Published on August 30, 2021, Updated on September 14, 2022
Post Op Instructions After Cosmetic Dental Treatment
Remember that getting used to your new bite will take some time. It takes many days for the brain to perceive the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal when your bite is altered or their position is modified. If you continue to notice any high spots or issues with your bite, please contact our office at Oral Health Center Phone Number(614) 888-6811 so that we can schedule an adjustment appointment for you.
It’s natural to have some sensitivity to heat and cold. After tooth structure is removed, the teeth will take some time to heal and will be sensitive in the meantime. For a few days, your gums may be painful. Pain and swelling can be reduced by rinsing with warm salt water three times a day (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Any residual soreness should be relieved with a modest pain reliever (one Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) pill every 3-4 hours).
If your speech is impacted during the first few days, don’t worry. You’ll rapidly adjust and resume normal speech. It’s possible that you’ll notice an increase in salivation. This is because your brain is reacting to your teeth’s altered size and form. In approximately a week, things should be back to normal.
Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is essential for your new dental treatment. Plaque removal on a daily basis, as well as frequent cleaning treatments, are essential for the long-term success of your new teeth.
Any meal that can crack, chip, or harm a natural tooth can also crack, chip, or destroy your new teeth. Avoid sticky candies and hard foods and items (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils). Your new teeth will be stained if you smoke. Foods that stain, such as coffee, red wine, tea, and berries, should be limited or avoided.
If you participate in sports or grind your teeth at night, we highly recommend a Mouthguard to protect your New Dental Crowns, Veneers, or Bridges.
It will take some time for you to get used to the sight and feel of your new smile. Please let us know if you have any problems or concerns.
Appointments for the Crown and Bridge
Dental crowns and Dental bridges are normally completed in two or three appointments. The teeth are prepared and scans or impressions are taken during the first session. Temporary crowns or bridges are made to safeguard the prepared teeth while permanent teeth are being designed and created.
Immediately following the visit tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may be numb because the teeth will be anesthetized. Please avoid eating or drinking hot beverages until the numbness has gone away completely.
A temporary crown may come loose from time to time. If this occurs, please contact us at Oral Health Center Phone Number (614) 888-6811 and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It’s critical that the temporary stay in place since it prevents other teeth from moving and jeopardizing the fit of your final restoration.
Avoid sticky foods (gum), and hard foods, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth if possible to keep your temporaries in place. Brush normally, but floss carefully, pulling the floss out from the side of the temporary crown rather than up on it, which could dislodge the temporary crown.
Following each consultation, some temperature and pressure sensitivity is to be expected. The sensitivity should go away a few weeks after the final restoration is placed. As advised by our office, mild pain medicines may also be administered.
Please contact our office at Oral Health Center Phone Number(614) 888-6811 if your bite feels uneven, if you have recurring pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns.
Following Tooth Extraction
It’s critical for a blood clot to develop after tooth extraction to stop the bleeding and start the healing process. That’s why, after your appointment, we advise you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. If the bleeding or seeping continues, lay another gauze pad over the wound and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. It’s possible that you’ll have to repeat this process multiple times.
It is critical not to disturb or dislodge the blood clot after it has formed since it aids in healing. For the next 72 hours, do not rinse aggressively, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or clean teeth near the extraction site. These actions will cause the clot to detach or dissolve, slowing down the healing process. For the next 24 hours, avoid intense exercise because it will raise blood pressure and perhaps cause further bleeding at the extraction site.
You may have some discomfort and swelling after the tooth is pulled. Swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn to the affected area. Take your pain relievers exactly as directed. After 48 hours, the swelling normally goes down.
Follow the directions on the OTC or prescribed medication packaging.
If antibiotics are given, take them for the full duration of the prescription, even if the signs and symptoms of infection have passed.
You will feel fine after a few days and be able to resume your daily activities. Call us right away at (614) 888-6811 if you experience extensive bleeding, intense pain, or swelling that lasts longer than 2-3 days.
Following Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
Your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after an anesthetic has been administered. Chewing and drinking hot beverages should be avoided until the numbness has gone away completely. While you are numb, it is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip.
Following your dental filling treatment, you may notice some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity. It’s possible that the injection sites will be painful. Tenderness can be relieved with ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol, or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for discomfort). Contact us at (614) 888-6811 if pressure sensitivity persists for more than a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases.
Because your composite fillings are fully set when you leave the office, you can chew on them as soon as the anesthetic wears off.
Please contact us at(614) 888-6811 if your bite feels uneven, if you have recurring pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns.