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Home Care Instructions

  

Temporary Crown / Bridge
Veneer / Crown / Bridge Reconstruction
Complete and Partial Dentures
Dentures With A Soft or Temporary Lining
VALPLAST Flexible Dentures


Dental Extractions
Dental Implant Surgery
Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy 
Oral Conscious Sedation

 

 Home Care Instructions for your Temporary Crown / Bridge

  1. Keep the area very clean by brushing gently with a soft toothbrush.
  2. Floss toward the gums and slide the floss out. DO NOT pull the floss up and down as the temporary may ‘pop’ off.
  3. Clean and floss under the temporary bridge with floss-threaders. These can be purchased at your local pharmacy.
  4. Rinsing with Listerine twice daily is highly recommended.
  5. DO NOT eat sticky food such as gum, taffy, caramels, etc., as the temporary is cemented with temporary cement. Avoid hard foods such as peanuts, etc., as the temporary may break.
  6. Should the temporary come off, call the office to have it re-cemented. It should NOT be left off for an extended period of time.

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Home Care Instructions Following Veneer / Crown / Bridge Reconstruction

Depending on the extent of your rehabilitation, from a single tooth to full mouth, it will take a few days to adjust to the feel of your new bite and smile. When the teeth and/or bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it usually takes a few days for the brain to recognize the new thickness or position as the new normal.
During the initial adjustment period, you may experience the following:

  1. Altered speech
  2. An increase in salivation
  3. Hot/cold sensitivity
  4. Sore or irritated gums

You will quickly adapt to the treatment and these should all return to normal within a few days. To help with the above, refer to the following:

  1. You may rinse with warm salt water 3-4 times a day to help reduce the gingival (gum) discomfort and/or swelling.
  2. Sensodyne toothpaste may be used to help reduce tooth sensitivity.
  3. If you detect any high spots or problems with your bite, don’t hesitate to call for an adjustment.
  4. Control pain using non-aspirin medication such as Motrin or Extra Strength Tylenol and refer to the product label for directions.

The restorations placed are subject to the same wear and tear as your natural teeth and care must be utilized to protect them and ensure many years of success. Always follow your dentist’s instructions and refer to the following to aid in minimizing any complications:

  1. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new dental restorations. Brushing, flossing, and using a mouth rinse are a must to help maintain your new smile.
  2. Keep all recommended follow-up appointments as well as regular check-up/cleaning appointments.
  3. Any food that can crack, chip, or damage your natural teeth can also damage your new teeth. Avoid overly hard foods as well as sticky candies.
  4. Foods such as coffee, tea, and red wine as well as smoking can stain your natural teeth as well as your new restorations.
  5. A mouth or night guard may have been recommended to help protect your new smile, especially if you grind or clench your teeth. Wear as directed. 

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Home Care Instructions for Your Complete and Partial Dentures

REMEMBER DO NOT MAKE ADJUSTMENTS OR REPAIRS YOURSELF

The initial few weeks of denture wearing can sometimes be challenging as you adjust to them. Initially, you may experience some difficulty with chewing and speech until you get used to them. You may also need some adhesive to help hold them in place better. You may want to experiment with the different brands or amounts of adhesive to see which works best for you. To remove your dentures, you may try various finger positions to dislodge them. You can try pulling only the left or right side of the denture. To remove the upper denture, you can try placing your thumb against the front teeth and pressing upward toward your nose. To remove the lower denture, slowly pull on the denture while applying a rocking motion. Partial dentures may be removed by engaging the acrylic with your nails and gently rocking them out. Soon you will be able to place and remove your denture without even thinking about it as it will eventually become second nature to you.
The material that your dentures/partial’s are made from has microscopic holes that can collect food debris and /or bacteria.  Dentures can become unhygienic because they are in your mouth on a daily basis and sometimes worn 24/hour/day.  To help minimize this and prolong the life of your dentures, it is essential that you:

