Home Care Instructions
After Cosmetic Reconstruction
Getting used to your new smile after cosmetic reconstruction can take time. It’s normal to experience mild hot and cold sensitivity and your gums may also be sore. Patients should not be overly concerned if their speech is affected for several days after dental reconstruction. In coming days, your speech will return to normal. To reduce pain, swelling and discomfort, there are several home methods that are proven effective for dental soreness:
- Mix one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and rinse three times a day
- Take a mild pain medication, such as Ibuprofen, every three hours as needed
Regular brushing and flossing is essential, especially after new dental work. Keep your new teeth in top condition longer when you receive routine dental care at home and by a qualified dentist. Since food and other materials can harm you teeth, it’s important to:
- Avoid hard materials, such as sticky candies, peanut brittle, ice, and fingernails
- Avoid smoking – cigarettes can stain the teeth among other negative health effects
- Avoid foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee and berries
- Wear a mouth guard when engaging in sports and at night if needed
After Bridge and Crowns
Bridges and crowns generally require two to three appointments from start to finish. At times, temporarily crowns will come off. If this happens, call us at (408) 223-9600 and we will cement the crown back in place.
After Tooth Extractions
We recommend biting down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after a tooth extraction to stop any bleeding. Patients may experience mild pain and swelling, which can be treated using pain medication as directed. Remember to resume your dental routine after 24 hours.
After Composite Fillings
It’s not uncommon for the lips and tongue to feel numb after the use of anesthetic. After composite fillings, the injection sites may be sore and you may experience some hot and cold sensitivity. Once the anesthetic wears off, you are safe to chew with your new white fillings.