Restorative Treatment
  After you have fillings done
Temporary Crowns and Bridges
  After your temporary crown/bridge is placed
Extractions (Children)
 
 

After the tooth has been extracted:

Extractions (Adult)
  After the tooth has been extracted:
Laser Treatment
  After your laser treatment:
Gum Surgery
  After your gum surgery is completed:
Scaling and Root Planing
  After your hygiene appointment:
Myosplints
  After you have received your splint:
Sedation
  After you have been sedated:
Root Canals
 

  After your root canal procedure
Permanent Crowns/Bridges
  After your crown/bridge has been placed
Bone Regeneration
  After a bone regeneration procedure
Implants
  After your implant surgery



 

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Restorative Treatment - After you have fillings done:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Temperature and biting sensitivity is normal for up to about two weeks. If any sensitivity lasts
    longer than that, we would appreciate you let us know so we can bring you back to adjust the
    filling. Sensitivity that lasts longer than two weeks will not resolve itself on its own.

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Temporary Crowns and Bridges - After your temporary crown/bridge is placed:

  • Please do not eat anything hard or sticky on the side of your temporary.
  • Please do not floss on either side of your temporary.
  • If you are finding the temporary is sensitive, avoid anything that is extreme in temperature.
  • If your temporary comes off during our business hours you are welcome to call us and we can
    bring you in to re-cement it. If your temporary comes off outside of our office hours, you can
    use Vaseline or toothpaste to hold it back in place. Please do not use glue to put it back in.
  • Your temporary should always be in place, even if it comes off and does not bother you.

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Extractions (Children) - After the tooth has been extracted:

  • Keep biting with firm pressure onto wet gauze over the extraction site. Change the gauze every
    20 minutes until the bleeding has stopped. Uncontrolled bleeding is a medical emergency. If
    this happens after hours and a dentist cannot be contacted, please proceed to emergency care
    at the nearest hospital.
  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Try to avoid touching the site with your fingers or tongue.
  • Be very gentle with brushing for the first few days.
  • Avoid foods like rice, nuts, seeds, chips, and popcorn for the first week.
  • 24 hours after the extraction you can start doing warm salt water rinses (1 tsp salt in a cup of
    warm water) for 30 seconds after every meal. Continue this for one week.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication.

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Extractions (Adult) - After the tooth has been extracted:

  • Keep biting with firm pressure onto wet gauze over the extraction site. Change the gauze every
    20 minutes until the bleeding has stopped. If bleeding persists for an extended period of time,
    soak a black tea bag in warm water, squeeze out the excess moisture, and bite firmly on it. Call
    our office if bleeding persists or increases. Uncontrolled bleeding is a medical emergency. If this
    happens after hours and a dentist cannot be contacted, please proceed to emergency care at
    the nearest hospital.
  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Try to avoid touching the site with your fingers or tongue.
  • To help avoid dry socket, refrain from doing anything that causes negative pressure inside your
    mouth (smoking, drinking through a straw, sucking on mints/hard candy, spitting) for at least
    the first three days after your surgery.
  • Applying ice to your face (frozen peas, cold pack) the first few hours (20 minutes on, 20 minutes
    off) after your surgery will help reduce swelling.
  • No physical activity for 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid foods like rice, nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn, and spicy food for the first week. Use the
    water syringe provided to help rinse the area out if any food becomes lodged in the extraction
    site.
  • 24 hours after the extraction you can start doing warm salt water rinses (1 tsp salt in a cup of
    warm water) for 30 seconds after every meal. Continue this for one week.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication.
  • If you start to feel like you are feeling worse a few days after the surgery instead of better,
    please contact our office.
  • We strongly advise you not to smoke after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases
    discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

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Laser Treatment - After your laser treatment:

  • A warm salt water rinse (1 tsp of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day for the next few
    days will help the area heal quickly.

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Gum Surgery - After your gum surgery is completed:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Applying ice to your face (frozen peas, cold pack) the first few hours (20 minutes on, 20 minutes
    off) after your surgery will help reduce swelling.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from the surgery site. Avoid the gum tissue in that area with
    your toothbrush and floss for the next week.
  • Do not rinse your mouth the day of the surgery. Twenty-four hours after your surgery you can
    rinse gently with salt water (1 tsp salt water in a cup of warm water) three times a day for the
    next week.
  • If a perio-pack was placed, please try not to disturb it for as long as possible.
  • Call our office if bleeding persists or increases. Uncontrolled bleeding is a medical emergency. If
    this happens after hours and a dentist cannot be contacted, please proceed to emergency care
    at the nearest hospital.
  • Stick to a soft diet for the first 24-48 hours, and avoid anything sharp like nuts, seeds, chips, and
    popcorn.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication.
  • We strongly advise you not to smoke after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases
    discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

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Scaling and Root Planing - After your hygiene appointment:

  • If you are uncomfortable, you can do a warm salt water rinse (1 tsp salt in a cup of warm water)
    three times a day for the next two days.
  • Take pain medication as recommended by the hygienist.
  • Tooth sensitivity can be normal after scaling, especially if it has been a while since your teeth
    have been cleaned. To help minimize it, you can use a pea-sized amount of a sensitivity
    toothpaste and massage it into the part of the tooth that is irritated. Do not brush or rinse it
    away. Use nightly after you brush your teeth until the sensitivity has subsided.

