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After your teeth have been restored with tooth – colored materials, the restorations should function beautifully for many years. The composite resin material contains small filler particles of glass like material which adds strength and wear resistance. They are composed of the finest and most up-to-date materials currently available.
Please be aware of the following information regarding your new restorations:
- Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, nuts, etc.) since composite resin material can break under extreme pressure.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold for a few weeks following a dental restoration is quite common. Generally, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth may be. If you feel the bite is not correct, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
- The anesthetic injection site along with some irritation of the gum tissue during the procedure may result in some soreness for a few days.
- Your finished restoration may have a different texture than your original tooth and may be contoured somewhat differently. The tongue intends to magnify the small differences, but you would become completely accustomed to them within a few days.
- Composite fillings harden immediately and require no waiting time to eat.
IMPORTANT: Children should be observed and should not eat until all anesthetic has worn off. Due to remaining numbness and/or are mild swelling, children can accidentally chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, possibly resulting in serious damage to those tissues.
Temporary crowns aren’t strong. They can break or may occasionally come off. If this should happen, call our office.
Temporary restorations can leak saliva or food onto the tooth. You may experience sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure, or suites. If you experience unusual discomfort or feel the bite is not correct, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment. Your temporary’s size, shape, and color do not resemble those of your final restoration.
Do not chew hard or sticky foods on your restoration for 24 hours from the time it was cemented. The cement must harden during this time to provide optimum strength. It may take a few days to get used to your new crown or bridge after the final cementation. Hot and cold sensitivity may occur for a few weeks and occasionally may last for several months. As with the temporary, if the bite does not feel comfortable, please call and make an appointment so that we may adjust it.
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month cleanings are necessary to maintain you final restoration. The one area where a crowned tooth can decay is at the bottom edge of the crown at the gum line. Small problems that develop around restorations can usually be found at an early stage and easily corrected, but postponing proper care can result in the need to replace the entire restoration.
Important Information About Crowns
Gold and porcelain crowns are equivalent in almost all respects, except that porcelain may chip. Statistics show that approximately 1 out of 100 porcelain crowns chip and require replacement. Gold crowns do not ever chip. When choosing between a porcelain or gold crown, this should be part of you consideration.
Sore Spots: After wearing your denture/partial for 24 hours, your mouth will usually have some “sore spots.” We can help to relieve these areas very easily at your next appointment.
Chewing: For a number of weeks, your new bite may not feel completely comfortable. Once your denture/partial has settled into place, we can adjust the contact surfaces of your teeth.
Cleaning your Denture/Partial: Clean your denture/partial easily using a denture brush or toothbrush with mild toothpaste. It is also helpful to use a periodic denture soak, such as with Polident. We recommend leaving partials out of the mouth at night, soaking in water.
Dentures only: Using a regular toothbrush, brush your gums once a day to toughen and clean them.
Partials only: Be especially careful to clean parts of your partial that contact any natural teeth. Both your partial and your natural teeth must be kept very clean every day to reduce the opportunity for new dental decay to flare up.
We take pride in providing you with well-fitted, functional, and esthetic dentures/partials. After a few weeks of adjustment, we are sure that you will enjoy years of satisfaction from them. Over time, when teeth are missing, the jawbone and gums shrink. Your dentures/partials will feel loose if this takes place and will probably need to be relined. Severe bone loss and serious oral disease can occur as a result of wearing ill-fitting dentures/partials for too long without refitting. Please call our office if you experience these symptoms so that we may maintain your denture or partial and your good oral health.
Your night guard (also known as a bit splint or occlusal splint) is made of acrylic. It is designed to keep your teeth from coming in contact while you sleep. This allows the lower jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference from your bite. In order to enjoy it’s benefits, you must wear your night guard every night. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during the day, you may wear it then also. When you are not using your appliance, always keep it in water to prevent warping. This simple treatment has many years of proven success.
Cleaning: If you are using your night guard during the day, or eating at night before you go to bed, food can accumulate underneath it. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly, then brush and rinse the inside and outside of the night guard before returning it to your mouth. Clean your night guard the same way before placing it in water when you are not wearing it. Dental plaque will find a haven, stimulating dental decay, if you do not take care regarding the cleanliness of your mouth and night guard. If you suffer a high rate of dental decay, fluoride-containing rinses or gels can be placed in your appliance once per day.
Medications: Please carefully follow directions for medication. If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, it is important to take all of it as directed. If you should have a reaction such as a rash or breathing difficulty call your physician or 911.
Women Only: If on birth control pills, it is IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ANTIBIOTICS have been reported to decrease oral contraceptive effectiveness, resulting in a change of unplanned pregnancy. If antibiotics are prescribed, other contraceptive methods are recommended if pregnancy must be avoided.
Pain Control: 800m mg Ibuprofen (equivalent to 4 Advil or Motrin) taken every 6-8 hours for 2-3 days is usually sufficient for post-extraction discomfort. If you need to take narcotic pain relievers, please do not drive or operate machinery.
Prevent “DRY SOCKET”: It is important to avoid excessive swishing, rinsing, drinking through a straw, and spitting for the next 2-3 days. Such actions may dislodge the blood clot that needs to form to speed healing in the extraction socket. Smoking may also cause a dry socket.
Bleeding: There will be a minimum amount of oozing of blood during the next 24 hours. If you believe the bleeding to be more than oozing, rinse gently with ice water and apply pressure with moist gauze over the area for 20 minutes. If this does not control the bleeding, call our office.
Oral Hygiene: It is important to continue with good oral hygiene. Be careful not to disturb the extraction site while brushing and avoid excessive swishing, sucking, or spitting for the first 3 days.
Swelling: A slight amount of swelling is normal and can be minimized with the application of an ice pack for the first two hours following surgery. Apply an ice pack alternately, (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for no longer than 2 hours. Swelling will reach its peak within three days and then begin to subside. Should you feel the swelling is excessive or you begin to have a fever, call our office.
Diet: You should eat a well balanced diet, consisting primarily of soft and semi-soft foods. Avoid hard crunchy foods (potato chips, popcorn, etc.) that may become lodged in the tissue. Hot or spicy foods may be uncomfortable for the first few days following surgery.
Smoking: Smoking is extremely detrimental to healing oral tissue. Avoid smoking as much as possible for 48 hours.
General: The post-surgical period is generally uneventful and relatively comfortable. Do not exert yourself for the first few days and follow the instructions above and you should find that any post surgical problems will most likely be minimal.