Home Care Instructions Following Tooth Filling or Restoration
- 1. Allow the numbness to wear off before eating to avoid biting on your cheek, lip, or tongue.
2. It is common to experience muscle soreness, stiff jaw, or limited mouth opening after a dental appointment from keeping your mouth open. You can take a mild pain reliever such as over-the-counter Ibuprofen (such as Advil) or Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) as needed for post-op discomfort. Always check with your dentist first. You can also try to apply a warm heat pad or massage the muscles in that area.
3. It is also common to experience sharp tooth sensitivity to cold and hot that goes away in seconds. This may last for a few days to a few weeks. If sensitivity or discomfort worsen, then contact your dentist immediately.
4. For the first day, avoid eating on the side the tooth filling was placed as it may be sensitive.
5. Brush, rinse, floss as you normally would.
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Home Care Instructions Following Root Canal Therapy
- 1. It is common to experience post-operative discomfort following root canal therapy. Take recommended or prescribed pain medication by your dentist before the numbness wears. Take pain medication as needed. Avoid taking medication on an empty stomach. For mild pain relief, you can use over-the-counter Ibuprofen 200mg (such as Advil). Take Ibuprofen 3 tabs of 200 mg (600 mg total) every 6 hours as needed for post-op dental pain and inflammation. Always discuss with your dentist first what pain medication to take.
2. Allow the numbness to wear off before eating to avoid biting on you cheek, lip, or tongue.
3. If a temporary filling has been placed in between appointments and it falls out, then contact your dentist immediately.
4. Avoid biting or chewing on the tooth until your dentist has completed root canal therapy and a final filling or restoration has been placed. It is recommended that the final restoration be placed within 2 months following completion of root canal therapy.
5. Brush, rinse, and floss as you would normally.
6. Rinse with warm salt-water mouth rinse (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup lukewarm water) 3 times daily for 3-4 cays. Always check with your dentist first.
7 Antibiotics: If you are prescribed antibiotics, then take as directed and complete the regimen as prescribed by the dentist. Stop taking the antibiotic if you develop an allergic reaction (such as itchiness, rash, swelling in the throat).
8. Contact your dentist immediately if you begin to experience severe and worsening pain or swelling.
Home Care Instructions Following Tooth ExtractionImmediately Following Tooth Extraction Procedure:
- 1. Bite on a piece of sterile gauze with firm pressure to stop bleeding for 45 minutes immediately following tooth removal or oral surgery. After 45 minutes you may change the gauze as needed. Bleeding will subside after a few hours. For prolonged bleeding you may try to soak a tea bag and firmly bite down. The proteins in the tea will help promote blood clotting or a scab to form and allow healing to begin.
2. Do not use alcohol or any alcohol containing products in the first 3 days. Do not smoke in the first 3 days.
3. Take recommended or prescribed pain medication by your dentist before the numbness wears off to help with post-op discomfort or tenderness. Take pain medication as needed. Avoid taking medication on an empty stomach. For mild pain relief, you can use over-the-counter Ibuprofen 200mg (such as Advil). Take Ibuprofen 3 tabs of 200 mg each (600 mg total) every 6 hours as needed for post-op dental pain and inflammation. Always discuss with your dentist first what pain medication to take.
4. Do not suck through a straw. No vigorous rinsing or spitting that might dislodge the blood clot.
5. Eat soft foods and avoid chewing in the area of the tooth extraction. No hot or spicy foods. No crunchy foods.
6. Swelling will be worst within the first 72 hours or 3 days following tooth extraction. Cold compression or place an ice pack in the area for 15-20 minutes on and 15-20 minutes off to reduce post-op swelling.
7. Stay hydrated! Make sure you are getting plenty of fluids and water. If you are sore or experiencing slight muscle stiffness, then you can always try to place and melt small ice cubes or ice chips in your mouth.
