After Cosmetic Reconstruction

When a bite is altered through cosmetic reconstruction, it takes some time for your brain to adjust to the new position. As a result, you might experience some discomfort. If the problem is persistent and you detect high spots or other problems with your bite, don’t hesitate to call our office.

Hot and cold sensitivity are normal after any procedure as the teeth require some time to heal completely. This also extends to the gums, which might experience some soreness and swelling. Rinsing your mouth three times a day with warm saltwater will reduce some of the pain and swelling. You may also take a mild pain medication such as a tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every three hours to ease discomfort.

You may notice increased salivation and changes to your speech. Both these symptoms will subside in about a week once your brain has had time to adjust to the new shape of your bite.

As with your natural teeth, avoid hard foods or sticky candies. To avoid staining, minimize risky habits like drinking coffee, smoking, or red wine.

We ask that you let us know if you practice any sports so we can make a custom mouthguard. Same goes if you grind your teeth in your sleep, as we can provide sleep guards as well.

After Crown and Bridge Procedures

The procedure for crowns and bridges can take two to three appointments to complete. You will be anesthetized, and your tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth might be numb for some time. Please refrain from eating or drinking hot beverages until the numbness completely subsides.

After your initial appointment, you will leave the office with a temporary crown. If this placeholder falls off, call our office right away and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It’s important that the crown remains in place to keep other teeth from moving and compromising the final restoration.

To protect the temporary crowns and keep them from moving, avoid eating sticky foods (such as chewing gum), hard foods, and if you can, chew using the opposite side of your mouth. You should brush normal but be extra careful when you floss to not pull out the temporary crown.

Temperature and pressure sensitivity are completely normal after each appointment. After a few weeks the sensitivity will dissipate once the final restoration is in place. You may take mild pain medication as directed by our office to manage discomfort. However, if your bite feels uneven and you feel persistent pain, or just have some questions or concerns about your treatment, do not hesitate to contact our office.

After Tooth Extraction

Before the healing process can begin, it’s important that a blood clot forms in the area of the extraction. This is why we ask that you maintain your bite on a piece of gauze pad 30-45 minutes after your appointment. Bleeding and oozing can persist for some time so you may have to replace the gauze and bite down again for an additional 30 minutes. This is normal and you may have to do it several times.

Once a blood clot forms, it’s important to leave the area undisturbed as this clot helps the healing process. You should not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. Any agitation can dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow down the healing process. We also recommend that you limit vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and can cause bleeding to persist in the extraction site.

Pain and swelling are normal after an extraction. You may use an ice pack to keep swelling to a minimum, and you can expect this swelling to subside after 48 hours.

You may also take pain medication as prescribed. But, if it doesn’t seem to be working, feel free to call our office. If you receive a prescription for antibiotics, continue to take them for the entirety of the indicated length of time, even if you no longer see any signs of an infection. On the day of the extraction you should drink lots of fluid and eat soft, nutritious food but you may continue to eat normally as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so.

You should resume your normal dental health routine after 24 hours. This means you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Keeping your mouth clean will expedite the healing process.

Pain and swelling will subside after a few days, and you can resume all normal activities. Following the procedure, if you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain or swelling for two to three days, call our office immediately.

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

For a filling, you will receive an anesthetic which will cause your lips and tongue to be numb for several hours after the appointment. To avoid injury, refrain from any chewing and drinking hot beverages until the numbness subsides. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic wears off since they are set once you leave our office.

Hot, cold, or pressure sensitivity are normal after your appointment. You may also experience soreness and may take a tablet of Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or aspirin every three to four hours as needed to manage your pain. If the sensitivity increases or persists beyond a few days, or you feel increased pain or your bite feels uneven, contact our office.