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Postoperative Instructions

While your routine checkups and cleanings don’t require much thought after they’ve been completed, there are many treatments that do require a fair amount of post-operative care. By following our dental office’s precise steps after your treatment, you can rest assured that the risk for complications is significantly lower. Whether you had a dental implant placed or your teeth whitened, here’s what our dentists recommend what you should do during your post-operative care.

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After Implant Surgery Extractions Invisalign Partial Dentures Porcelain Veneers Scaling and Root Planing Caring for your Bridge Fillings Night Guards/Occlusal Guards Permanent Crowns Root Canal Therapy Whitening Instructions

 

After Implant Surgery

After implants have been placed, it's important to follow these recommendations to ensure their long-term success.

General Care

Tobacco use

When to call us

Chewing and eating

Brushing and flossing

Medication and discomfort

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Extractions

Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the successful healing of your tooth extraction.

When to call us

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you have:

During the first 24 hours

To control discomfort , take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended.

To keep swelling to a minimum , use an ice bag over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

When the numbness has worn off completely , drink lots of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite side.

After the first 24 hours

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Invisalign

Taking care of Invisalign clear aligners is very simple. Every time you brush your teeth you can brush your aligners as well, but please use water only on aligners (no toothpaste). They can also be soaked and cleaned in a denture cleaner while you are busy eating.

Thanks to the removable nature, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you're required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless instructed otherwise. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored. You cannot chew gum while wearing your aligners. It will stick to the aligners.

Trays May Cause Some Irritation To The Lips, Tongue, And Cheeks - If this occurs try using a small scissor or emery file to smooth sharp area or report the problem to us as soon as possible.

Things TO DO During Invisalign Treatment:

Teeth may begin to feel slightly mobile or loose during treatment, but this is normal.

Non-compliant wear of aligners may result in the need for new impressions and additional fees or us needing to end your treatment.

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Partial Dentures

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Porcelain Veneers

Do not eat for at least 2 hours and until the anesthesia has worn off.

Temporary:

A temporary is an acrylic veneer that is placed on the prepared teeth for protection during the time the permanent veneer is constructed in the lab. The patient may wear the temporary from 2-4 weeks. The temporary serves several important purposes: it protects the exposed dentin to minimize sensitivity, helps to prevent recurrent caries, prevents the tooth from shifting, and last but not least, restores tooth contour and appearance. The temporary is placed with cement that is designed to come off easily, so avoid chewing sticky foods such as gum or taffy. Use your toothbrush to clean the temporary as you normally do your other teeth. You may also floss or, if there is more than one veneer and the temporaries are fused, you may need a floss threader. To avoid possibly loosening the temporary, it is best to pull the floss out below the contact rather than lifting up to remove it

lf your temporary comes off between appointments, slip it back on and call our office in order to recement it for you.

A little denture adhesive placed inside the veneer can help to hold it in place in the interim.

Sensitivity:

Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment.

For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. lf your gums were recontoured during treatment they may be tender after the anesthesia wears off.

Rinsing with warm salt water by dissolving % teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of warm water will help. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will also increase your level of comfort.

Final Veneers:

After the final cementation of your permanent restoration, it may take a few days to get used to the new veneers. Your bite and the way your teeth come together, may feel different, lf your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment to make the adjustment.

Home Care:

To maintain the veneers and your new smile, it is important to remember that the underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay, especially at the gumline where the tooth and veneer meet. lt is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restorations.

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Scaling and Root Planing

The following guidelines will make you more comfortable and prevent possible complications.

CARE OF YOUR MOUTH

If you feel discomfort, rinse 2-3 times per day with warm salt water (1 tsp with 8 oz water.) Then if it continues, you may use an anti-inflammatory pain reliever (Aleve or Advil). You may do your regular brushing, flossing, or irrigating (such as the Waterpik) beginning the next morning following treatment.

EATING

Avoid eating until numbness goes away. Meals should be soft. Avoid any hard, chippy foods such as potato chips, popcorn, corn, seeds, etc for the next 3-4 days.

TO PROMOTE BONE HEALING

If you are not allergic to anti-inflammatory medication, take 400mgs (Advil) or 220mgs (Aleve) in the AM and PM for the next 24 hours.

SENSITIVITY

It is common for your teeth to be sensitive to cold/hot foods and liquids following scaling and root planing. Using a sensitivity toothpaste can help reduce temperature sensitivity.

SMOKING

Avoid smoking after scaling and root planing procedures. Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Refrain from smoking 24 hours or longer.

SWELLING

Swelling or jaw stiffness occurs very rarely. If it does, however, place warm, moist towels to the face in the area of stiffness.

MEDICATIONS

Continue Peridex until gone and continue antibiotic for 12 weeks.

***If any problems arise please call the dental office***

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Caring for your Dental Bridge

Dental bridges need regular cleaning

Brushing and flossing

Superfloss and floss threaders

Other tools and techniques

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Fillings

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Night Guards/Occlusal Guards

Purpose: We have prescribed and custom-made for you an occlusal guard, otherwise known as an orthotic device. The purpose of this appliance is to reduce the stress and strain on your teeth, jaw joints, jawbones, and the muscles of your head and neck.

Rationale: This appliance has the dual purpose of protecting your teeth from wear attributed to clenching and/or grinding as well as serving to remind your muscles to keep your teeth apart. Most people will instinctively reduce their day time issues with grinding and/or clenching after "training" their muscles through night time wear.

Instructions:

Cleaning your Occlusal Guard:

Our concerns:

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Permanent Crowns

Now that we’ve placed your permanent crown, it’s important to follow these recommendations to ensure its success:

Chewing and eating

Brushing and flossing

Medication and discomfort

When to call us

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Root Canal Therapy

Caring for a temporary restoration

Now that you have had a root canal therapy, it is important to follow these recommendations to ensure healing.

If we placed a temporary filling or crown on your tooth, avoid chewing for at least one-half hour to allow the restoration to harden.

To keep your temporary restoration in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods, especially chewing gum. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

It is not a problem for a small portion of a temporary filling to wear away or break off, but if the entire filling wears out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that it can be replaced.

Chewing and eating

Brushing and flossing

Medications and discomfort

When to call us

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Whitening Instructions

Brush and floss (to remove any food or plaque)

1. Place a single drop (about the size of a BB) amount of whitening gel into the inside of the tray, putting it into each individual tooth.

2. Place whitening tray into the mouth, press gently using your fingertips to evenly spread the gel across your teeth.

3. Take your finger or toothbrush to remove any excess gel that may have gotten onto your gums (if gel is left on gums it can cause redness, bleeding, and sensitivity).

4. Wear whitening trays 30 minutes to 1 hour every day for 14 days. For best results, wear every day. If sensitivity occurs, switch to every other day (still wearing your whitening trays for a total of 14 days).

5. While wearing whitening trays, DO NOT eat, drink or smoke!

6. After whitening, remove trays from the mouth, brush teeth with water or toothpaste, and brush trays well with water.

You may have a melon taste while wearing your trays. This is the flavor of the gel; it will not harm you.

***Store whitening gel in refrigerator***

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