Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

It is normal to notice differences in the way your bite feels after reconstruction. Keep in mind that it will take several days to get used to the new feel and recognize the new shape of your bite. If you still feel problems or high spots in your bite after a week, please give us a call to schedule an adjustment.

Sensitivity to intense hot or cold is normal and expected. Removal of tooth structure causes hypersensitivity in the treated teeth, as they need time to heal. It is also common to have some pain in the gums surrounding the teeth that were treated. Rinses with warm salt water can help to ease this pain. Use a teaspoon of salt mixed into a cup of warm water three times per day. Ibuprofen or Tylenol are also effective ways of relieving residual pain. (Read the instructions on the bottle to determine dosage.

Cosmetic reconstruction might also slightly affect your speech until your mouth gets used to the new shape of your teeth. Allow for a few days in order for this adjustment to take place. Also remember that an increase in salivation is a normal response as your brain adjusts to the new shape.

Keep in mind that daily brushing and flossing are imperative for the maintaining of your new dental work. Removal of plaque should be performed daily to maintain a clean and healthy mouth. Don’t forget to schedule your regular cleaning appointments to help to keep your mouth healthy and clean.

Keep away from any foods that can crack, chip or damage your new teeth. These hard foods include but are not limited to (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. In addition, smoking might damage or stain your new teeth and should be avoided if at all possible. Other staining substances include but are not limited to coffee, red wine, tea, and berries.

Athletes who have just finished cosmetic reconstruction should always wear a custom mouthguard when playing any sports in order to protect the new teeth. Likewise, patients who typically grind their teeth should wear the nightguard that we can provide to you at the end of your procedure. Remember that adjusting to the feel of your new smile takes a bit of time. Please contact us with any additional questions and concerns that you have.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges generally take more than one appointment. (often 2 to 3) The first visit is centered around taking a custom mold of your mouth in order to create the best fit possible for your tooth. In between appointments, temporary crowns or bridges are used as a placeholder to protect the teeth while the restoration is being made. After the procedure, areas surrounding the treated teeth including the tongue, lips, and the roof of your mouth. Do not drink any cold or hot beverages during this time, because your mouth will not be able to tell how hot or cold the beverage is, and it could damage your mouth.

It is possible for a crown to come off. If this ever happens, call us to schedule an appointment to fix it as soon as possible. It is important to come in as soon as possible to get this fixed so that we can restore the crown. The temporary crown is imperative for holding surrounding teeth in place to keep them from compromising the final fit.

Avoid eating sticky, chewy or hard foods while you have to temporary crown in place. These foods can cause your temporary crown to come loose, which compromises the restoration. Continue to brush normally which your temporary is in place, but show extra caution when flossing to make sure that you do not dislodge the crown.

Temperature and pressure sensitivity is common after this type of procedure. Allow a few weeks for the pain to subside and return to normal. If the pain is a hindrance, you may administer some mild pain medication at our discretion. If your bite feels uneven for a long period of time or if you have lingering pain after a few weeks, call our office and schedule another consultation.

After Tooth Extraction

Immediately after a tooth extraction, we ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze for 30-45 minutes in order for a blood clot to form. If the bleeding persists, you might need to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, the clot must be undisturbed for 72 hours. In order to avoid slowing down the healing process, please avoid these things during this 72 hours.

  • Vigorous rinsing
  • Sucking on straws
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Brush teeth at the spot of the extraction
  • Vigorous exercising (this can raise blood pressure and increase the possibility of bleeding)

After the procedure, you might experience some pain and swelling. A good way to sooth this pain and to lower the swelling is with an ice pack or even a frozen bag of vegetables. Make sure not to injure the area when applying these cold packs. Any swelling should subside after 48 hours. Eat nutritious soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can eat normal foods as soon as you are comfortable.

If the pain medication that has been prescribed is not managing the pain of the procedure, please call us and let us know. It is possible that the wound has been infected if the pain does not subsist. In this case, we will prescribe antibiotics in order to kill the infection. Take the antibiotics for the full amount of time as indicated, even if signs of the infection are gone.

After 24 hours, we recommend that you get back to your normal dental hygiene routine. It is very important to continue brushing and flossing daily in order to maintain the health of your other teeth.

Normal activities can resume after a few days. However, if severe bleeding or swelling continues after 2-3 days, please call our office for another examination.

After a procedure, the anesthetic might cause your lips and tongue to remain numb for a few hours after the appointment. No not drink any hot or cold liquids during this time in order to avoid hurting yourself or damaging your filling. Be mindful when eating during this time, as it is easy to burn or bite your lip while your mouth is numb.

Sensitivity to extreme hot or cold is also normal after your appointment. Any sites where injections have been made will most likely experience some soreness. Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and aspirin can relieve this soreness and prevent swelling during this time. If sensitivity or soreness persists for more than three days, please call our office and schedule another consultation and examination.

Your diet can remain normal as long as the anesthetic has worn off. The composite fillings should always be completely set before you leave the office.

If you have any issues with your filling, or if your bite feels abnormal, call our office and schedule another consultation.

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