  1. Rinse your mouth after each meal to decrease irritation from food debris.
  2. Remove your dentures/partials when you rinse with mouthwash.
  3. Rinse your dentures/partials after every meal to remove food debris.
  4. Clean your denture/partials thoroughly twice a day with a denture brush (this came with your denture kit) and a non-abrasive denture cleanser to help reduce staining, bad breath, and irritation. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for denture care. 
  5. You may soak your dentures/partials in warm water or a denture cleaner until tarter can be brushed or washed away.
  6. If you wear a partial denture make sure to clean the area around the clasps, as trapped food particles and bacteria may cause the abutment teeth to be more susceptible to decay.
  7. Don't use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners, Listerine, etc. as they may breakdown or scratch the surface of the denture. Harsh products like bleach will turn the pink parts of your denture white.
  8. Do not use boiling water, the dishwasher, or the microwave to clean or soak your dentures because it will warp them.
  9. Dentures are fragile, so it is important to handle with care.
  10. Do not wear your dentures/partials at night. The gum tissue needs to rest and allow for normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva in order to promote better long term health of your gums.
  11. Massage your gums in the morning and evening with a thumb or finger to stimulate them and keep them firm.
  12. You may leave the dentures/partials out whenever you like as long as you are able to keep them wet or moist. After cleaning them, wrap them in a wet paper towel, or store them in your denture case with a little water. Do not let them dry out.
  13. You may bleach your denture brush in a mix of 50% water/50% bleach solution once a week to clean it.
  14. To help inhibit fungal growth, you may soak your complete dentures in 50% vinegar/50% water solution or you may also place a small amount of Aloe Vera gel into your denture once a day. It does not taste all that great, but Aloe Vera is a pretty good antifungal. Do not place partials or dentures with soft liners in this solution as it will corrode/destroy the metal parts and soft lining material.
  15. Keep your appliances away from curious small children or pets.
  16. We offer Smile Again Concentrated Denture Cleaner for all your removable appliance needs.

When you first notice any signs of discomfort contact us at once. Please do not adjust your dentures/partials yourself as this may damage the appliance or the teeth holding the appliance in.

Immediate dentures will need to be evaluated on a more regular basis initially and may need to be re-lined several times as the gum tissue heals after the extractions. Please be sure to keep all your follow-up appointments.

It is recommended that you keep your regular periodic exams in order for us to examine your gum tissues for signs of disease, irritation, or cancer.  Please also bring your dentures/partials with you to every appointment. As you age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under the denture shrinks or recedes and wears away.  Loose dentures make it hard to eat and speak and do not support the face as well. Your dentures/partials may need to be adjusted or relined after some time to compensate for this. Also, a new denture/partial should be made about every 7 years or when they no longer fit well or cannot be used comfortably.

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Caring For Your Dentures With A Soft or Temporary Lining

  1. Soak your denture in a denture cleaning product, using only lukewarm, almost cool water. Hot water may damage the soft lining material.
  2. Soak denture in the cleaning solution for up to, but no longer than 30 minutes/day.
  3. During the first several days, use cotton balls to swab the liner.  After this, you may try using a soft bristled brush.
  4. Hot food and heavy chewing is not recommended for the first day.  Also, since the lining is soft, small materials like seeds may become embedded in the lining.
  5. Do not allow the lining to become dry. Keep your denture in water while it is out of your mouth.
  6. Please keep your regular dental appointments and remember to always bring your appliances with you for routine evaluation.
  7. Please also follow the appropriate recommended home care tips above.
  8. We offer Smile Again Concentrated Denture Cleaner for all your removable appliance needs.

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Caring for your VALPLAST Flexible Dentures

Valplast restorations, like your own teeth, require care and good oral hygiene.  To keep your Valplast appliance looking and feeling like new, please follow these simple directions:

  1. Clean your Valplast appliance regularly.
  2. Rinse your Valplast appliance under running water after eating to remove any food particles. A sonic denture cleaner may also be used.
  3. Don't use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners, Listerine, etc. as they may breakdown or scratch the surface of the denture. Harsh products like bleach will turn the pink parts of your denture white.
  4. Brushing your Valplast appliance is NOT recommended as this may remove the polish and roughen the surface over time.
  5. Keep your Valplast appliance in water whenever it is not being worn to keep the surface hydrated.
  6. Soak the appliance in denture cleaner for 10 – 15 minutes a day, or overnight at least three times a week if it collects heavy deposits of tartar. You may use Valplast’s Val-Clean® Concentrated Denture Cleaner.
  7. Do not use boiling water, the dishwasher, or the microwave to clean or soak your dentures because it will warp them.
  8. Remember to remove the appliance before brushing your natural teeth and gums or rinsing with mouthwash.
  9. Please keep your regular dental appointments and remember to always bring your appliances with you for routine evaluation.
  10. Please also follow the appropriate recommended home care tips above.
  11. We offer Smile Again Concentrated Denture Cleaner for all your removable appliance needs.

