Home Care Instructions
After Cosmetic Reconstruction
After Crown and Bridge Appointments
After Tooth Extraction
After Composite Filling
After Denture Delivery
After Implant Placement
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 Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080 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 & Bridge Appointments
Crowns and bridges usually take two or three 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. 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 may come off. Call us at Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080 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 crown 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 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 Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080.
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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 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another 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 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.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain 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. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office at Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080 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 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 Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080.
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After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely 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 and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet 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 Ocoee Office Phone Number 407-656-8080
You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic anesthesia? completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.
After Dentures Delivery
Here are a few things to keep in mind after you have received your new dentures.
You may salivate more heavily for the next few days, until your mouth adjusts to the presence of the new prosthesis.
You may feel awkward when talking or speaking certain words at first. With practice, your tongue will be trained to accommodate around the prosthesis and your phonic will become normal again. Reading out loud may help expedite the process.
Sore spots are normal. Please give us a call to have your prosthesis adjusted, as necessary. We want to make sure that your will be able to use your new teeth, as comfortably as possible.
Occasionally, due to the morphology of the underlying jaw bone, the use of adhesive cream or paste may be required to attain satisfactory retention. Keep your prosthesis soaked in a water bath, with denture cleansing tablet, when not in use, especially during bed time. Leave your new teeth out, during bed time, allowing your gum to breath to regain normal circulation.
Clean your denture with a toothbrush and hand/liquid soap, over a half-filled sink or bucket of water, prior to each use. Avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods.
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After Implant Placement
As you know, your own teeth require thourough at-home care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care.
After an implant placement, please follow these instructions.
DO NOT rinse your mouth for the first 24 hrs. post surgery. Do not drink alcohol or drive while using prescription pain medication nor smoke for one week following surgery. Do not spit. Do not drink from a straw for one week. Carbonated beverages are not recommended (if teeth are extracted) for one week. And please do not lift heavy items for a week.
DO drink plenty of fluids. Maintain a clear liquid diet te day of surgery only, begin soft diet after. Take your medications as prescribed.
Once at home, place ice packs to face immediately to prevent swelling, then in 15 minute increments for the first 12-24 hours following surgery. If swelling persists after 72 hours, apply warm moist heat packs.
After one and one half hours after surgery, remove gauze packs and replace with clean sterile gauze. Drink at least 1/2 glass of clear liquid to prevent dehydration, if you have had extractions do not use a straw.
On the evening of the surgery day, get up and move around the house for at least one hour this evening and again in the morning to aid in circulation and help keep swelling down. You may have soft foods such as soups/broth or pasta with soda crackers.
The day after surgery begin rinsing with warm salt water after eating and at bedtime. Do not aggressively swish or spit as this could dislodge the clot. Continue rinsing as directed for the next 2-3 weeks to keep clean.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS. For the day of the surgery- soft diet, ie: applesauce, yogurt, pudding, milkshake 24 hours after- more solid foods, ie: mac and cheese, pancakes, meatloaf scrambled eggs, pasta, etc. Nothing hot or cold, room temperature
BLEEDING. Keep pressure on the site for approximatey 30 minutes. If later in the da the bleeding does not ease, try to moistened tea bag. If by the next day the bleeding has not stopped, call our office.
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