Post Crown and Bridge Appointments
A crown or bridge will usually take two to three appointments to complete. At the first visit the teeth are prepared and necessary impressions will be taken. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made.
Occasionally, a temporary crown may fall off. Call us if this happens. You will need to bring the temporary crown into the office so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving. Loss of a temporary may compromise the fit of your final restoration.
To keep your temporaries in place, please avoid eating sticky foods, and avoid hard foods if possible, chew on the other side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally. When flossing don’t pull up on the floss, it may dislodge the temporary. Pull the floss out from the side of the temporary.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside after a few days, possibly a few weeks after placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.
Post Tooth Extraction
After your extraction, its important for a blood clot to form, this will stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. You are given a gauze pad to bite on for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding still persists, place a dampened gauze pad and bite down for another 30 minutes. If you continue to have bleeding after this please call the office.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it is necessary for healing. Do not swish/rinse, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and impede the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Apply an ice pack to the area to keep the swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Pain medication should be used as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink plenty of fluids and soft foods on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, such as brushing and flossing twice a day, continue to avoid the extraction site for 72 hours.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please call our office immediately.
Post Root Canal
A root canal usually takes one to three appointments to complete. You may feel some sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure during the course of treatment. The injection sites may also be sore. Typically, Ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used according to the manufacturers’ instructions to alleviate any discomfort. For some it may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics and/or additional types of pain medication depending on each patient’s condition. Any discomfort you initially feel should resolve completely within a week.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at your earliest convenience.
Post Implant Placement
Implant Placement usually takes one appointment, with a follow-up appointment after one week. Due to the nature of human bone, which is compromised of very few nerve fibers, implant placement/ microsurgery usually results in very slight discomfort. Some patients indicate a feeling of slight pressure that lasts a matter of hours, yet most are pain-free before, during, and after the procedure.
Any occurring post-procedure discomfort can be relieved by common pain medications. Ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Also, if a patient feels pressure or slight fullness/swelling an ice pack/cold compress can be placed on the skin around the area of the implant placement, using a sequence of 20 minutes on/20 minutes off for up to 48 hours or until the fullness subsides. In some cases, an antibiotic and/or pain medication will be prescribed.
Of course, at any time if there are any questions or concerns please contact our office at your earliest convenience.