There are many procedures in a dental office that require some attention by the patient afterward. If you have recently had a procedure done and have questions as to how to care for the area please see the information below in regards to your procedure. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please call our office.
Used to fill in the pits and fissures of groovy teeth, sealants keep out plaque and food while decreasing staining of the rear adult molars, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since the sealant only covers the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Flossing is the only means capable of preventing cavities in between the teeth. Good oral hygiene, flossing and nutrition are all EQUALLY important in preventing dental decay.
**The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth against dental decay. A total prevention program includes: regular visits to the dentist, the use of topical fluoride (like in your toothpaste or the ACT fluoride rinse), daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the amount of sugary foods eaten on a daily basis.
If these measures are followed, in conjunction with sealants used on the child’s teeth, the risk of decay can be significantly reduced, or possibly even eliminated!
You have just received your new silver (Amalgam) filling. Here is some important post operative information that applies to this time tested restoration. If we used a local anesthetic to numb the area we treated, this numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. To avoid damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
With silver fillings, you should not chew hard or sticky foods or chew directly on the new fillings for the first 24 hours. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. New silver fillings can be sensitive to hot and cold liquids and other foods.
If the sensitivity should continue for longer than two weeks or if the discomfort is extreme, please give us a call so that we can evaluate the situation and prescribe the appropriate therapy. Your gums may also be sore after your appointment.
Sometimes, due to the effects of the local anesthesia, it is quite difficult to make sure that your bite is exactly right. If you feel any discomfort in chewing, please let us know. A minor adjustment is usually all it takes to make you comfortable. Don’t wait too long! Teeth can become quite sensitive if the bite is “high”. You can generate in excess of 40,000 pounds per square inch when chewing on your back teeth. Fillings which have not had the appropriate amount of time to harden, or are “high”, cannot stand this kind of pressure and may break. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at any time.
During your appointment today, one or more of your teeth was prepared for a crown or bridge. A temporary crown was fabricated for each prepared tooth. Temporary crowns are cemented with a temporary dental cement to allow for easy removal at your next appointment.
Until your next appointment:
Whenever anesthesia is used, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
You may experience sensitivity to temperature and pressure, gum soreness and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth; it should subside after the placement of permanent crown.
Avoid hard or sticky foods that may dislodge temporary crowns, such as:
If a temporary crown becomes loose or comes off, try to place it back onto the tooth and call the office at your convenience to get the crown re-cemented. Denture adhesive can be used to hold the temporary crown in position.
Rinse your mouth with Listerine Mouthwash or warm salt water to minimize inflammation of the gum tissue.
Acrylic temporaries attract more bacterial plaque than natural teeth; therefore it is important to brush normally, at least three times a day. Floss at least once a day, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary. Pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
You may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages after treatment.
Mild to moderate discomfort after dental work is common. An over-the-counter pain reliever/anti-inflammatory is recommended for patients who are able to tolerate them. (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, etc.) If discomfort increases, please call the office.
***If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call your doctor.
You have just received your new white (composite or resin) filling. Here is some important post operative information. If we used a local anesthetic to numb the area we treated, this numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. To avoid damage to your tongue and lips, you should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment. It is not uncommon for the tooth to be sensitive for several weeks or months. You can also expect some soreness in your gums for several days.
White fillings are set completely after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally. If your bite feels uneven, or if you have any questions or concerns about your new filling, be sure to give us a call.
Sometimes, due to effects of the local anesthesia, it is quite difficult to make sure that your bit is exactly right. If you feel any discomfort in chewing, please let us know. A minor adjustment is usually all it takes to make you comfortable. Don’t wait too long! Teeth can become quite sensitive if the bite is “high.” You can generate in excess of 40,000 pounds per square inch when chewing on your back teeth. If the filling feels high, come in for an adjustment. If you do not do this, your tooth will become irritated and a toothache could result. If you have any questions, please feel free to call at any time.
We understand that having a tooth extracted can be very stressful, so we just want to follow up with a few suggestions to help make your recovery more comfortable.
You should be fully recovered in a few days, but if you experience abnormal pain or if something seems wrong, please call the office.
Scaling and Root Planing After-Care Instructions
Following Scaling and Root Planing, you can expect to notice less redness, and less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissue. Your gum health can be maintained with proper home care and regular professional care.
Discomfort or pain should be acute and should subside in a few days. Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight throbbing or aching and occasionally may be uncomfortable. This discomfort usually subsides in about twenty-four hours. Any discomfort due to brushing should get better in one to three days. Ibuprofen/Tylenol is generally recommended for minor discomfort.
Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. The sensitivity to temperature may be intense the first two or three days.
Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several brushings but the bleeding should steadily decrease after two or three days.
Root surfaces may be more exposed as the inflammation subsides. This may result in more spaces between teeth.
Instructions to Minimize Symptoms
Diet/Eating-If extensive root planning was performed, chewing hard foods, such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable; this should last no longer than a few days. A diet of softer consistency would be advised until chewing becomes more comfortable.
If a local anesthetic was used, avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue or cheeks. Acetaminophen or a non-aspirin analgesic should be taken as needed to reduce discomfort. If tooth sensitivity persists, use a desensitizing dentifrice (toothpaste) containing potassium nitrate. If the sensitivity is severe and prolonged, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.
If gum tissues are tender, brush your teeth gently but thoroughly; this may take a little more time than normal. By the third to fourth day, normal oral hygiene techniques can be resumed. Mouth rinsing is recommended with a antimicrobial rinse, OR a warm salt water rinse.