Aftercare

General Guidelines

Avoid hard or sticky foods including tacky, chewy candies for at least 24 hours as chewing on these types of foods can loosen or damage a restoration. Never chew on ice. Carefully follow all guidelines provided by our office, and, most importantly, practice good oral hygiene. Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions. In the event of an emergency please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Instructions Following Fillings

Do not eat or drink hot liquids until the numbness from anesthesia has worn off. The oral tissues are numb, thus lack the proprioception to avoid injuries due to chewing. Tooth sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should not last more than a few days. Warm salt water rinses a few times a day helps heal the tissues quicker. Please call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days.

Instructions Following Crowns, Implant Crowns, Bridges, Inlays/Onlays

The final restoration is usually placed the same day that the tooth is prepared. Following Tooth Preparation: Sensitivity and tenderness of the tooth and surrounding gums is common for the first day or two after a tooth has been restored. If the tenderness or sensitivity lasts longer than this, please contact our office. If anesthesia is used, avoid eating and drinking hot fluids until the numbness wears off. 

For Temporary Restorations: Eat softer foods, and avoid foods that are particularly crunchy, chewy, or hard. Carefully clean around the restoration, during daily brushing and flossing. Be gentle when flossing, taking extra care not to loosen the temporary restoration. Slowly pulling the floss out by one end can help avoid putting too much pressure on the temporary. If the temporary restoration becomes loose or breaks, please call us immediately.

Your occlusion (bite) should feel “right”. Never wait for your bite to “ease in”. Please return to our office for a minor adjustment which only takes a few minutes.

PLEASE- NO CHEWING GUM!

After Final Restoration Placement: Avoid chewing on hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 24 hours in order to give time for the cement to fully bond. Mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods is not unusual and should dissipate after a few weeks. If sensitivity lasts more than six weeks, please let the office know.

Ongoing Care: Proper care of your restoration includes brushing your teeth after every meal and snack, and flossing at least once a day, preferably before bedtime. Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash with also help to remove any additional particles that may have been missed during brushing and flossing.

Please call our office if you are in pain or have any questions regarding your treatment.

Instructions Following Denture or Partial Delivery

Dentures and partials will often need several adjustments in order to fit comfortably. To help yourself adjust to your dentures you can practice reading aloud for a little while each day. You may have discomfort for a few days after receiving your final dentures or partials. If the pain lasts more than 3-4 days, please call our office for a denture adjustment.

Dentures should be removed overnight or for at least 6 hours a day to give your mouth and gums time to rest. At night you should remove your dentures and clean them, by brushing them inside and outside. This should become a daily habit to prevent buildup of food particles and bacteria. Dentures should be stored in a clean container filled with denture cleaning solution. Food particles can become trapped under dentures causing inflammation or sore spots on your gum tissues. Lightly brush the roof of your mouth, your tongue, and your gums after removing your dentures. . Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash will help to remove any additional particles that may have been missed during brushing and flossing.

If you have pets, don’t place your denture anywhere that your pets can reach them. Pets are attracted to saliva and would enjoy chewing on your denture!

Ongoing care of your denture or partial includes brushing your teeth and the surrounding tissues after every meal and snack time and flossing at least once a day before bedtime. Make sure to visit our office at least once a year to have your dentures or partial adjusted and checked by the doctor. Wearing ill-fitting dentures or partials without proper care and adjustment can cause bone loss in the jaw area and oral disease. Please call our office if you are experiencing ongoing pain or discomfort or if you have any concerns regarding your denture or partial.

Instructions Following Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing therapy includes the removal of tartar and bacterial plaque from the root surfaces below the gum line. This procedure helps reduce inflammation, infection and the depth of periodontal pockets, allowing more effective flossing and brushing.

For the first 24 hours you may experience some cold and heat sensitivity. Do not chew or drink hot beverages until the anesthesia and numbness have worn off. Avoid vigorous physical exercise as well as extremely hot or spicy foods for the first 24 hours. Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least 48 hours following treatment. Some bleeding following a deep cleaning is normal, but if you experience excessive bleeding, please call our office.

You can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed according to the instructions on the label or those provided by your doctor. A warm salt water rinse, approximately one teaspoon in an eight ounce glass of water, three times a day can be helpful. Brush and floss gently following a deep cleaning, resuming normal brushing and flossing when the soreness is gone.

Follow any other instructions provided by our office during your visit. Please take all medications as prescribed.

Instructions for Invisalign®

Do

    • First, place the aligners over your front teeth, then use your fingers to push the aligner down gently over your molars. When aligners are correctly inserted, they will fit all the way down on the teeth, with no space between the top of the aligners and the top of the teeth. Aligners will fit tightly at first but should fit well at the end of the two week period.
    • Keep aligners in except when flossing, brushing, eating. It’s also best to remove the aligners when drinking warm beverages such as coffee or tea. NO GUM CHEWING! Red wine will stain the aligners.
    • Remove the aligner by pulling it off both sides of your back teeth simultaneously then lifting it off of your front teeth.
    • Place your aligners in the case we provided any time they are not being worn.
    • Clean aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Wear each set of aligners for two weeks unless our office directs you to vary from this schedule.
  • Wear aligners in the correct numerical order. (Each aligner is labeled by number and with a U or an L to designate upper or lower.)
  • KEEP ALL of your old aligners and bring them to your orthodontic appointments.

Don’t

  • Don’t place or wrap your aligners in or on a napkin or tissue. Many aligners have accidentally been thrown out this way!
  • Don’t use your teeth to “bite” your aligners into place.
  • If you have pets, don’t place your aligners anywhere that your pets can reach them. Pets are attracted to saliva and would enjoy chewing on your Invisalign® trays!
  • Do not use Denture cleaner, alcohol, or bleach to clean your aligners.
  • Do not use boiling water or warm water on your aligners.
  • Don’t chew gum with your aligners in.
  • It would be best not to smoke while wearing aligners. The smoke can stain the aligners as well as your teeth.

Just in Case

If you lose the tab attached to your tooth that helps the aligner snap on, please call our office right away so that we can determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment.

If you lose one of your aligner trays, please wear the next tray if you have it. If you do not have the next tray, please wear the previous tray. It is extremely important to use a tray to keep teeth from shifting. Call our office to let us know which tray was lost so that we can determine if a replacement tray is needed. There will be a fee if replacement trays are required.

Instructions Following Whitening

For the First 48 Hours Following Bleaching:

Teeth are more susceptible to staining for the first 48 hours following bleaching treatments. It is best to avoid dark-colored foods or beverages (such as RED WINE) that can stain your teeth. Any item that can stain your clothes can also stain your teeth.

Avoid: Berries, cola or other dark sodas, red wine, coffee and tea, tobacco, and ketchup, soy or other dark sauces.

Using Your Custom Trays:

Follow the instructions given by our office, placing the bleaching gel in the center of each tooth position on the tray so that the gel will rest against the anterior surface of the teeth once it is placed in your mouth. Wear trays for the recommended time. Rinse the mouth, and gently remove any gel remaining on your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush. Clean the trays after each use.

Instructions for Night Guards

Wear your night guard as prescribed. Every morning on removing your night guard, wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly, and place in the container you are given. 

If you have pets, don’t place your night guard anywhere that your pets can reach them. Pets are attracted to saliva and would enjoy chewing on them!

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