Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Following cosmetic reconstruction patients often feel a slight discomfort or awkwardness in their new bite. It takes time to adjust. When teeth are repositioned the brain may take its time recognizing the new position of your teeth or that their thickness is normal in the jaw and bite. However, if there is anything sharp or stabbing or you continue to detect problems with your new bite, you may call our office to schedule an appointment for the dentist to take a look and diagnosis any significant problems. An appointment can be scheduled by phoning our office at (512)-310-0330 or you can always make an appointment online.

Heat and Cold Sensitivity

Following cosmetic facial surgery or oral surgery it is perfectly normal to have tooth hot and cold sensitivity. There is healing going on in the gums and jaw and following oral surgery the gums and tissues are going to be sensitive. There could also be swelling and soreness. The best advice is to utilize warm table salt dissolved in warm water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day which will kill some of the oral bacteria and thus reduce pain and reduce swelling. Utilizing over-the-counter pain medication (either one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) or their generic brands every 3-4 hours) should assist with the pain, sensitivity, and swelling.

Speech

You may feel concerned that your speech is not as clear as before surgery. This takes a few days to adapt. The brain is busy trying to adjust to new teeth positioning. You may also notice increased salivation (spit). These are not problems to worry about and your speech patterns and the extra salivation should be back to normal in a week or so.

Oral Hygiene

After your new dental work, it is imperative that you keep your mouth and gums clean. Use a toothbrush as recommended by your dental team. Flossing, rinsing, gargling can all be part of your oral hygiene regimen. This oral hygiene routine becomes critical for the long-term success of your cosmetic dentistry. You will need to follow up with the dentist and establish a solid regimen of cleaning appointments.

Foods that are hard on natural teeth will also be hard to your new teeth. Avoid using your front teeth for anything other than normal chewing. Food that can damage natural teeth will also damage your new teeth. Smoking stains will appear on your new teeth, avoid smoking as well as minimizing foods that stain: Think coffee, tea, red wine, etc.

Spending major money to have a beautiful smile is an investment. If you are in contact sports a custom mouthguard is a must to protect your investment. If you grind your teeth at night, be sure to utilize the a sleep night guard. It will take a few weeks to adjust to the look and feel of your new smile investment. We welcome any questions you have and have time for all your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Because of the extensive and time-consuming intricate work to be completed, crowns and bridges usually take a few appointments to complete. Molds must be taken. Temporaries may be fitted while the restorations are being fabricated.

The dentist has used anesthesia and the gums, roof of the mouth and tongue may still be asleep.  Avoid hot drinks and foods which you cannot feel burning until the numbness has completely worn off. You may also want to avoid eating so that you do not accidentally bite the inside of your cheek.

If a temporary crown should come off, call our office immediately so that we may reglue the temporary. It is important to have that temporary in place to provide a space for the permanent restoration. So that your temporaries do stay in place, avoid eating sticky or hard foods. Brush normally and floss as directed by your dentist. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold after dental visits. This will subside. There are toothpastes made for sensitive teeth which may help and also ibuprofen or your favorite over-the-counter pain reliever may assist in overcoming oral cavity sensitivity.

Of course pain that does not subside or severe pain will need to be addressed by a return visit to the dental health care provider.

Following Tooth Extraction

A blood clot will form following having a tooth extracted in the space where the tooth formerly resided. This clot helps stop the bleeding and is the beginning of the healing process. A gauze was provided to you to assist in this clot formation.  Replace the gauze and bite firmly until there is no more bleeding. Do not dislodge the clot with your tongue, with food, or with brushing or flossing. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth surrounding the extraction site for a minimum of 3 days. If the clot should become dislodged, the healing process will be extended. Rest and do not actively exercise for 24 hours to allow time for the clot to stabilize and the healing process to begin. The swelling that you perceive and the pain are perfectly normal.  Take the medications that the doctor prescribed and apply an ice pack to the side of the jaw where the extraction took place.

Call our office at (512)-310-0330 if you are still experiencing severe pain or bleeding. Be sure to take the antibiotics as prescribed and drink plenty of fluids. Consider taking vitamins to speed healing. You can eat normally as soon as it is not too painful to do so.

Continue your normal oral hygiene routine being careful not to dislodge the clot near the extraction. Gargle with warm salt water to kill bacteria and speed healing.

Take a day off work, rest, eat nutritious food, get fresh air, take over-the-counter pain medications. Take your antibiotics as scheduled. All of these will contribute to your quick healing following a tooth extraction.

Care following Composite Fillings (white fillings)

Following dental care where you have received an injection for anesthesia, you will notice that you cannot smile, have trouble talking, and that your lips and tongue are still numb as you leave the dental chair. You will want to avoid drinking hot beverages and eating until the numbness is gone. It is easy to bite the inside of your cheek or your lip when you are numb there.

There are a few things you may notice following a composite filling. You may have cold and heat sensitivity at the site where the tooth was filled. You may notice a sore spot where the needle went into your gum-line. Your favorite over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or aspirin will be helpful to these situations.

Our office team has handled many patients with the very same problems and are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have in dealing with post care of composite feelings. Please contact our office at (512)-310-0330 so that we may alleviate your concerns following composite fillings.