Home Care Instructions
After Cosmetic Reconstruction
Remember that it will take some time to get used to your new bite. When your bite is changed and the position of the teeth is changed, it takes a few days for your brain to recognize the change as normal. If you notice any high spots or issues with your bite, please contact us at our Tyler Office, 903-630-7357 so that we can arrange an adjustment appointment.
It is common to experience some form of dentin sensitivity. After the tooth structure is removed, the teeth will take a little time to recover and will be sensitive in the meantime. You will experience soreness in your gums for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of hot water) thrice a day will help to reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain reliever (one Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) tablet every 3-4 hours) should lessen any remaining discomfort.
Don’t worry if your speech is impaired for the first few days. You’ll quickly adjust and resume normal speech. You might notice an increase in salivation. This is due to your brain’s response to your teeth’ new shape and size. Give it a few weeks to go back to normal.
Brushing and flossing on a daily basis are essential for your new dental work. Regular plaque removal, as well as regular dental cleaning appointments, are important for the long-lasting success of your new teeth.
Any food that can break, chip, or damage your original tooth can also fracture, chip, or harm your new teeth. Avoid sticky candies and hard food products (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils). Tobacco will stain your new teeth. Coffee, red wine, tea, and berries are all foods that stain and should be restricted or avoided.
If you participate in sports, please let us know so that we can create a personalized mouthguard for you. Wear the night guard we’ve provided if you suffer from teeth grinding at night. It will take some time to get used to the appearance and feel of your new smile. Please inform us if you have any queries or issues. We will be happy to address all your dental queries.
After Crown and Bridge Appointments
Crowns and bridges are typically completed over the course of two or three visits to our dental office. The teeth are prepared and mouth molds are taken during the first visit. Temporary crowns or bridges are used to safeguard the teeth while permanent restoration is being created. Since the teeth will be sedated, the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may become numb. Please avoid eating and drinking hot drinks until the numbness has entirely worn off.
Sometimes a temporary crown may fall off. If this happens, please contact us at 903-630-7357 and carry the temporary crown along with you so that we can re-cement it. It is essential that the temporary one stays in place because it prevents other teeth from shifting and compromising the fit of your final product.
To maintain your temporary crowns in place, avoid consuming sticky foods(gum) or hard foods, and chew on the other side of your mouth if possible. Brush normally, but floss cautiously. Try to not pull up on the floss, which might dislodge the temporary crown. Instead, pull the dental floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
You might experience some temperature or pressure sensitivity after every appointment. The sensitivity should go away a few weeks after the final restoration is placed. Mild pain relievers may also be prescribed by our dental office.
If your bite feels unbalanced, if you are experiencing constant pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our dental office in Tyler at 903-630-7357
After Tooth Extraction
It is critical for a blood clot to form after the tooth extraction procedure to stop the blood loss and start the recovery process. As a result, we request you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after your procedure. If the bleeding continues, place another gauze pad over the wound and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to repeat this process several times.
It is essential not to disturb or dislocate the blood clot after it has formed since it is essential in the healing process. Do not rinse, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush your teeth next to the affected area for the next 72 hours. These activities could dislocate the clot and slow down the healing process.
You may feel some pain and inflammation after tooth extraction. An ice pack or a sealed bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the affected area will reduce swelling. Take pain relievers exactly as directed. After 48 hours, the swelling usually goes away.
If the medication isn’t working, contact our dental office at 903-630-7357. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue taking them for the specified duration even if the signs of the infection have subsided. On the day of the extraction, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious soft food. You can resume your normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable.
After 24 hours, you should continue your normal dental routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day is recommended. This will help to speed up healing and leave your mouth feeling squeaky clean.
After a few days, you should be fine and able to resume your normal activities. If you experience excessive bleeding, terrible pain, persistent swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please contact our Tyler office right away at 903-630-7357.
After Composite Fillings (white 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. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Tyler Office Phone Number903-630-7357.
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.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Tyler Office Phone Number903-630-7357.