8. Rest. No strenuous physical activity or exercise.
Same Day or Evening Following Tooth Extraction Procedure
Continue to follow above instructions and also:
9. Brush your teeth as you would normally, but be very gentle in the area of the extraction site. Do not rinse or spit vigorously. Rinse gently or allow your saliva to drool.
10. Do not use any alcohol or alcohol containing products. This includes mouth rinses that might contain a small amount of alcohol.
11. Elevate your head or stack a few pillows when you sleep to keep pressure off of the extraction site and to help with swelling.
One-Day (24 hours) Following Tooth Extraction Procedure
Continue to follow above instructions for the next 3-4 days and also:
12. Begin lukewarm salt-water mouth rinse (or 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water) 3 times a day and continue for 3-4 days. This will help keep the extraction site clean if you get food or debris trapped in it. If you have a history of high blood pressure, check with your dentist.
13. Nausea and Vomiting: You may experience slight nausea/vomiting immediately after the procedure from swallowing blood. Try to sip on water or juice every 10-15 minutes.
14. Sutures: If sutures or stitches were placed after tooth removal, then expect to follow up 7-10 days after the procedure to get the sutures removed.
15. Dry Socket: If you are experiencing worsened pain 3-5 days following the procedure, then you might be experiencing a dry socket. Dry socket occurs in the event when there is incomplete healing or proper formation of a blood clot. The cause is unknown. It may be characterized by throbbing pain that can radiate to the ear, jaw, chin and to other teeth. Other symptoms might include bad taste or foul odor in the mouth. Call your dentist if you believe you might be experiencing a dry socket so that it can be properly cleaned and treated to allow for proper healing to take place.
16. Antibiotics: If you are prescribed antibiotics, then take as directed and complete the regimen as prescribed by the dentist. Stop taking the antibiotic if you develop an allergic reaction (such as itchiness, rash, swelling in the throat).
Dentures and Dental Implants
- 1. Following a partial denture or complete denture delivery, wear your dentures as much as possible within the first 24 hours to allow your mouth and muscles to adapt to a new object in the mouth. This will allow you to easily detect high spots or areas that may be giving you sores. Schedule a 24 hour post-op or follow up visit.
2. 3-5 days following your delivery and adjustments you may still notice sore spots or over extended areas. Schedule a 3-5 days post-op or follow up visit to allow your dentist to adjust these areas.
3. If you are experiencing dry mouth, then you may notice it more following your delivery. Be sure to drink plenty of water to allow for adequate suction, ease and comfort of your new dentures.
4. You may also notice your speech may sound different or may experience challenges with certain sounds or words. Spend time reading out loud to allow your mouth and muscles to develop muscle memory to say certain sounds or words. This may take some time getting use to, but do not get frustrated.
5. When eating with your new dentures, dry softer and smaller pieces of foods at first to allow your muscles to develop muscle memory and form new chewing habits. This may take some time getting use to, but do not get frustrated.
6. Avoid using a denture adhesive. You may become insecure without it and it may act as a crutch to give you confidence in your new smile. It may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to become familiar and adjusted with your new smile and your new dentures.
7. When caring for your dentures, clean them each night before bedtime. Place a towel in your sink. Use a denture toothbrush or a soft bristled toothbrush. Use a denture toothpaste or warm soap water. Sometimes over the counter toothpaste contains abrasives that may create tiny scratches on the surface of your denture. Try to soak your dentures in a denture cleaner at least 3 times a week. Even though you have teeth missing, bacteria in the mouth may become attracted to your denture.
8. Never wear your dentures to bed or overnight. Your gums need room to breathe from the pressure placed on them during the day. You can also gently massage your gums using a soft bristled toothbrush and warm water.
9. In between meals you might also want to remove your dentures and rinse them under water to remove food or debris that may have become wedged between your removable prosthesis and your gums or soft tissue.
10. Each year you should bring your complete denture in to let your dentist evaluate the fit, retention, and occlusion or bite. If you have a partial removable denture, then we encourage you to bring your partial denture at each cleaning appointment so that we may clean them professionally while you are getting your teeth cleaned.
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