Home Care Instructions for Dental Procedures
Dental care starts at home. After your dental procedures, our dentists at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry will provide you with a list of important care instructions to ensure that your teeth and gums heal, that your bite is improved, and that you are able to avoid any setbacks.
Always listen to the direction of our dentists, as an individual’s mouth and needs may differ depending on factors like age, procedure completed, bite, lifestyle habits, and more. Below, you’ll find some generic instructions about home care for each procedure, but please remember to take the recommendations your dentist provides you and call Folsom Office Phone Number 916-983-6051) if you have any questions.
Home Care After Dental Cleaning
After your dental cleaning, your home care should only consist of basic dental hygiene practices. It’s important that you brush twice a day, and floss once per day. If you have some very light bleeding after your cleaning, your gums may simply have had a bit of inflammation. The bleeding should subside quickly, and the more you care for your teeth, the less likely it will come back.
Home Care After Cosmetic Restoration
If you have recently completed some type of cosmetic restoration, remember that it is normal to feel as though your bite is off for a few days – possible even a week or more. Your brain has to adjust to the new bite. But your mind will adjust. It simply has to recognize that the new bite is normal. Similarly, as your mind gets used to the changes in your mouth, it may also feel a bit less comfortable to speak. After a while, this too will pass.
If you experience mild pain or soreness, you can try a salt water rinse or an over the counter pain medication. You may want to try Tylenol instead of an NSAID pain reliever, like Advil, until you talk to your doctor.
You may also experience some hot and cold sensitivity. Depending on the procedure performed, you teeth and gums may be a bit inflamed, and this can make them more sensitive to hot or cold sensations. As always, this is normal.
Additional tips include:
- Daily Dental Hygiene – Dental hygiene remains critical, but it is even more important after cosmetic dental care. Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and ensure that your new cosmetic changes remain undamaged.
- Avoid Very Hard Foods – Unless instructed by your dentist, avoid any very hard foods that could interfere with the healing process. Examples include beer nuts and ice. You should also consider avoiding any hard sticky candies until your dentist confirms they are safe.
- Consider a Mouthguard – If you are active in any sports, you may also want to consider a mouth guard to help keep your smile protected as it heals.
Most cosmetic dental work heals very quickly – some may even be ready to go the same day. But you should still take proper care to ensure your smile is protected. Call us at any time if you have any questions.
Home Care After Crowns and Bridges
Home care after crowns and bridges is similar to any cosmetic procedure. However, the first thing to watch out for is a loss of the temporary crown or bridge. These temporary devices can come out, especially if you eat the wrong foods or chew too hard. If at any time the crown comes out, call us right away at Folsom Office Phone Number 916-983-6051. It’s critical to the health of your teeth that we address the situation as quickly as possible. Make sure you avoid any foods that may knock out the temporary crown/bridge, including:
- Sticky Candies
- Hard Foods
You should also avoid sucking through a straw for a few days, to ensure that the cement is given time to heal. If possible, avoid chewing on that side of the mouth if you can.
You may also want to consider skipping out on flossing while the temporary is in place, since flossing can, in theory, pull out the temporary crown. It’s best to ask our dentists to see if it’s okay in this situation.
For permanent crowns, fewer care tips are necessary. For the first 24 hours after the crown is in place, it is best to avoid hard chewing, sticky candies, and possibly any athletic activities that could cause you to get hit in your mouth (no boxing, for example). After 24 hours, your crown is usually good to go, and needs to be cared for like any other tooth.
Home Care After Tooth Extraction
Right after a tooth is pulled out, a blood clot forms right in the spot of the extracted tooth. This blood clot is critical for painless healing. It’s the reason that you are instructed to bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes to an hour.
Most home care after a tooth extraction is related to avoiding any behaviors that could interfere with the blood clot, because if the blood clot falls out, it can be very painful. That is why you will be instructed to avoid the following:
- Sucking on straws.
- Heavy rinsing/spitting.
You will also be instructed to avoid brushing the extraction site for about 3 to 4 days to make sure that the clot is not disturbed.
In addition, try to avoid any activities that may increase your blood pressure, like running and working out, as that pressure could also lead to the blood clot falling out.
Swelling can be controlled with an ice pack. Only take pain medications recommended by your dentist.
Home Care After Fillings
Composite fillings do not usually require much additional home care. If you were numbed for the procedure, allow the numbing to wear off before you eat anything that is hard to chew or drink any hot liquids. Sensitivity is also a common side effect of fillings, so don’t be too concerned if you have some sensitivity to cold, hot, or pressure after the procedure has taken place.
Contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry With Any Questions
Your own home care needs may differ depending on the procedure performed. Always check with your dentist, and if you’re not clear about what you need to do to care for your teeth, please call us today at Folsom Office Phone Number 916-983-6051.