Advances Smiles | Best Dentist Frisco, Texas
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Post-Op Instructions for Patients

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Crown, Bridge, Inlay/Onlay

PrepARATION

  • If you have been given an anesthetic in order to prepare the tooth (teeth), it should wear off in a couple of hours. Please be careful not to chew on the tooth (teeth) until it wears off. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until you have complete sensation once again.
  • Following the first appointment for a crown or bridge procedure, a provisional temporary is usually placed on the tooth or teeth involved. This will protect them while the custom restoration is being made.
  • A temporary tooth-colored restoration has been placed to protect the tooth (teeth) while your new restoration is being made. Avoid heavy chewing, sticky foods, and flossing while wearing your temporary. If it does come off before your next appointment, simply pop it back in and call our office immediately.
  • The use of temporary cement is for easy removal on your next appointment. If your temporary comes off between appointments, if possible, slip it back on and call us for an appointment.
  • Many crowns fit below the gum line, so you may experience some discomfort for a few days due to the irritation of that area during the procedures. Sensitivity to cold or pressure is also possible.
  • After the anesthetic wears off, it may take a few days to get used to the provisional temporary crown or bridge. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, be sure to call our office immediately for a simple adjustment.
  • If you notice anything out of the ordinary or have any questions/concern, please feel free to call us. We care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
  • Proper care includes BRUSHING and FLOSSING a minimum of twice daily. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration, but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.
 

SEAT

  • The cement is already set and the Crown, Veneer, Inlay/Onlay or Bridge is ready for immediate use.
  • You may experience some minor discomfort for the first few days following your treatment. This should diminish gradually over time.
  • If you have been given an anesthetic, this should wear off in a few hours. Please be careful not to bite your cheek and tongue. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until the anesthetic has completely worn off.
  • The bite should feel normal when the anesthetic wears off. If sensitivity to hot, cold or biting pressure persists longer than one week, please call our office for a follow-up evaluation and/or simple adjustment.
  • The tooth will look natural in color, so you may not be able to notice the restoration.
  • Do not chew any extremely hard or crunchy foods with your new restoration. Do not bite anything with your teeth that can damage them (such as fingernails, paper clips, pens, etc…)
  • We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. If you have had a periodontal (gum disease) problem in the past, you should see us a minimum of four times a year.
  • Proper care includes BRUSHING and FLOSSING a minimum of twice daily. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

Congratulations! You are on your way to receiving the most advanced cosmetic crown, bridge, inlay/onlay, or veneer available today.  We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are, and it is a privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at (972)668-3680 if you have any questions regarding your surgery or healing. At Advanced Smiles, we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.


Periodontal Treatment

You must continue to maintain a plaque-free environment for your teeth and gums in order to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

  • Rinse with doctor recommended solution twice daily for 7 days. Discontinue if staining develops.
  • Rinse with warm salt water for 60 seconds 2-3 times per day. (1 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces water)
  • Take over-the-counter Tylenol or Advil as needed for discomfort.
  • Brush with sensitivity toothpaste twice daily to decrease tooth sensitivity. (Ex: Sensodyne, Colgate Sensitive, Crest Sensi-Relief.)
  • Brush in a gentle circular motion all around the gumline for two minutes with a soft toothbrush at least twice daily.
  • Floss and/or Waterpik once daily.

Periodontal disease can recur.  Maintenance appointments are essential to maintaining your gums in a healthy state.

Congratulations! You have received the most advanced, state of the art periodontal treatment available today.  We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is a privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at (972)668-3680 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment.


Root Canal

Root Canal therapy can take 1, 2 or 3 appointments depending on each case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any one of these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling.

  • It is difficult to predict which symptoms, if any, you may experience and to what extent. In complicated cases, antibiotics and pain medication may be necessary.
  • A temporary filling may be used to seal the tooth between visits. This material may chip away before you return; if this is uncomfortable for you call our office and we will replace it.
  • Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.
  • During root canal therapy the nerve, blood and nutrient supply to the tooth is removed. This will cause the tooth to become brittle and prone to fracture. A crown or an onlay will be needed to prevent this from happening.

Congratulations! You are well on your way to better dental health by electing to have Root Canal therapy. We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is a privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at (972)668-3680 if you have any questions regarding your surgery or healing. At Advanced Smiles, we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.


Tooth Removal

  • BLEEDING: Following tooth removal some bleeding is to be expected. If you are biting on gauze, continue biting for 30 minutes following removal. If bleeding persists, place fresh gauze pads over the area and bite down firmly for another 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary, you may want to sleep with an old pillowcase due to light bleeding.
  • SMOKING: Do not smoke for a minimum of 24 hours following removal. Tobacco contains bacteria that can infect the healing site and puffing on the cigarette can dislodge the blood clot.
  • DO NOT RINSE MOUTH TODAY: You may drink liquids as usual but, do not rinse and spit as this may dislodge the blood clot in the healing site. Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using ¼ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
  • SWELLING: An ice bag of chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the operated area – 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off – for 4 to 5 hours.
  • PAIN: For mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If your surgery was extensive, a prescribed pain medication should be taken as instructed.
  • FOOD: A soft, light diet is recommended during the first 24 hours, also nothing containing small pieces that can pack in the surgical area. Do not drink carbonated beverages or suck from a straw for the first 24 hours because it can dislodge the blood clot.
  • BONY EDGES: Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if they are annoying please return to the office for their simple removal.
  • SUTURES: If sutures have been placed an appointment will be made for removal if needed. Most sutures used in our office are dissolvable.
  • MEDICATION: If a prescription has been given, please take the proper doses of medication as instructed.
  • HYGIENE: Proper oral hygiene will speed the healing process and diminish sensitivity. The first few days following surgery be careful not to dislodge any sutures by using light pressure when brushing and flossing. Usually 2 to 4 days following treatment you should be able to resume your normal routine.
  • Remember your body is in a healing phase and will need time to return to normal. If any unusual symptoms occur, please notify us at once.

It is our privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at (972)668-3680 if you have any questions regarding your surgery or healing. At Advanced Smiles, we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.