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Post Treatment Care

Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

Schedule an appointment with a CV Dental Care provider by filling out this contact form or call us at 480-467-3618.

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Tooth Extractions

At CV Dental Care, we are dedicated to helping you preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. Protecting and improving the health of your smile is our first priority. There are times, however, when removing an impacted tooth is unavoidable. If one of your teeth is severely damaged, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to prevent any further complications.

A dental extraction is most commonly required if:

  • A tooth is deeply decayed or in the advanced stages of gum disease
  • A tooth does not respond to a root canal therapy
  • A tooth has extensive bone loss
  • A tooth has a fractured root
  • A tooth is broken beyond repair
  • A tooth is poorly positioned, such as an impacted or problematic wisdom tooth
  • Erupting wisdom teeth interfere with the orthodontic alignment of teeth

We understand that replacing missing teeth or whether to do so at all may be a challenging decision for many patients. There is a number of negative consequences patients can suffer over time, if they decide against tooth replacement: shifting teeth that affect the bite and cause difficulty chewing, an empty space noticeable in a smile, or even further damage to the adjoining teeth. We strongly advise replacing the missing tooth or teeth with an implant, fixed bridge, or denture as soon as possible.

Тhe Extraction Process

Before removing your tooth, your dentist will numb the area—jawbone and gums– where the tooth will be removed, using a local anesthetic. If several or all of your teeth need to be removed, a stronger, general anesthetic may be used. Your dentist will insert special tools between the tooth and gum surrounding the tooth, moving it back and forth within the socket (the bone that encases the tooth’s root) until it separates from the ligament that holds the tooth in place. You’ll feel a lot of pressure during this process without feeling pain. This is because the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. The whole procedure should take minutes to complete. Let your dentist know if you do feel pain at any time during the extraction.

After the extraction, you need to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes to allow for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding. You may need to place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes, if the bleeding still persists. You may have to do this several times to restrain the flow of blood. Avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. As there may be some pain and swelling after the extraction, an ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the prescribed pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing process and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Call our office immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication.

Schedule an appointment with a CV Dental Care provider by filling out this contact form or call us at 480-467-3618.

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