Cosmetic Reconstruction After-Care
It is important to know that you might sometime to adjust to the new bite. It takes a while for the brain to recognize and become compatible with an altered bite, thickness and change of position of the teeth. However, in case you detect any issue with your bite, give us a call at 559-432-1616 and we’ll schedule an appointment to make the adjustments.
However, we’d like you to know that it is absolutely normal to experience sensitivity to cold and hot things. Additionally, after removal of tooth structure, the teeth might remain sensitive meanwhile as it heals. Your gums may experience soreness and slight pain for a couple of days. To reduce inflammation and pain, you are advised to take warm water (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) rinses thrice a day. We can prescribe a mild painkiller every 3 to 4 hours if there is any residual discomfort or pain. You do not have to worry if you are unable to speak properly but you’ll be able to adapt quickly and revert to normal speech.
There are chances of enhanced salivation but that is because of the brain’s response to the change of shape and size of your teeth. Usually it takes a week to normalize. You need to take care and brush and floss every day. For long term success for your new teeth, daily plaque removal is important. It is important to avoid sticky candies, hard substances and foods (peanut brittle, beer nuts, pencils and ice and biting fingernails) as they can damage your restored teeth. It is important to avoid foods that stain such as red wine, berries, tea and coffee along with smoking.
In case you are sports individual, we can design a customized mouth-guard for you. For those that grind your teeth when asleep, you can offer a night guard. Though you can feel and look different and take time to adjust to your new smile. In case, you have any concerns or facing issue with it, we welcome your queries and will answer them quickly.
Bridge and Crown Appointments with After-Care
It takes two to three appointments to complete the crown and bridge procedures. To start with, at your first visit, we prepare the teeth and impressions are created of your teeth. The temporary bridges and crowns are placed to protect your teeth while the permanent restorations are crafted. As the teeth preparation requires numbing, you will feel your lips, tongue and roof go numb temporarily. You are advised to refrain from drinking and eating hot food and beverages till the numbness is worn off.
Occasionally, the temporary crown can come off. If it does, do call us at 559-432-1616 ad bring the crown so that we can re-fix it. It is essential for the crown to stay in place, as it stops teeth from moving and might compromise the final restoration. Avoid hard and sticky food to keep the temporaries in place, to chew on the opposite side of the mouth. Don’t pull on the floss but floss and brush regularly.
It is normal that you experience pressure and temperature sensitivity after the appointments but it will subside in a few weeks after the final restoration. You can use the mild pain medication as directed by our dentists. When your bite feels uneven, or the ache is consistent or you may have queries and questions, call us at 559-432-1616.
After-Care Teeth Extraction
After the tooth is extracted, formation of blood clot is essential to stop the bleeding and start healing the gum. This is one of the reasons that we ask you to bite of hold the gauze pad in place for about 45 minutes after the extraction. In some case, you might need to replace the gauze pad several times.
It is best not to disturb the blood clots, as it aids healing so do not disturb it. Thus, it is best not to suck on the straws, drink alcohol or smoke nor brush close to the area of the extraction for at least 72 hours. It can retard the process of healing. Additionally, it is best to limit the exercise regimen for at least 24-hours as it enhances blood pressure and can cause bleeding at the extraction site. It is best to apply an ice-pack or cold applications to the area so that the selling goes down. It takes about 48 hours.
It is important to only use the pain medication that has been prescribed by our dentists. If the medication isn’t effective, call our office at (phone number). If you have been prescribed antibiotics, please continue to take them for the complete duration even if the infection signs are removed. It is good to have plenty of fluids and soft food till you can eat normally again. You may resume brushing and flossing after a period of 24-hours and it will help you clean your mouth and will expedite healing. If you experience heavy bleeding, reaction to prescription or swelling and pain, call our dental office immediately at 559-432-1616.
Composite Fillings Care
The after care for composite fillings isn’t much different. You will feel the tongue and lips go numb for a couple of hours after the filling has been added. It is better to avoid any hot beverages and chewing until the lips and tongue returns to normal, because you may bite your tongue or get burned as there is a loss of sensation. The injection site might be sore and you may experience sensitivity towards heat or cold and pressure. You will be prescribed Tylenol, aspirin or Ibuprofen (Motrin) once every 4 hours to alleviate the soreness and pain. You may contact us if the soreness or sensitivity goes on for more a few days or the soreness increases.
However, once the anesthetics wear off, you can chew with ease as they dry up even before you leave our clinic. For any other questions or concerns, please call us today at 559-432-1616