it takes your body a couple days to adjust to the changes, much like wearing a new ring. However, if you feel as though your body is experiencing any issues with the new bite alignment after the adjustment period, call our office to schedule a consultation.

After a dental procedure, it is normal to experience dental sensitivity, as it takes time for your teeth to heal and adjust to their new position. It is also common to experience gum soreness. Salt rinses can help bring down any pain or swelling. You can also take over the counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin. It is important to follow the instructions on any medication you may take, and to not exceed the recommended doses. However, over the counter pain medication is useful to help ease any discomfort you may experience.

If you experience speech issues during the first few days after your treatment, do not be alarmed. This is just your brain adjusting to the shift in positions and it should go away shortly. You also may experience an increase in saliva production due to your brain compensating for the new tooth position. This should go away after around a week as you brain adjusts to the new position.

Caring for your dental work is crucial. It is imperative to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing to ensure the longevity of your teeth. It is also important how to keep up with regular dental visits for cleaning.

Foods that may cause damages to your new teeth should be avoided, like nuts, ice, or pencils. It is important to avoid sticky candies,a s well as foods that stain your teeth, like coffee and red wine. Keep away from smoking as well, as it can cause serious damage to your new teeth.

If you are going to be participating in sports, we can craft you a custom made mouthguard. The same can be done if you grind your teeth at night, as it is important to protect your new teeth against all forms of damage.

It takes time to adjust to your new smile. If you run into any issues, or have questions or concerns, feel free to call our office, we’re always happy to help. As always, notify your dentist immediately if you have persistent pain, or any other health concerns related to your oral care.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

It can take two or three visits to complete dental crowns and bridges. First, your dentist will need to prepare molds of your teeth, which allows them to custom fit the crowns or bridges to your mouth.  Your teeth will be prepared for the crown or to anchor the dental bridge, and temporary crowns will be placed over the teeth while the finalized versions are being made. Since localized anesthetic may be used, there may be some residual numbness in the mouth. It is best to avoid drinking or eating hot things until after the numbness has subsided in order to avoid injury.

In some cases, the temporary crown may come loose. Contact our office if this happens and we can reattach the crown itself, as it is important for the crown to stay in place to protect the tooth and allow for the best fit of the permanent crown or bridge.

It is best to avoid sticky or hard foods while you have a temporary crown, and to chew on the other side of the mouth when possible. However, brushing and flossing should be carried out normally, with the exception of being careful not to floss off the temporary crown.

Pressure or temperature sensitivity is normal after a dental procedure, and should decrease within a couple weeks. Mild pain medication may also be suggested to treat discomfort while your teeth are healing.

Any continual unevenness of bite, or constant pain, should be taken care of. Make sure to call our office if you have any questions after our procedure.

After Tooth Extraction

Clotting is imperative to the healing of an extraction site, which is why you should be incredibly careful of an extraction site after your appointment. We have you bite down on a gauze pad for over a half hour in order to aid the formation of the blood clot, which speeds up the recovery process. Any bleeding or oozing after the procedure can be taken care of by changing the gauze pad, and may need to be repeated up over 24 hours. It is normal to find traces of blood in your mouth after the extraction.

It is important to make sure the blood clot stays in place to aid healing. Avoid brushing around the extraction site, sucking on straws, or vigorous rinsing for at least 72 hours after your procedure. Any of these activities can remove the blood clot and severely slow the healing process. It is also important to not exercise vigorously for at least 24 hours after your procedure, as it can cause more bleeding at the extraction site and slow the formation of blood clots.

Swelling and pain is normal after a tooth extraction, and can be lessened by using an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas. It is also important to take pain meds as per prescription directions, as this can help ease any discomfort and limit inflammation at the extraction site. Swelling should go down between two days to a week after your extraction.

If your medication does not seem to be working, call our office to get recommendations from the dentist, and to make sure the prescription itself does not need to be changed. Make sure to take antibiotics for the full time prescribed, even if the infection itself seems to have abated, and avoid hard foods on the day of extraction. You can resume eating as per usual as soon as you feel comfortable, although the extraction site itself should be avoided.

Normal dental care can be resumed after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing regularly. This can help speed healing and prevent infections.

If after a few days you do not feel correct, such as if you have heavy bleeding, a fever, swelling, or in severe pain, or an allergic reaction to any medication, call our office as soon as possible.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

Localized anesthetic can last for a couple hours after the appointment, and may cause lip and tongues to be numb for an extended period of time. Avoid chewing, drinking hot beverages, or any hot foods until after the numbness has gone away, as it is very easy to injure your tongue or cheek while your mouth is numbed.

Injection sites may be sore after your procedure, and it is normal to experience temperature and pressure sensitivity as well. Tylenol and Motrin can be used to alleviate discomfort as per dosage instructions on the bottle, and can help bring down swelling.  However, if any symptoms last over four days, contact our office immediately.

Composite fillings are alright to chew on as long as all numbness has gone away, as they are safe to use as soon as you leave our office.

If you have any questions, or constant, lingering pain, call our office to get expert advice from our dental team.