Home Care Instructions
In order to provide the best care for you while at the office and afterwards, we offer these home care suggestions AFTER your visit with us. We believe this will make your experience even more comfortable.
After Tooth Extraction
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 72 hours. These activities can dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process, or may lead to a painful condition known as a dry socket.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack (ice wrapped in a towel) applied to the area for the first 24 hours will keep swelling to a minimum.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please call our office immediately.
After Root Canal Treatment
Most patients experience minimal to no discomfort after root canal treatment. However, for the first few days and up to 14 days following root canal treatment some patients may have some mild pain, soreness and sensitivity. This can include throbbing and minor swelling while biting or chewing on the affected tooth and can be especially pronounced if you had pain, swelling and/or infection prior to your treatment. This discomfort can be spontaneous beginning a few days after your treatment and may continue for 1-2 weeks or longer. If you have symptoms that persist for more than 14 days, please contact our office. Take any medication that is prescribed for you according to instructions.
If a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth between the root canal visits, wait at least an hour before chewing on it to allow it to harden. DO not bite or chew with the tooth while you are numb. Also, be very gentle with the tooth until the permanent restoration is placed. Try to chew on the opposite side. Do not eat anything sticky or chewy for the next few days. Continue brushing and flossing as normal, being careful on the treated tooth as the temporary filling could dislodge.
Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling or if you have any questions.
Care After Fillings
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.
After Denture Insertion
Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new denture. Expect the first few weeks to be an adjustment period, during which time you will adapt to the feel of your new dentures, as well as learn how to manipulate your tongue and cheek muscles to keep them in place.
When the bite in your mouth is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office so we can schedule an adjustment appointment. It is normal to experience some sore spots on your gums from a new denture and several adjustments may be necessary. Please call the office to make an appointment for adjustments as needed. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce the discomfort on the gums. A mild pain medication should ease any residual discomfort until the adjustment appointment. Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This should subside to normal in about a week.
Your dentures are custom designed to fit your smile, but improperly caring for them can cause them to become distorted. Most removable dentures must maintain moisture to retain their shape. Be sure to wash them after eating, gently clean them once daily, and allow them to soak overnight in a denture soaking solution. This will keep your dentures clean and free of stains, which ultimately helps your smile look its best. Some people are self-conscious and will wear their dentures to bed. We usually suggest that our patients not to sleep with your dentures in to allow the tissue to “breathe” especially after having them for a couple weeks. The first few weeks, it helps the tissue adapt and in fact, we may be able to identify any potential “sore spots” if you do wear them full time. However, after they fit well and the tissue is adapted, soak them in water and don’t let them dry out on a counter.
Contact our office is you have any concerns not addressed above.