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Myosplints - After you have received your splint:

  • Always use finger pressure to put your orthotic in to place. Never bite it down, as this can break
    your splint.
  • You should wear your splint 4-6 hours during the day, and every night. If you are having
    problems wearing it during the night please bring it to our attention at follow-up appointments
    with our office.
  • NEVER wear your orthotic more than the prescribed amount of time.
  • Brush your splint with your toothbrush and toothpaste after each use. That is all you need to do
    to clean it. Never boil your splint or put it in the microwave or dishwasher to try and sterilize it.
  • It is acceptable to soak your orthotic briefly in mouthwash before use. Do not let your splint
    soak for extended periods of time because that can cause softening of the acrylic.
  • Always store your splint in the case provided when not in use.
  • If your orthotic starts to cause you pain, stop wearing it immediately and contact our office so
    we can take a look at it as soon as possible.

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Sedation - After you have been sedated:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Drink plenty of fluids as soon as possible.
  • You cannot drive the day of the procedure and for 24 hours after it.
  • You should be supervised at home for 24 hours after the procedure and not left by yourself.
  • The dentist will check up on you 24 hours after the procedure. Please leave an updated contact
    number or call the office the next day.

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Root Canals - After your root canal procedure:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication. Antibiotics may have been prescribed to help reduce the swelling and infection in the area around the tooth. Please take the antibiotics if significant swelling and pain persist after the root canal procedure. Contact our office for follow up care if pain and swelling continues.
  • It is normal to feel sore/tender in that area for a few days following the procedure.
  • Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth the Root Canal procedure was done on until a crown
    can be placed on that tooth.

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Permanent Crowns/Bridges - After your crown/bridge has been placed:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • The cement is hardened, but will further set over the next 24 hours. Please do not chew
    anything very hard or sticky on that side until the 24 hour period is over.
  • Temperature and biting sensitivity is normal for up to about two weeks. If any sensitivity lasts
    longer than that, we would appreciate you let us know so we can bring you back to adjust the
    crown/bridge. Sensitivity that lasts longer than two weeks will not resolve itself on its own.
  • Treat your new crown/bridge just like a normal tooth. Brush it and floss it the same way you
    would your natural teeth. You need to floss underneath your bridge as well, using the special
    floss you received a sample of in our office.

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Bone Regeneration - After a bone regeneration procedure:

  • Freezing can last up to three hours after your appointment. Please be careful that you don’t
    accidentally bite your tongue, cheek or lip. You should also avoid anything hot or anything that
    requires a lot of chewing until the freezing dissipates. Please call the office to inform us if the
    numbing persists to the next day.
  • Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day. Limit physical activity and
    excessive exertion for the first 72 hours.
  • Applying ice to your face (frozen peas, cold pack) the first few hours (20 minutes on, 20 minutes
    off) after your surgery will help reduce swelling.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication.
  • Some blood is to be expected, but extensive bleeding should not occur. If that does happen,
    apply firm pressure with a moist gauze or moist teabag to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding
    still does not subside, please call our office or head straight to an emergency clinic.
  • Avoid rinsing, spitting, sucking through a straw, sucking on mints, etc for 24 hours after your
    surgery. Blood is clotting and this will disturb the healing process.
  • You may brush the non-surgical areas in your mouth the day following surgery but do not use
    toothpaste for the first week.
  • Do not touch the surgical site with your fingers or tongue as you could dislodge the tissue. Do
    not pull your lip away to view the graft site.
  • Some minor white patches may be visible early in the healing process. This is typical. Do not
    touch these patches, and if you have any questions about the appearance of the healing please
    call our office.
  • Do not eat on the surgical side or area for at least two weeks.
  • For the first week stick to a soft diet (pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, soup, smoothies, etc.).
  • Avoid extremes such as very hot, very cold, or very acidic foods. Avoid foods like rice, nuts,
    seeds, chips, popcorn, and spicy food for the first week.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water (without a straw) the day of and the day following surgery.
  • We strongly advise you not to smoke after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases
    discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.


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Implants - After your implant surgery:

  • To control bleeding, apply moderate pressure with moist gauze, or a moist tea bag.
  • Limit yourself to calm activities for three days after surgery.
  • If you wear a removable denture or partial denture, follow the dentist’s instructions about
    wearing it while your implants heal.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of implant failure so we encourage you not to smoke. Smoking
    delays healing, increases discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical
    site. It can also cause the body to reject the implant.
  • Call us if the implants gradually show through the gum tissue, or is you have heavy or increased
    bleeding, pain, or swelling that continues beyond two or three days.
  • Avoid chewing until the freezing has worn off completely.
  • For the first 24 hours, drink lots of fluids and eat soft, nutritious foods, chewing on the opposite
    side of your mouth. After the 24 hours is up you can begin to return to your usual diet, but
    continue to chew on the opposite side. Avoid very hot or spicy foods until your gums have
    healed. We will evaluate your healing and let you know when you can start chewing on your
    implant.
  • For the first two weeks gently wipe the implant site with gauze or a cotton swab. After that you
    can brush the area gently with a soft toothbrush. Do not floss the site for four weeks after
    surgery. Brush and floss your other teeth normally.
  • Follow the dentist’s instructions regarding pain management and medication.

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