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Home Care Instructions Following Dental Extractions

It is normal to experience some bleeding, discomfort, minor swelling, and slight facial bruising at or near the extraction site following dental extractions as these are the result of the body’s natural reaction to surgery. Always follow your dentist’s instructions and refer to the following to aid in minimizing any post-surgical complications:

  1. Take/resume any regularly scheduled medications, vitamins, etc. as you normally would unless advised to do otherwise.
  2. Keep pressure at the extraction site(s) by biting on sterile gauze given to you following the procedure.
  3. Change the gauze every 30 minutes or as needed until the bleeding stops. If minor bleeding continues, you may soak the gauze in regular tea prior to biting on it. Often, there is slight oozing and when mixed with saliva, appears to be excessive. Do not be alarmed.
  4. AVOID SMOKING COMPLETELY as it tends to delay healing and increases the chance for infection.
  5. Beginning the day after and for 1 week following surgery, very gently rinse with warm salt water 3-4 times daily, especially after meals.
  6. Continue with your regular dental hygiene regimen, but be very careful when brushing near the extraction site(s). Avoid using a Water Pik during the initial 2 week healing period.
  7. Over the counter mouthwash may be resumed after 7 days.
  8. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and can be expected for 3-7 days depending on the nature and extent of the surgery. In case of swelling, ice packs may be applied in 10 minute intervals during the first 36-48 hours after surgery. After this, warm compresses may be used.
  9. Sleep with your head elevated slightly above your heart to help minimize any swelling. (Use 2 pillows).
  10. Begin a complete, but soft diet as soon as the numbness wears off. Be sure to eat the appropriate dietary requirements and drink plenty of fluids. A nutritious diet during the healing period is very important. Resume a regular diet as soon as you can.
  11. Avoid very hot, crunchy, or spicy foods/drinks for the first week of healing.
  12. Avoid foods and/or fruits which contain seeds, nuts, or kernels such as popcorn, peanuts, strawberries.
  13. Do NOT drink through a straw during the healing period as this may dislodge the blood clot and disrupt the healing process.
  14. Refrain from drinking carbonated beverages the first 24 hours after surgery.
  15. Control pain/inflammation using non-aspirin medication such as Motrin, Aleve, or Extra Strength Tylenol and refer to the product label for directions. For moderate to severe pain, the prescribed medications should be taken as directed.
  16. Be sure to take all prescribed medications as directed to include antibiotics to help prevent infection. Female patients need to be aware that antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
  17. Do not consume alcohol for several days after surgery as this may complicate healing. Also, alcohol is not advised while taking any medications.
  18. Avoid strenuous activities and keep exercise to a minimum during the first 5 days after surgery.
  19. Avoid all activities that require your full, alert attention while under the influence of any narcotic pain medication as they may cause drowsiness and impair your abilities. Do not drive, operate machinery, climb ladders, or make any important financial decisions until the medication has worn off.
  20. Sutures, if placed, will most likely dissolve on their own. Do NOT disturb these as they may fall out prematurely, possibly complicating the healing process.
  21. Please keep all recommended follow-up appointments to ensure the best result.
  22. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed or prescription medications, should severe swelling develop, or should you experience any unusual symptoms, please contact the office promptly.

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Home Care Instructions Following Dental Implant Surgery

It is normal to experience some minor bleeding, discomfort, swelling, and slight facial bruising at or near the implant site following dental implant surgery as these are the results of the body’s natural reaction to surgery. Always follow your dentist’s instructions and refer to the following to aid in minimizing any post-surgical complications:

