Post Dental Treatment Instructions

Post Dental Treatment Instructions

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How to care for a temporary crown

Now that we’ve placed your permanent crown, it’s important to follow these recommendations to ensure its success:

Chewing and eating

If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
To protect your crown, avoid chewing ice or other hard objects.

Brushing and flossing

Brush and floss normally, but if your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure, you can use a desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity persists beyond a few days, call us.

Medication and discomfort

Take antibiotics or other medications only as directed. To reduce any discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about 1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. It’s normal for your gums to be sore for several days.

When to call us

Call our office if your bite feels uneven, you have persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any questions or concerns.
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How to care for a temporary Bridge

Now that we’ve placed a temporary bridge, it’s important to follow these recommendations to ensure the success of your final restoration

Chewing and eating

If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
Avoid chewing for at least one half-hour to allow the temporary cement to set.
To keep your temporary in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods, especially chewing gum. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

Brushing and flossing

Brush normally, but floss very carefully. We may recommend special floss, brushes, or other cleaning aids to keep the area free of bacteria. If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure, use desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity persists beyond a few days, call us.

Medication and discomfort

Take antibiotics or other medications only as directed. To reduce any discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about 1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. It’s normal for your gums to be sore for several days.

When to call us

Call us if your temporary bridge comes off. Save the temporary so we can recement it. It’s very important for the proper fit of your final bridge that your temporary stay in place. Call our office if your bite feels uneven, you have persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any questions or concerns.
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How to care for a permanent bridge

Now that we’ve placed your permanent bridge, it’s important to follow these recommendations to ensure its success:

Chewing and eating

If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

Brushing and flossing

To protect your bridge, carefully follow our instructions for keeping the areas around and under the bridge free of bacteria. We may recommend special floss, brushes, or other cleaning aids.
If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure, use desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity persists beyond a few days, call us.

Medication and discomfort

Take antibiotics or other medications only as directed. To reduce any discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about

1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. It’s normal for your gums to be sore for several days.

When to call us

Call our office if your bite feels uneven, you have persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any questions or concerns.
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How to care for your teeth following root canal therapy

Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments, but you should take the following precautions to protect your tooth and ease any discomfort.

Numbness

Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after appointments in which we’ve used an anesthetic. Avoid chewing anything until the numbness has completely worn off.

Temporary fillings and crowns

It’s common, and not a problem, for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off between appointments. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that we can replace it.

Medication And Discomfort

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are

gone.

Routine care and precautionary measures

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water).To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary filling or crown in place, avoid eating sticky or hard foods (especially gum), and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully. To prevent removal of the crown, remove the floss by pulling it through the teeth, not down or up from between the space between teeth.

Your permanent crown

Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers the tooth and protects it from breaking in the future. Please call our office if your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent swelling or pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns.
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Instructions for homecare following a tooth extraction

  • The initial healing period usually takes one to two weeks, and you’ll likely experience some swelling for the first 48 hours.
  • Before the procedure began, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid chewing for 2 hours following surgery, or until the numbness has completely worn off.
  • Some discomfort after the extraction is normal. An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, is usually sufficient. We can also give you a prescription for a stronger pain reliever if needed. o To avoid nausea, do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.
  • You can also decrease pain and swelling by applying an ice pack – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off – for the first 6 hours following the extraction.
  • A blood clot will form on the extraction site, and this clot is vital to the healing process. To keep the clot intact, avoid touching the extraction site with your tongue or fingers, do not drink liquids through a straw, and do not spit vigorously.
  • Blowing your nose or sneezing violently can also dislodge the blood clot and impair healing, so if you have an upper respiratory infection or suffer from allergies, be sure to have the appropriate sinus medication on hand.
  • Do not rinse your mouth the day of the surgery.
  • Smoking and allowing food particles to pack into the tooth’s socket should be avoided, as both will significantly affect the healing process.
  • Twenty-four hours following the procedure, you can rinse gently with mouthwash or a warm salt water solution (dissolve one teaspoon of salt with one cup of warm water); gently swish the solution around the affected area, and spit carefully. You should do this 2-3 times each day for the week following the extraction.
  • If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
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Homecare instructions following periodontal surgery

  • Before your surgery, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid any chewing for two hours following surgery, or until the numbness has worn off completely.
  • Apply an ice pack – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off – for 6 hours following surgery to decrease pain and swelling.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from the parts of your gums that were affected by the surgery.
  • Do not rinse your mouth the day of the surgery. Twenty-four hours after surgery, you can rinse gently with mouthwash or a warm salt water solution; dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, and gently swish, then carefully spit. Three times per day is sufficient.
  • It’s normal to experience some discomfort for a few days following surgery. To avoid nausea, don’t take pain medication on an
  • empty stocach.
  • If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  • Relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following surgery.
  • Once the numbness has worn off, you should eat. Nourishment is important to the healing process. Limit your diet to soft foods like
  • yogurt, soft soups, ice cream, or soft-cooked eggs for the first 48 hours.
  • Drink at least 8 large glasses of water or fruit juice each day
  • Keep your head elevated with pillows to control bleeding. We will give you a supply of gauze sponges to place over the bleeding area; change them as necessary, and use them until the bleeding stops completely. You can also bite gently but firmly on a moist tea bag for 20 minutes if bleeding continues.
  • Call our office if bleeding persists or increases.
  • Continue cleaning the other areas of your mouth, flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day as you would normally.
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