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At-Home Care Instructions in Windsor

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When your bite is altered it takes several days for your brain to recognize the new position of your teeth as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite after trying it out for a week or so, call our office so we can schedule a quick adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity at first. Your teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) can be done three times a day. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin / Advil) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of teeth. This should return to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip, or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea, and berries.

If you engage in sports, we recommend you wear a mouthguard while playing. If you grind your teeth at night, we recommend you wear a night guard while sleeping to protect your new smile.

Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

After any appointment when you have been numbed, please be careful of biting your lip, cheek, and tongue while still anesthetized. Please avoid hot beverages and trying to eat until the numbness has worn off a few hours later. 

During your first Crowns and bridges appointment, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary for you to wear for a few weeks. This will ensure you are comfortable and able to function while your custom restoration is being made.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place so your tooth will remain it the proper position and your final restoration will fit just right.

You do have to use caution while wearing a temporary - they are not meant for chewing crunchy food (ice, granola, nuts, etc.) and they may be pulled out by eating sticky foods (gum, chewy candies). Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from where the temporary is. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and instead of pulling back up, slide the floss out the side. When you have your permanent crown cemented, this won't be necessary anymore.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 1-2 hours after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists, place a new folded moist gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, use straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow 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.

It is typical to experience some discomfort for a few days after an extraction. You may also have some swelling in the area for up to 3 days after the procedure. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen veggies applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. 

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 day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal 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 normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued increase in swelling for 3-4 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

When anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid drinking hot beverages and eating until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn yourself while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some heat, cold, and pressure sensitivity with a new restoration. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin / Advil), or Tylenol work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

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 call our office.

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