  1. Take/resume any regularly scheduled medications, vitamins, etc. as you normally would unless advised to do otherwise.
  2. Do NOT disturb the surgical site or the implant(s) during initial healing period. The smallest amount of pressure/movement can disrupt or prevent the implant(s) from healing and integrating with the bone.
  3. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue. Do NOT disturb this. If a temporary tooth was placed on the implant at the same time as surgery, all biting contact with or without food should be completely avoided.
  4. AVOID SMOKING COMPLETELY as it tends to delay healing and increases the chance for infection.
  5. Beginning the day after and for 2 weeks following surgery, very gently rinse with prescription Chlorhexidine for 30 seconds twice daily; after breakfast and before bed. Avoid eating or drinking for 20 minutes after each application. Also, rinse gently with warm salt water 3-4 times daily for the first week after surgery, especially after meals.
  6. Continue with your regular dental hygiene regimen, but be very careful when brushing near the surgical area. Avoid using a Water Pik during the initial 2 week healing period.
  7. Over the counter mouthwash may be resumed after 7 days. Do NOT use this in place of the Chlorhexidine mouth rinse.
  8. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and can be expected for 3-7 days depending on the nature and extent of the surgery. In case of swelling, ice packs may be applied in 10 minute intervals during the first 36-48 hours after surgery. After this, warm compresses may be used.
  9. Sleep with your head elevated slightly above your heart to help minimize any swelling. (Use 2 pillows).
  10. Begin a complete, but soft diet as soon as the numbness wears off. Be sure to eat the appropriate dietary requirements and drink plenty of fluids. A nutritious diet during the healing period is very important. Resume a regular diet as soon as you can.
  11. Avoid very hot, crunchy, or spicy foods/drinks for the first week of healing.
  12. Avoid foods and/or fruits which contain seeds, nuts, or kernels such as popcorn, peanuts, strawberries.
  13. Do NOT drink through a straw during the healing period as this may dislodge the blood clot and disrupt the healing process.
  14. Refrain from drinking carbonated beverages the first 24 hours after surgery.
  15. Control pain/inflammation using non-aspirin medication such as Motrin, Aleve, or Extra Strength Tylenol and refer to the product label for directions. For moderate to severe pain, the prescribed medications should be taken as directed.
  16. Be sure to take all prescribed medications as directed to include antibiotics to help prevent infection. Female patients need to be aware that antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
  17. Do not consume alcohol for several days after surgery as this may complicate healing. Also, alcohol is not advised while taking any medications.
  18. Avoid strenuous activities and keep exercise to a minimum during the first 5 days after surgery.
  19. Avoid all activities that require your full, alert attention while under the influence of any narcotic pain medication as they may cause drowsiness and impair your abilities. Do not drive, operate machinery, climb ladders, or make any important financial decisions until the medication has worn off.
  20. Sutures placed will most likely need to be removed 1-2 weeks after surgery. Do not disturb these as they may fall out prematurely, possibly complicating the healing process.
  21. Please keep all recommended follow-up appointments to ensure the best result.
  22. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed or prescription medications, should severe swelling develop, or should you experience any unusual symptoms, please contact the office promptly.

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Home Care Instructions Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

After root canal therapy has been completed, it is normal to experience slight tenderness in the gum area surrounding the treated tooth for several days. To ensure the best end result, the tooth will need to be restored with a permanent restoration and sometimes a crown depending on the extent of missing tooth structure. Please refer to the following to help minimize any post-treatment complications:

  1. Do not do any extensive chewing on the treated tooth until it is restored with a permanent restoration or covered with a permanent crown. A soft diet is recommended to avoid irritating the area/tooth, but be sure to eat the appropriate dietary requirements.
  2.  You should continue with your regular dental hygiene regimen, but be careful when brushing around the temporary restoration.
  3. Control pain using non-aspirin medication such as Motrin or Extra Strength Tylenol and refer to the product label for directions. For moderate to severe pain, the prescribed medications should be taken as directed.
  4. Be sure to take all prescribed medications as directed to include antibiotics to help prevent infection.
  5. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any medications. 
  6. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and can be expected for several days after treatment. In case of swelling, ice packs may be applied in 10 minute intervals during the first 72 hours after treatment. After this, warm compresses may be used.
  7. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed or prescription medications, should severe swelling develop, or should you experience any unusual symptoms, please contact the office promptly. 

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  Home Care Instructions Following Oral Conscious Sedation 

  1. The patient must be driven directly home from the office after the appointment.
  2. Please call the office when the patient arrives home and is safe and comfortable.
  3. A responsible person should be with the patient until s/he has fully recovered from the effects of the sedation.
  4. The patient may seem alert when s/he leaves the office. This may be misleading, so do not leave the patient alone.
  5. The patient should always be assisted when walking. Hold the patient's arm.
  6. The patient cannot drive for 24 hours after taking sedation medication.
  7. The patient must not operate any hazardous devices or do any heavy lifting for 24 hours after taking sedation medication.
  8. The patient should not make any important decisions while sedated or for 24 hours after taking sedation medication.
  9. The patient should remain on the ground floor and not go up or down any stairs unattended until fully recovered.
  10. Having the proper nutrition after sedation is very important. The patient should begin eating appropriate food as soon as possible. Do not delay.
  11. The patient needs to drink plenty of fluids as soon as possible after the appointment and must stay hydrated.
  12. The patient should not carry, sleep next to, or be left alone with young children for a period of no less than 24 hours after the last dosage of medication.
  13. No sedatives or stimulants should be taken for 24 hours after the appointment (including alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine).
  14. Call us if you have any questions or difficulties. If you feel that your symptoms warrant a physician and/or you are unable to reach us, go to the nearest Emergency Department immediately.

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