Following your filling appointment if an anesthetic has
been used, your lips, tongue and cheek may be numb for
several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing and hot
beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It
is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you
It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Over the counter Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Tylenol work well to alleviate the tenderness. Once the numbness is completely worn off, if you feel that the filling is too high and the other teeth do not touch, contact our office for an adjustment.
You may chew with your composite (tooth colored) fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office. If you chose the silver fillings do not eat on that side for at least one hour since silver fillings take longer harden.
Crowns and Bridges are usually completed in two
appointments. Following anesthesia the teeth are prepared
for a permanent bridge/crown and an impression is taken.
Then a temporary bridge or crown is placed on the teeth
for protection. The size, shape, and color of the
temporary do not resemble the final restoration. A
temporary bridge or crown is easily removed; therefore
care must be taken not to dislodge it before your
permanent restoration is placed.
Do not chew sticky foods such as caramel or chewing gum. Only floss if instructed to do so and pull out the floss laterally rather than towards the biting surface of the teeth. If your temporary bridge /crown comes off, you can place some Fixodent (available at any pharmacy) inside it and put it back on, then call our office to recement it. Do not leave your temporary off, even if you have no discomfort. Without a temporary bridge to hold your teeth in place, your teeth can move causing your new bridge not to fit. If that occurs, a new restoration will need to be fabricated and increase costs. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
Your gums may be sore. Warm salt water rinses will speed healing. You may have sensitivity to hot or cold. This is common and normal since the temporary is not an accurate fit of the prepared teeth. If you feel like you are biting first or harder on your temporary or permanent bridge, call us for an adjustment or you will develop a sore tooth.
Be sure to brush and floss your new bridge. With a bridge, you will need special floss threaded or other aids to reach and clean all areas properly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office. Your comfort is our priority!
Veneer preparation involves the removal of a small amount
of tooth structure. An impression is taken & sent to the
lab to fabricate the custom veneers. During this time your
Dentist may place temporary veneers on your teeth,
Temporary Veneers are made of either acrylic or composite
material. They are very fragile and are attached to the
underlying tooth structure with temporary cement and can
be easily dislodged.
If a veneer comes off, call us to have it replaced. If you are in a situation that will not allow you to come in, place the temporary back in place with some Fixodent™ (denture adhesive) till you can come in. The size, shape, and color of the temporary does not resemble the final veneer.
Temporary veneers may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure or sweets is not uncommon. Temporary veneers also stain very easily. Avoid heavy brushing of the temporaries and do not floss between them because you may pull them off.
Your permanent porcelain veneers will be as close to the natural teeth as possible. Your Dentist may even send you for custom shading to closely duplicate your adjoining natural teeth.
Permanent porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth. As with natural teeth; avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the veneered teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the porcelain material can break under extreme forces.
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month (minimal) cleanings are essential to the long-term stability and appearance of your veneers. If not your gums may recede reveal the underlying discolored tooth structure requiring replacement of your veneers.
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