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After Cosmetic Reconstruction

It takes time to adjust to your new bite when the bite is changed or the position of teeth change. Give yourself several days to adjust but if still notice hot spots or problems call our office so we can make any necessary adjustments. During this adjustment time, your speech may be affected and you may notice increased salivation. It is because your brain is adjusting to the change of your teeth and things should be normal again in a week.

You may notice hot and cold sensitivity. That is because your teeth and gums are healing. You can rinse warm salt water three times a day to reduce the pain and swelling and take pain medication every three to four hours. To make the salt water rinse, add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.

Daily brushing, flossing and regular cleaning appointments are important for your new dental work. The foods that can crack, chip or damage your natural teeth can also do the same to your new teeth. Avoiding hard foods and substances, and sticky candies will help in maintaining your teeth. Remember that smoking, coffee, red wine, tea and berries can stain the teeth also.

Please call our office if you have any questions, problems or concerns. We are always happy to help keep you informed and educated regarding your oral health.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Special care should be taken of your teeth and mouth after any dental procedure. Because your tongue, lips and roof of mouth may be numb after an appointment, avoid drinking hot beverages or eating hot food until the numbness is completely gone. Temporary crowns may have been placed on your teeth while waiting for healing or custom-made crowns to be ready for placement. While you have the temporary crown, you will need to be extra careful with it. Please avoid sticky and hard foods and try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth away from any temporary crowns. When flossing around the temporary be careful not to pull the floss up and dislodge the crown. Pull the floss out the side.

If any problems do occur, please call South Shore Dentistry so we can help you. It is important that the temporary crown stay in place to avoid other teeth from shifting and compromise the fit of the final crown. If a temporary crown does come off, please call our office so we can recement the crown. Some temperature and pressure sensitivity is expected after each appointment but should subside soon after the final restoration. If the pain is persistent or if your bite feels uneven, please call our office. We want to help you.

After Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, there are a few things to avoid in order to allow healing. It is necessary that a blood clot form and not be disrupted. You will be given a gauze to bite on for about 30-45 minutes after the procedure. If bleeding and oozing continues you will need to keep biting a gauze for longer. Rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol or brushing near the treated area are all things that could dislodge the blood clot and need to be avoided. Vigorous exercise will increase blood pressure and could cause more bleeding, so limit activity for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Keep pain at bay with the prescribed pain medication as directed. Swelling can be kept at a minimum with ice packs or unopened bag of frozen peas or corn held to the area of the treatment. Take any antibiotics prescribed for as long as is indicated. Be sure to drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious foods. Normal dental hygiene can and should be maintained after 24 hours. After a few days, you should feel better and be able to get back to your normal schedule. If you do have heavy bleeding, severe pain or the swelling continues still after three days, or if you notice a reaction to any medications please call our office immediately.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

After your filling your mouth will be numb so avoid hot foods and drinks. It can be easy to bite or burn you lip or tongue when you are still numb. Sensitivity to hot, cold and pressure will be felt. There may be some soreness where the procedure took place so taking mild pain medication can make you feel more comfortable. Once the numbness has worn off you may chew with the filling. Please call our office if sensitivities persist or increase. Call us if your bite feels uneven or if pain persists. We want to help you feel comfortable and heal properly.