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Postop instructions

Home/Postop instructions
[tabset tab1=”Composite (White) Fillings” tab2=”Crowns and Bridges” tab3=”Dentures and Partials” tab4=”Extractions”  tab5=”Root Canal Therapy” tab6=”Braces”] [tab]Do not eat or chew anything until the numbness has completely worn off.
It is very easy to injure your lip or tongue while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold or pressure sensitivity
after your composite is finished. The injection site may also be sore.
Tylenol, Ibuprofen or aspirin will work well to alleviate the tenderness.

It is important that your bite is correctly balanced. If you feel that your
bite is not correctly balanced, please call the office to schedule an
appointment at no charge for a simple adjustment.[/fusion_old_tab] [tab]Although the temporary crown is strong, please do not chew on hard
or sticky foods, in order to avoid pulling off or breaking the temporary.

Be careful when flossing around the temporary crown. Insert floss
normally and remove floss by pulling straight out. Do not pull the
floss back up through the contact point because this could pull off
the temporary crown. Continue with your normal brushing.

If the temporary crown comes off, retrieve and save the temporary,
if possible. Please call the office immediately to schedule a time,
so we can fix or replace it, at no additional charge. No harm will be
done to the tooth, if the temporary is not in place for a couple of days, although the tooth may be sensitive. We need to fix the temporary within two or three days, because, without the temporary, the other teeth can shift and the final restoration may not fit.

Temporary restorations do not seal the tooth as well as the permanent
restoration will. Sensitivity, gum soreness or slight discomfort is not
uncommon. If you feel that your bite is incorrect, please call the office
for a simple adjustment. Take Tylenol, Ibuprofen or aspirin for discomfort.

Please call the office if you have any questions. [/fusion_old_tab] [tab]Dentures and partials require regular care and good oral hygiene.

Rinse your appliance under running water, to remove any food particles,
after every meal. Use an approved denture cleaner every day, and be sure
to rinse your appliance after soaking it in the cleaning solution. Keep your
appliance in the case, in water, when it is not being worn, to keep it hydrated.

Handling a denture requires care. It’s a good idea to stand over a folded
towel, or a sink filled with water, in case you accidentally drop the denture.
Your new appliance might need some adjustment after you have worn
it for 24 hours. This is normal, and can be done in a small amount of time
at the office, at no charge. Do not attempt to adjust your denture yourself!
Please call the office so we can adjust it for you as soon as possible.

For the first few weeks, your new denture may feel awkward or bulky.
However, you will soon become accustomed to wearing it.
Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice.
We recommend that you take your denture out at night when you sleep.
Replacing your missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant
experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces.
Remember to brush your natural teeth and gums regularly
as directed by Dr. Johnston.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please call the office.[/fusion_old_tab] [tab]After a tooth extraction, it is important to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. This is why we ask you to bite, with gentle pressure, on the gauze pad on the extraction site for 45 minutes after your appointment.

If the bleeding continues, new gauze, slightly dampened with water,
should be held in place for another 30 minutes. If this fails to stop the bleeding, a cool moistened teabag can be placed for another 30 minutes.
PLEASE refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol for 24 hours after your extraction. This is very important to promote healing.

Apply ice (or an unopened bag of frozen peas or frozen corn) for the first
24 hours (30 minutes on, then 30 minutes off) to help reduce any swelling and relieve discomfort.

Keep your head elevated when relaxing, to reduce the chance of swelling. Limit vigorous exercise for 24 hours.

Take care that you do not bite on the numb side of your lip or tongue.
Do not attempt to eat until all numbness is gone.
After 24 hours begin rinsing with plain, room temperature water,
after meals. You may resume normal brushing the next day,
avoiding the extraction site.
Do not suck on a straw, and avoid hard, crunchy foods like nuts
and chips for 72 hours.
If pain medication or antibiotics have been prescribed, take the
medication according to directions.
Please call the office if you have any questions.[/fusion_old_tab] [tab]

The healing process may take a few days and any minor discomfort
will subside gradually. You may experience moderate sensitivity
to pressure. Your gum near the treated tooth may feel sore
for a few days after treatment.

Take any medications that we have prescribed for you according
to instructions.

Please wait till the numbness is gone before attempting to eat
or chew anything.

Continue brushing and flossing.

A temporary filling has been placed on your tooth.

Please do not bite down on the tooth for at least one hour.

The temporary filling must be replaced within 2-6 weeks.

Please follow up with the placement of your permanent
restoration as you have been instructed. An extended delay placing
the final restoration may cause permanent damage to your tooth.

Please call the office if you are experience pain or swelling
or if you have any questions.[/fusion_old_tab] [tab]Do not eat or chew anything until the numbness has completely worn off.
It is very easy to injure your lip or tongue while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold or pressure sensitivity
after your composite is finished. The injection site may also be sore.
Tylenol, Ibuprofen or aspirin will work well to alleviate the tenderness.

It is important that your bite is correctly balanced. If you feel that your
bite is not correctly balanced, please call the office to schedule an
appointment at no charge for a simple adjustment.[/fusion_old_tab] [/tabset]