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Dental Treatment Post-Op Care Instructions

Dental Crowns & Bridges At-Home Care

Crowns and bridges usually require a couple of appointments to complete. On the first appointment the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

It's normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Removing tooth structure and placement of new materials may result in a period of adjustment. If your teeth are sensitive to temperature or pressure use a desensitizing toothpaste. Your gums may also be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp of salt in a cup of warm water,) to reduce soft tissue pain and irritation. Mild pain medication, Ibuprofen or Tylenol, should ease any discomfort during the adjustment period. Remember, any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new porcelain restorations.

Temporary Dental Crown Care

Your temporary crown serves two purposes - To maintain the position of the tooth and to protect the prepared tooth.Here are a few home care instructions you will need to follow. Avoid eating anything sticky or hard. Anything that can break the temporary or attach to the temporary. (Ex.Peanuts, Caramels, etc.) No chewing gum.

Brushing & Flossing Teeth

Brush as normal at least 2 times daily. When flossing, pull the floss out from the side instead of pulling up to avoid loosening the temporary crown. Your permanent restoration may be flossed as normal.

If your temporary crown does come off, please contact our office as soon as possible to have it re-cemented. It will only take a few minutes. If your temporary crown comes off and you are unable to get to our office, dry the tooth with a tissue, line the temporary with a small amount of Vaseline or toothpaste, and place the temporary back on the tooth. The temporary will only fit in one direction, usually the longer side is toward the cheek.

We are looking forward to seeing you to deliver your new permanent crown. If your crown or bridge feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office

Full-Mouth Reconstruction At-Home Care

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your brand 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 of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call us so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It's normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity. Removing tooth structure and placement of new materials may result in a period of adjustment. If your teeth are sensitive to temperature or pressure use a desensitizing toothpaste. Your gums may also be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp of salt in a cup of warm water,) to reduce soft tissue pain and irritation. Mild pain medication, Ibuprofen or Tylenol, should ease any discomfort during the adjustment period.

Your speech may be affected for the first few days. You will quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivary flow. Your brain may respond to the new size and shape of your teeth by increasing salivary flow. This should subside to normal within a week.

At-Home Oral Care

Daily plaque removal is critical for the long term success of your dental work. Daily brushing and flossing is a must. Regular cleaning appointments in our office are also critically important. We’ll use the appropriate cleaning abrasives and techniques for your specific esthetic work.

Remember, any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies, any unusually hard foods substances, (such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils, or ice).

Staining, Tea, coffee, red wine and berries, and tobacco products, can stain your teeth, as well as, your new restorations. Brushing after consuming will help minimize staining.

Let us know if you grind your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouthguard. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, we always welcome your questions.

Tooth Fillings At-Home Care

Chewing and Eating

When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. You may chew right away on white fillings since they set completely on the day of your appointment.

Brushing and Flossing

Brush and floss normally. It’s normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. If your teeth are sensitive to temperature or pressure use a desensitizing toothpaste. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (put a tsp of salt in a cup of warm water) to reduce pain and tissue irritation.

When to Call Us

If your bite feels uneven, if you have sensitivity or discomfort that increases or continues, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

Root Canal Therapy Care Instructions

It is important to follow these recommendations to ensure healing after root canal therapy.

Temporaries

If we placed a temporary filling or crown in your tooth avoid chewing for half an hour to allow the restoration to harden. To keep your temporary restoration in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods. It is not a problem if a small portion of a temporary filling wears away or breaks off. However, if the entire filling wears out, or if your temporary crown comes off call us to have it recemented or replaced. It is important to complete the permanent restoration – filling or crown, as soon as possible, following root canal therapy.

Chewing and Eating

If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours.

Brushing and Flossing

Continue brushing and flossing at least 2 times a day.

Medications and Discomfort

If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off. Over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen will generally handle any discomfort. It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially to pressure. Reduce discomfort or soft tissue irritation by rinsing with warm salt water 3-5 times daily. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.

When to Call Us

Call our office at (505) 271-8009 if your bite feels uneven, if you have tooth sensitivity or discomfort that increases or continues beyond three to four days, your temporary filling or crown comes off, or you have any questions.