A new bite requires an adjustment period. It will take several days for you to grow accustomed to the new position of your teeth. This is normal, but if you have prolonged problems, like “high spots” please call the office to schedule an adjustment appointment at 812-476-9281.
While adjusting to your new bite, you will likely experience sensitivity to hot and cold. You can expect your teeth to be sensitive while they heal.
It usually takes two to three appointments to complete Crown and Bridgework. The process begins on your first appointment in which:
Following a tooth extraction, a blood clot will form at the extraction site. This is important because the clot helps stop the bleeding and aids healing. For 30-45 minutes after your appointment, please bite on a sterile gauze pad to help encourage clotting.
Hopefully, that will be sufficient to end the bleeding, but if bleeding persists it may be necessary to repeat the “gauze biting” procedure one or more times.
Once the clot forms, you do not want to do anything that will cause it to become dislodged or to dissolve. For 72 hours after the procedure, please refrain from the following:
After the procedure, numbness from the dental anesthesia will linger in the lips, tongue and roof of the mouth. This numbness creates a risk that you may bite or burn yourself. There is also the risk of gagging while swallowing. You’re advised to not drink hot fluids or eat until the numbness has worn off completely.
After your appointment, you can expect to experience some sensitivity to hot, cold or pressure. You may also feel some soreness at the sites of injection. To alleviate soreness use one tablet of Ibuprofen (Motrin®), Tylenol® or aspirin every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. Please call 812-476-9281 if you continue to experience sensitivity to pressure or if your sensitivity to hot or cold increases.
Your composite will be fully set by the time you leave your appointment. Once the numbness wears off, you’re free to chew with your new composite filling. If you continue to experience pain when chewing or if you notice unevenness in your bite, please call 812-476-9281.