It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Over the counter, Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Tylenol (one tablet every 4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. Once the numbness is completely worn off, if you feel that the filled teeth come in contact before the rest of the teeth, contact our office for an adjustment. You may chew with your composite (tooth-colored) fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off since they are fully set when you leave the office. If you choose the silver fillings, do not eat on that side for the next eight hours since silver fillings take longer to achieve their complete set strength.
Do not chew sticky foods such as caramel or chewing gum. While flossing, pull the floss out the side. Do not pop it through the contact with the tooth next to it. You will not be able to floss between the teeth of your temporary bridge. Suppose your temporary bridge /crown comes off. In that case, you can place some Fixodent (available at any pharmacy) inside it and put it back on, then call our office during regular business hours, and we will re-cement it. Do not leave your temporary off, even if you have no discomfort. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment. Without a temporary bridge to hold your teeth in place, your teeth can move, causing your new bridge not to fit. If that occurs, you would have to purchase another bridge. Your gums may be sore. Warm salt water rinses will speed healing. You may have sensitivity to hot or cold. This is common and normal since the temporary is not an accurate fit of the prepared teeth. If you feel like you are biting first or harder on your temporary or permanent bridge, call us for an adjustment or you will develop a sore tooth. Be sure to brush and floss your new bridge. With a bridge, you will need special floss threaded or other aids to reach and clean all areas properly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office. Your comfort is our priority!
If the tooth was asymptomatic, there are usually no flare-ups between appointments. But if you came in with a severe toothache or swelling, it will take time to heal, and expect flare-ups between appointments.
It is common for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off between appointments. You may even have bad taste. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that it can be replaced.
It’s normal to experience discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended, and to further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm saltwater.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. Since the tooth is very fragile following treatment, avoid eating sticky and hard foods. Avoid chewing on that side until the permanent crown is placed. The permanent crown will protect the tooth from breaking in the future.
After the blood clot forms, it is essential not to disturb or dislodge 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 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
Failure to comply with the above instructions will result in dislodgement of the clot and severe throbbing pain at the extraction site since the bone is now exposed to the oral environment. After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Take pain medications as prescribed. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the extraction day. You can normally eat as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your regular dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. Call our office immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication.
In addition to the above instructions, it is essential to remember a few additional points if you have received a graft within the socket site after we removed your tooth.
The bone graft is made up of many fine particles. You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by the presence of these small granules. It is entirely normal for some granules to become dislodged from the graft site, but there are some things you can do to minimize the number of granules that become dislodged:
- Do not rinse vigorously or spit for the first 3 to 5 days.
- Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area. The material is movable during the initial phases of healing, and it is best to leave the site undisturbed as much as possible.
- Do not lift or pull your lip back to look at the sutures. This pulling or stretching can damage the wound, tear sutures and decrease the success of the graft. If you have been told that you have received external silk sutures, we must remove them. These sutures may or may not be resorbable. Sometimes your dentist may even place a barrier for the graft, which may not be resorbable and may have to be removed.
On the first day, it is best to settle the area and allow the blood clot to stabilize the graft material. Therefore, do not even rinse your mouth the first day. After the first day, you may begin gentle rinsing with warm salt water, but avoid rinsing vigorously and avoid forced spitting.
Sometimes your Dentist /Hygienist may advise the placement of an antibiotic (arrestin, perio-chip) in the pocket if it is greater than 4mm. In that case, patients should postpone brushing for 12 hours and avoid using interproximal cleaning devices(flossing) for ten days. Also, patients should avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods for one week.
After completing treatment, it is essential to follow good home care, including regular brushing, flossing, and mouth rinse (prescription or over the counter). Your Dentist / Hygienist may put you on a 3 -4 month follow-up care. Failure to comply will return your gum condition to square one. Regular follow-up care will create an environment for the gums and bone to heal and prevent further destruction. Gum disease is a silent disease, and the importance of follow-up care cannot be overemphasized.
