Home Care Instructions
Instructions to maintain your smile at home!
Routine brushing and flossing are requirements for your new dental work. Everyday plaque removal is basic for the long term care of your new teeth, as are customary cleaning arrangements. Any sustenance that can break, chip or harm a natural tooth can also do damage to your newly restored tooth. Avoid hard foods and substances (ice, fingernails, pencils, tough foods, etc) and sticky candy. Limit or stay away from substances that stain, for example, espresso, red wine, etc.
Composite Filling Care
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. Avoid any chewing and hot liquids until the numbness has worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb. It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your procedure. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin work well to alleviate the pain. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off since they are fully set when you leave the office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.
Crown & Bridge Care
Dental Crowns and bridges may take more than one procedure to finish. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are created. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being created. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off. Occasionally a temporary crown can come off, if this happens, bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It’s important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit. To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods, hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is common to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each procedure. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the final procedure. Mild pain medications may also to combat the pain and discomfort. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.
Tooth Extraction Care
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the procedure can help to form a clot. If the bleeding still persists, place another gauze pad and bite for another 30 minutes. If it still is bleeding you can also try biting on a tea bag (black, not herbal) for about 10 minutes. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for the next 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling, an ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. After a few days, you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, contact us immediately.