Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your 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 our office at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The 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) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) 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 your teeth. This should subside 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 or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. 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 always welcome your questions.

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After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Dental crowns when done in our office are primarily done in office with our Cerec scanner and milling unit. This means that you will leave with your new porcelain crown the same day of your appointment.

You will be able to eat and drink as soon as you leave the office. We recommend you use caution when eating if the anesthetic has yet to wear off. When you are still “numb” from the anesthetic you can bite your lip, cheek, or tongue if not using care.

You should resume normal brushing and flossing after your new crown is placed. Be gentle when brushing around the area of the new crown as the gums may be sensitive or sore for a day or two.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few days to a week after the placement of the crown. Over the counter pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

With dental bridges it usually takes two appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. 

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694 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, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few days after the placement of the final restoration. Over the counter 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 at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694.

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 60 minutes after the appointment. We recommend changing your gauze every 30 minutes and continue to apply firm pressure. If some minor bleeding or “oozing” persists you can continue using gauze as long as needed. Firm pressure is the best way to stop the bleeding after an extraction. You can also use a slightly damp tea bag (ex: Lipton Ice tea bag) and bite firmly on it to help stop any bleeding. Tanic acid in the tea helps our blood to clot. 

After the blood clot forms, it is important 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 can dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 72 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some discomfort and experience some swelling. 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.

Follow the post-op pain medication protocol given by our office as directed. Call the office at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694 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 resume a normal diet after 3-4 days.

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 your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694.

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Your filling will be completely set up and ready to chew on when you leave the practice, but please use caution when still numb to avoid biting your cheek, lip, or tongue.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Tylenol every 3-4 hours as needed for pain 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 at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Healthy Smiles Phone Number (580) 237-0694.