Immediate or Transitional Dentures
These dentures are delivered as soon as the remaining non-restorable teeth are removed. They serve as a bandage to the sockets and help control the bleeding. For the next 24 hours, do not remove the dentures from your mouth. Apply firm pressure by biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes following the appointment. You may have to repeat this several times. Apply cold pack externally to control bleeding and swelling. Your immediate dentures will contain the swelling. Take the prescribed pain medication and antibiotics. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously. Restrict your diet to soft and cold foods. It is normal to see your pillow stained with blood. Do not panic. The following morning gently rinses your mouth.
As your sockets heal, your dentures will get loose and need to be adjusted several times. Learning to wear your new dentures (particularly complete dentures) is like learning a new sport. It takes practice and patience. Try not to become discouraged at first. Wear your dentures regularly so your dentist can locate the sore spots when you go in for an adjustment.
You may salivate more when you first get your denture. This is normal and usually stops anywhere from within the first few minutes to a few days. You must practice talking. Talk to yourself, read aloud, and sing. You should sound normal within a very short time.
You will also need to practice eating. Do not plan to eat your first meal in public. Cut your food into small bites, eat easy chew foods, and chew slowly. Some people feel more comfortable wearing adhesives under their dentures (particularly complete dentures). You can experiment with over-the-counter adhesives. It is essential to remove the entire adhesive each day when you clean your dentures.
At the end of 3 months, your Dentist will reline your dentures in-house to make them fit tighter. Bone usually takes 365 days to heal completely. At the end of a year, your Dentist will send your dentures for a lab reline. It is generally done within a day, so be prepared to take a day off.
Transitional dentures are only for the period of gum and bone healing, and your Dentist may recommend permanent dentures.
The removable partial or complete denture must be removed at least 8 hours each day, preferably at bedtime. Letting the denture stay in the mouth 24 hours a day will cause you to develop sores and fungus under it. It should also be removed and cleaned after meals. When you take it out at bedtime, clean it with a brush, soak it in water, or mouthwash or a denture cleaner. Do not let the denture dry out, as this can cause it to warp. When rinsing and brushing your denture over the sink, it is best to place a washcloth in the basin with some water to cushion the denture should you drop it. The acrylic will break if dropped.
If a veneer comes off, call us, and we will replace it immediately. If you are in a situation that will not allow you to come in, place the temporary back in place with some Fixodent™ (denture adhesive) till you can go in. The temporary's size, shape, and color do not resemble the final veneer.
Temporary veneers may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure, or sweets is not uncommon. Temporary veneers also stain very easily. Avoid heavy brushing of the temporaries and do not floss between them because you may pull them off.
Your permanent porcelain veneers will be as close to the natural teeth as possible. Your dentist may even send you for custom shading to closely duplicate your adjoining natural teeth.
Permanent porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth using the finest materials. As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the veneered teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the porcelain material can break under extreme forces.
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month (minimal) cleanings are essential to your veneers' long-term stability and appearance. If not, your gums may recede, revealing the underlying discolored tooth structure requiring replacement of your veneers.
Pain and sensitivity following teeth whitening are common. You may be sensitive to cold air & fluids; however, the pain will fade within 24-36 hours.
It is essential not to consume any colorants in the first 24- hours following the procedure. Anything that colors such as red wine, dark colas, coffee, tea, red sauces, soya sauces, and smoking must be avoided.
Following the whitening procedure, instant lightening is usually seen in most cases. However, a rebound is not uncommon. Rebound means that your teeth may have returned to the color after about two years prior to bleaching. On average, during the first month, there may be a loss of one shade unit, another shade unit during the next six months, and another shade unit during the subsequent six months. Everyone responds differently, so your rebound effect may be less or greater than the above averages.Rebound MUST be managed, and this is achieved through any combination of:
- Careful diet control avoiding high colorants,
- Meticulous oral hygiene,
- Using a whitening toothpaste
- Using home bleaching trays,
- An annual repeat of the in-house teeth whitening.
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