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Cosmetic Procedures Aftercare

When your bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for your brain to recognize the new position of your teeth. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite after this time, please call to schedule an adjustment appointment.

It’s normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity as teeth need time to heal after removal of tooth structure. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. We recommend warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day to reduce pain and swelling. Mild pain medication, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours should ease your discomfort. Your speech is affected for the first few days but you’ll soon be speaking normally. You may also notice increased salivation as your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This may last for about a week.

Daily plaque removal through brushing and flossing is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments. Avoid foods that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth (ice, hard candy, etc).

If you play contact sports, we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, we’ll fit you with a night guard. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know.

Crown and Bridge Procedures Aftercare

After your first visit, a temporary crown or bridge will protect your teeth while the custom restoration is being made. You’ll have been given anesthetic, so your tongue, lips and roof of your mouth may be numb. Please avoid eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off; also be sure not to bite the inside of your mouth while numb.

It’s important for the temporary to stay in place to prevent other teeth from shifting and compromising the fit of your final restoration. If it comes off, call us right away. Bring the temporary crown so we can re-cement it. To keep your temporary crown in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss—instead pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call us.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After tooth extraction, we’ll ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the procedure. We want to ensure that a blood clot forms to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol or brushing the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as it raises blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After an extraction you may experience pain and swelling. An ice pack or unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Swelling will usually subside after 48 hours. Take your pain medication as directed; call us if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If we’ve prescribed antibiotics, please take them for the indicated length of time, even if symptoms of infection are gone. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

To speed healing resume your normal oral care routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing daily. After a few days you should feel fine and can resume normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for more than three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

Fillings Aftercare

When a local anesthetic has been given, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid hot beverages and chewing and until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb. You may experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity; the injection site may also be sore. Ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin, taken as directed on the bottle, work well to alleviate the tenderness. Contact our office if sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if it increases. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off. If your bite feels uneven or you have persistent pain or other questions or concerns, please call us.

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Beacon Hill Dental102 East 107th AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307(219) 750-1150

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