If you should have any issues or unusual symptoms following your dental treatment then please please call us on (214) 821-8639.
For your convenience, here are a few home care instructions to be aware about following some common dental treatments:
Following Cosmetic Reconstruction
It is important yo remember that it can take time after cosmetic dental treatment to adjust to a new bite. The brain needs to recognize that the bite has been changed or the position of the teeth has been altered. If you still feel any ‘high spots’ or it just doesn’t feel right after a few days then you should make an appointment and return for a check-up.
Following a dental procedure, it is quite normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold in your mouth. When the tooth structure is altered, it may take some time to adjust. This usually takes a few days at most and the sensitivity will begin to disappear. Likewise your gums may also be sore or swollen after treatment. The best thing to do is to use warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) 3 times a day. This will help to alleviate any sensitivity and reduce swelling. It is also generally ok to use a mild pain medication such as one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours to reduce any further discomfort.
Don’t be worried or overly concerned if your speech seems a little strange for the first few days or you think that you are not speaking normally. Your mouth will quickly adapt to speaking normally. This is often the case after injections where your mouth may feel quite numb for a few hours after treatment. You may also create more salivation. This is because your brain is getting to know the new shape and size of your teeth. Your saliva should be back to normal in about a week.
A good regime of oral hygiene with brushing and flossing are essential after new dental work. The dentist will advise specifically on what you can and shouldn’t do. It is of course important to remove the build-up of plaque on a daily basis for the long-term success of your cosmetic treatment, as are regular cleaning appointments.
Like natural teeth, your new teeth can be damaged by certain foods. It is best therefore to avoid harder foods (e.g nuts, peanut brittle, ice, sticky candies) ). Smoking and drinks like coffee or red wine will stain natural teeth; they will do exactly the same to your new teeth.
If you a sportsperson please let us know so we can create a custom mouthguard for you. Also, if you grind your teeth at night it is important to wear a night guard that we will provide.
Following Crown & Bridge Appointments
Dental treatment that includes crowns and bridges normally take 2 or 3 appointments to complete the work. During the initial visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of your mouth are taken. At this point temporary crowns or bridges are put in place to protect the teeth while a permanent restoration is being ordered from the laboratory. It is worth remembering that in this dental procedure the teeth will be anesthetized. The tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may feel numb. It is therefore best to avoid consuming hot beverages until the numbness has significantly reduced or dissappeared.
Occasionally a temporary crown may not fix as well as it should and come off. If this happens, please contact us and bring the temporary crown with you. We will re-cement it back into place. It is important for the temporary crown to remain in place while waiting for the full restoration ad it stops other teeth from moving which could compromise the final fit.
Whilst waiting for your full restoration to come back from the laboratory, avoid eating hard or sticky foods. If you can then try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. We will also advise on the importance of brushing normally and flossing carefully so as not to remove the temporary crown.
With this type of dental treatment it is normal to experience a little sensitivity to temperature and pressure after each appointment. The sensitivity should within a few weeks following the replacement of your restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as advised by Dr. Slate.
If your bite doesn’t feel right, seems uneven, you are suffering persistent pain then please do contact the dental office.
After Tooth Extraction
When a tooth is extracted, it is important that blood clot forms to stop the bleeding. It is part of the healing process. It is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the extraction. If the bleeding still persists, it is important to repeat this procedure until the bleeding stops.
After the blood clot forms, it is important that it is not disturbed and that it stays in place. For the next 3-4 days, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush your teeth next to the blood clot. If you do remove the blood clot the healing process will need to start again. Likewise, increasing blood pressure through vigorous exercise may cause more bleeding so it is best to take it relatively easy.
When a tooth is extracted you may feel some swelling and pain. We recommend applying an ice pack which will help reduce swelling to a minimum. Pain medications should only be taken as prescribed. Pain and swelling usually disappears after a couple of days at most.
If the pain medication prescribed by the dentist doesn’t work then please call the dental office. If antibiotics are prescribed then follow all instructions and continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the symptoms of infection have disappeared.
Important: Completely avoid alcohol when taking antibiotics as it is a frequent cause of problems and their effectiveness being muted.
To speed up the healing process and promote good oral hygiene, it is important to restart your normal dental routine after 24 hours and within a few days you can resume your normal activities.
Note: If you have continuous bleeding, experience severe pain or swelling for more than 2-3 days, please immediately call our dental office.
After Composite Fillings (white fillings)
Fillings normally require the use of an anesthetic and this will cause your lips, tongue and roof the mouth to become numb. The numbness can go on for several hours after your treatment is finished. To avoid biting your tongue or burning your mouth, please do not consume hot food or hot drinks until the numbness has completely subsided and your normal feeling has returned.
It is not unusual to experience sensitivity to hot and cold or pressure in your mouth after treatment. Places where the injection was given may also be a little sore. Over the counter painkillers like Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin will normally work well in reducing any tenderness. If sensitivity to pressure continues for more than a few days or if the hot or cold sensations become stronger, then contact our dental office.
Note: You may eat with your new composite fillings almost immediately or at least after the anesthetic has completely worn-off (fillings are set before leaving the office). However, If your bite doesn’t feels quite right or you have continued pain, then please contact us to make an appointment.