After Care Instructions

After Care Instructions

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EXTRACTIONS

1. Gently bite on gauze for 30 minutes to stop any bleeding.  If bleeding continues, place another gauze and continue to apply light pressure.  (If you run out of gauze you can use a tea bag.)

2. For at least 24 hours DO NOT:

smoke

drink through a straw

drink alcohol, carbonated beverages (“pop”), or hot liquids

blow your nose

spit excessively

Any of these things may cause the blood clot over the surgery site to dislodge from the “socket”, causing a “dry socket” and resulting in unnecessary pain.  (Should this happen, call the office to see the doctor as soon as possible.)

3. For swelling you may use an ice pack for the first 24 hours and then apply heat after that.

4. Do maintain a soft diet for the remainder of the day  – such as warm soup, ice cream, milk shakes (remember NO straws), mashed potatoes, etc.  Avoid foods that are too crunchy, hot in tast or temperature for a couple of days after extraction.

5. If your pain, discomfort,  or bleeding continues or worsens, call the office for a re-examination.  If you bite does not feel right please call us so that we can adjust it.

6. If you were given medications, take them according to the instructions.  If you have pain medications at home, you may take them according to the instructions.

7. 24 Hours after extraction may begin rinsing gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water) every four (4) hours for two (2) days.

8. If any problems or questions do arise, please feel free to cal the office at 870-793-7520.

CROWNS or BRIDGES

1. Chewing: Do not chew hard or sticky foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented – to attain optimum strength, the cement must mature for approximately 24 hours.

2. Sensitivity: Don’t worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods.  This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few weeks.  Infrequently, sensitivity lasts longer than six weeks.  Please notify us if this occurs.

3. Preventative Procedures: To provide optimum longevity for your restorations and to prevent future dental decay and supporting tissue breakdown, please use the following preventive procedures:

A. Brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.

B. Use a fluoride rinse or gel

4. Recalls: The most significant reason for prosthesis is inadequate return for examination.  Visit us at regular 6 month examination periods.  Often problems that are developing around the restorations can be found at an early stage and corrected easily.  Waiting for a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration.

5. Problems: Call us immediately if any one of these conditions occurs:

A. A feeling of movement or looseness in the retoration.

B. Sensitivity to sweet foods, or hot or cold temperatures.

C. A peculiar taste from restoration site.

D. Breakage of a piece of material from the restoration.

E. Sensitivity to pressure.

TEMPORARY CROWNS or BRIDGES

The temporary crown is only to serve your needs while a permanent crown is being made for you.

1. Color: The color of the plastic temporary crown does not resemble the final (permanent) crown.

2. Shape and Size: Temporary crowns are custom-made for each patient, but they will not, in any way, resemble the final crown, which is being made especially for you.

3. Tooth Sensitivity: Your temporary crown will help protect the sensitivity of the prepared tooth.  However, it does not fit your mouth like the permanent crown will, so you may notice sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets – sensations you won’t feel when your specially-made crown is in place.

4. The temporary crown requires about 30 minutes to set.  Please do not chew during that time.

5. Certain foods will stick to the temporary crown.  Please refrain from chewing gum, candies or foods that might stick to the crown or even pull it out.

6. Temporary crowns are not strong they may occasionally break or come off.  If this should happen to you, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace it.  Should you be unable to contact us, simply go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent.  Replace the temporary crown on your tooth using the Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us.

7. Please do not leave the temporary crown out of your mouth.  Without the temporary crown, your teeth may move and then the permanent crown will likely not fit.

8. Do not brush or floss to vigorously or use a toothpick around your temporary crown.  Remember that it is important to keep the area clean but use caution.

9. It is imperative that you return to our office at the appointed time for your permanent crown.  Failure to do so may result in the need to re-prepare the tooth and re-make the crown at your cost.

DENTURES

We have done out best to provide you will well-fitted, functional, and aesthetically pleasing dentures.  We feel confident that after a few weeks of adjustment you will enjoy years of satisfaction and use.  In the meantime, the following information you need to know.

1. Your First Few Weeks: New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth.  Deveral days or even a few weeks will be required for you to feel accustomed to them.

2. Sore Spots: Your mouth will most likely have a few sore spots about 24 hours after you first put your new dentures in.  An initial readjustment appointment should be made, and another appointment about seven days later will usually eliminate any other sore areas.

3. Chewing: The new “bite” or occlusion will not feel comfortable for a period of days.  We will adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after 24 hours and again in about 1 week after the dentures have “settled” into place.

4. Upper vs. Lower Dentures: Your upper denture will rest comfortably in place with moderate-to-strong “suction”.  Although your lower denture will have good stability, it is infrequent that “suction” can be expected on a lower denture.

5. Cleaning the Dentures and Your Mouth: Your dentures can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and toothpaste.  Denture soaks are also useful for the denture.  Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them.  You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night, depending on your preference.  If they are out of your mouth, leave them soaking in a water-and-mouthwash solution.

6. The Future: Your jawbones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing.  This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures.  Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissue evaluated by us 1 time per year.  We will inform you when relining or rebasing of the dentures is necessary.  Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease.  Even dentures that “fit” comfortably need to be checked along with your tissue.

PARTIALS

We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional and aesthetically pleasing partial dentures.  We feel confident that after a few weeks of adjustments you will enjoy years of satisfaction and use.  In the meantime, the following will be important information.

1. Your First Few Weeks: New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth.  Several days or even a few weeks will be required for you to become accustomed to them.

2. Sore Spots: Your mouth will most likely have a few sore spots about 24 hours after you first put your new partial dentures in.  An initial readjustment appointment should be made and another appointment, about 7 days later, will usually eliminate any other sore areas.

3. Chewing: The new “bite” or occlusion will not feel comfortable for a period of days.  We will adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after 24 hours and again in about 1 week after the dentures have “settled” into place.

4. Cleaning the Dentures and Your Mouth: Your partial can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and toothpaste.  Use special care to clean parts of the parital that contact any natural teeth.  Both the partial and the natural teeth MUST be kept very clean on a daily basis to reduce the chance of new dental decay (cavities) starting.  Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Denture soaks are also useful for the denture.  Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them. You may leave the dentures in or out of your mouth at night depending on your preference.  If they are out of your mouth leave them soaking in a water and mouthwash solution.  DO NOT use bleach as it will corrode the medtal on the appliance.

5. The Future: Your jawbones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing.  This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures.  Because of this shrinkage you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us at least every 6 months. We will inform you when relining or rebasing of the dentures as necessary.  Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral diesase.