Long after your appointment is over, we will always be watching over you! Regardless of the type of procedure you have, it is very important to continue caring for your mouth. Below you will find helpful aftercare instructions for some of the dental procedures performed.
Crown and Bridge Care: A temporary crown has been placed on your tooth with temporary cement while your permanent crown is being made. If the crown comes off between appointments, clean the inside and place back on tooth and schedule an appointment for recementing. If unable to do so, drugstore cements, toothpaste, and fixodent denture adhesive are acceptable alternatives for temporary cements. Tooth sensitivity is normal for 12-24 hours after the appointment. Gum irritation can be soothed with warm salt water rinses and pain relievers. Follow normal hygiene instructions for gentle brushing around temporary crown, and floss around crown by pulling floss through teeth.
Post Op Extraction Care: Following an extraction, maintain gauze pressure for 60 minutes. For the first 24 hours, avoid mouthwash and rigorous brushing of teeth near extraction site, and do not spit or drink through a straw. After the first 24 hours, you may rinse 4-5 times a day with warm salt water for gum irritation. Avoid crunchy and spicy food, and it is imperative to not smoke for 72 hours to ensure proper healing and keep the blood clot intact. If pain increases after 72 hours or you experience swelling and/or fever, please notify our office for attention.
Implant Crown Care: Treat your implant crown the same way you would your natural teeth and other dental restorations in your mouth. Proper brushing and flossing is necessary to eliminate the accumulation of plaque and bacteria around the implant. Neglecting your restoration can lead to inflammation known as peri-mplantitis, and if not treated, can lead to bone loss and failure of the implant itself. Along with regular examinations with your doctor, your implant and crown will continue to be a very successful restorative choice.
Whitening Care: Prior to starting any whitening treatment, it is recommended that you begin a hygiene regimen with a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne. This will help combat any sensitivity of your teeth during treatment. Make sure to follow all package (and doctor’s) instructions, and do not wear whitening strips or bleaching solutions/trays for more than the alotted time. Remember, bleach loses its effectiveness after 90 minutes, so wearing them longer will not necessarily whiten your teeth faster!
Denture Care: An adjustment period is necessary to fully reap the benefits of a full denture or partial. Keep in mind that artifical teeth will not feel like natural teeth. You may feel they are bulky, or you may have difficulty speaking or eating in the beginning. Sore spots will occur until the gum tissue is used to the pressure of the denture, so several visits with your doctor may be necessary to locate the spots and adjust the denture for more comfort. Place your partial or denture in a glass of cool water before bedtime to allow your gums to rest and to avoid bacterial accumulation. Rinse your denture gently under water or use denture soaks. Dont forget to brush your gums, tongue and soft palate daily to prevent bad breath.
If immediate attention is required, we ask that you call us at 770-952-4152 during regular business hours so that we may be able to assist you with any questions you may have.
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