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Post operatory instructions

Crown and bridge post op instructions

crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. on the first appointment the teeth are prepared. Temporary crownss or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custome restoration is being made. Ater each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing unitl the numbness has completely worn off. 

on rare occasions temporary crowns come off. Call us if this happens, and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place. 

Its normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. used medication as directed. 

To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. Its imporatant to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the temporary crown. If your bite fells uneven, if you have persisistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office



Dentures post op

Most new dentures require an adjustment period. This period will require the patient and the dentist to work together for the best result  the patient. 

Start slowly with new dentures. Eat easier softer foods first before attempting to chew more challenging foods. Also, practice speaking withe your new teeth. Even if your news dentures are very similar to a previous set, there will be differences that will require you to learn to eat and speak all over again.

Dentures will not fit as well as the can initially. it generally takes several days for a new set of dentures to settle into the tissue of the mouth. AFter several days of trial wear with a new set, you will generally be instructed to return return to your dentist for a check. Adjustments can then be made based on your experiences. Any soreness of the gums, loosesness, difficulties with chewing, or difficulties with speech can be evaluated. Your dentist can than make necessary adjustments or give you suggestions for dealing with any concerns that you have. 

The most important way of caring for your dentures is to brush them at least once a day--inside and out!. you can used a soft tooth brush or special denture brush. Either regular toothpaste or denture cream will work work well. Occasionally soaking in denture cleansing solution can also help. Generally, soaking on a weekly basis followed by a thorough brushing will be adequate. 

Take care not to drop your dentures when cleaning them. it is helpful to clean your denture over a washcloth or over a sink full of water to prevent breaking the denture if dropped. 

Dentures require regular professional care. We suggest that all denture patients have their dentures and gums tissue checked every 6-months. This assures that any problems are identified and corrected before damage is done to the mouth. Adjustments and relines can be made to dentures that will keep them working well and fitting well longer than if no preventive care is taken. 

Most often, it best to sleep with dentures ouf of the mouth. This gives the tissues of the mouth rest. In some instances, a patient's jaws or muscles need the support of dentures at sleep. These patients will feel better sleeping with their dentures in place. 

if you have existing dentures and have any questions about the fit or appearance of your teeth, call the office for an evaluation appointment today!


Deep cleaning post Instructions

Do NOT eat anything until the anesthesia wears off, as you might bite your lips, cheek, or tongue and cause damage. You will probably have some discomfort when the anesthesia wears off; take your non-aspirin pain medication(s) as directed, whether it is prescribed or over-the-counter.

Medications:  Please take Ibuprofen or Advil 600 mg (equal to 3 tabs of over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Advil) every 4-6 hours if necessary. à Do NOT exceed 2400 mg (12 tabs) in a 24 hour period!!! An antibiotic may have been prescribed to prevent or minimize infection. Please take the antibiotics as instructed until all tablets / pills are finished.

Discomfort: Slight swelling of the area is not unusual. Even chapped lips may occur. à A reusable ice bag or a frozen vegetable bag, wrapped in a soft towel, may be applied to the area of deep cleaning to help minimize the swelling in the area. Alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off will usually be adequate during the first 24 hours after deep cleaning. You may experience some tooth sensitivity after deep cleaning, especially to cold. Sensitivity usually decreases within several weeks after deep cleaning and can be minimized by keeping the area as free of plaque as possible. If the sensitivity is extreme, contact the doctor for recommendations or medications to relieve the discomfort.

Bleeding: Minor bleeding, such as a pinkish tinge to your saliva, may occur during the first 48 hours. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water, but avoid extremely hot foods for the rest of the day. If bleeding continues, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag. Keep in place for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding increases or occurs past the initial 48 hours, please call our office as soon as possible to notify the doctor and receive further instructions.

Eating / Diet: You may eat as tolerated after the numbness has worn off. Avoid sticky, hard (such as ice cubes, nuts, popcorn, chips), brittle, spicy, highly seasoned, or acidic foods in your diet. Foods such as soups, pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, etc. are best. Be sure to maintain adequate nutrition and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid smoking 7-14 days following the deep cleaning procedures, as smoking will delay the healing of your gums. In addition, please strongly consider quitting smoking.

Scaling & Root Planing / Deep Cleaning Post-Operative Instructions Homecare: Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with your preferred mouth rinse or warm salt water. This can be made by dissolving one tablespoon of salt in an 8-oz glass of water. Start home care as instructed. Do not be concerned if there is mild bleeding during brushing for a few days following the deep cleaning procedure. Try to relax and practice the best oral hygiene possible and your healing should progress well. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office number 972-233-2341


Root canal Post OP

• Though some of the root canal procedures we perform are completed in 1 appointment, root canal therapy may take more than 1 appointment to complete.
• Since anesthetic has been used, parts of your mouth may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.
Between appointments, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth. It is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, please call our office and set up a time to come in and have it replaced.
• It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure. To control discomfort, take any pain medication prescribed by the dentist as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as directed, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Taking ibuprofen before the numbness wears off can greatly reduce post-operative pain.
• To protect the tooth and keep the temporary filling in place, avoid eating hard or sticky food (such as gum), and try to chew on the other side of your mouth. Continue to brush and floss normally. Usually, the last step in a root canal is the placement of a crown or permanent filling in the tooth. A crown will protect the tooth from breaking in the future.
• If you have signs of swelling or increasing pain, or if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office.


Post oP fillings

• Do not bite together hard or eat on fresh amalgam fillings for 2 to 3 hours. Composite fillings set up hard right away.

Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children may chew the inside of their lip, cheeks or tongue and cause serious damage.

• Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be.

• Sensitivity is usually most noticeable the first 12 to 24 hours after the anesthetic wears off.

• The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.

• The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a texture different than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you should become accustomed to this in a few days. If the bite seems high or doesn't feel right please call our office.


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