Post Procedure Home Care

Post Procedure Home Care

Following Cosmetic Reconstruction

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.

  • To reduce swelling and associated pain, use a rinse of warm salt water (one cup of warm water with a teaspoon of dissolved salt). Use this solution three times per day.
  • An over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol® or Ibuprofen® can ease discomfort. Use one tablet every 3-4 hours.

For the first week you may notice some speech related issues as your brain adapts to the new size and shape of your teeth. It’s normal if you notice any of the following:
  • Affected speech
  • An increase in salivation

To ensure your new smile is a shining success, it’s important that you remove plaque daily and schedule regular cleaning appointments. Be sure to brush and floss daily.

Be mindful that foods that harm natural teeth can also damage your new teeth. Avoid foods that chip or crack teeth or that are particularly sticky, such as:
  • Ice
  • Fingernails
  • Peanut brittle
  • Beer nuts
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Nuts that might have pieces of shells in them
  • Beer nuts
  • Taffy or other sticky candies

Your new dental work is just as apt to stain as your natural teeth, so be sure to avoid or minimize staining foods, beverages and other activities like:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Smoking

We will provide you with a night mouth guard if you are prone to grinding you teeth during sleep. We can also make a custom mouth guard for you if you play sports. Please let us know if you would to have one made.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions if you have problems or concerns during the healing process. It will take some time for you to adjust to the feel of your new smile.

Following Crown and Bridge Procedures

It usually takes two to three appointments to complete Crown and Bridgework. The process begins on your first appointment in which:

  • Teeth are prepared, and
  • Molds are taken of your mouth
  • You’ll receive temporary bridges or crowns while your custom work is being performed.

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.

Should your temporary crown become loose of come off, please call us immediately at 812-476-9281. You’ll need to bring the temporary crown so we can cement it back in place. The temporary crown not only protects your prepared tooth and gums, but it also prevents your teeth from shifting and changing the fit of your permanent crown.

Preventing your temporary crown from becoming loose requires a proactive approach on your part.
  • Do your best to avoid chewing on the same side of your mouth as the crown.
  • Don’t eat food that are sticky. Things like gum and taffy should be avoided.
  • Refrain from eating hard foods like nuts, hard candy or things that have hard pieces in them like kernels in popcorn.

It’s important to keep your crown clean, so it’s recommended that you brush and floss carefully. When flossing, be sure to pull the floss out from between your teeth rather than up because the upward pull may dislodge the crown.

Please call us at 812-476-9281 if you experience continued pain, if the bite feels too high or if you have any other concerns.

FOLLOWING TOOTH EXTRACTION

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:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Sucking through straws
  • Smoking
  • Rinsing or swishing vigorously
  • Brushing teeth adjacent to the extraction site

After the extraction, you may experience some pain and swelling. Dr. David Hubert or Dr. Adam Hubert will prescribe any required pain medication which you should fill and process as soon as possible after your appointment. To help reduce swelling, you may apply an ice pack or something similar like an unopened bag of frozen corn or frozen peas. You can expect the swelling to subside in about 48 hours.

If you are prescribed pain medication, use it as directed. If you continue to experience pain, call 812-476-9281.

If you’ve been given a prescription for antibiotics, be sure to take each one as scheduled and continue to take all that have been prescribed. Do not stop taking them even if you no longer perceive symptoms or signs of infection.

Drink plenty of fluids and eat food that is soft but nutritious for 24 hours after the extraction. When you begin to feel comfortable with doing so, you may eat normally.

You should start brushing and flossing your teeth a minimum of once a day within 24 hours of the procedure. Keeping your mouth clean and fresh will help speed healing. You can expect to feel fine after a few days and can then resume your regular routine.

Call our office immediately at 812-476-9281 if you experience
  • continued swelling,
  • severe pain,
  • excessive bleeding or
  • a reaction to your medicine.

FOLLOWING COMPOSITE (White) FILINGS

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.