After you have received any special dental treatments at Hillsborough Smiles, it is important that you handle the treated area properly to ensure proper healing (if necessary) and that you are able to enjoy the full benefits of the treatment in Hillsborough, NJ.
If you have had a temporary prosthetic placed, be careful to avoid hard and chewy foods, which may pull the temporaries off of the prepared tooth. If a temporary becomes loose or comes off, try to place it back onto the prepared tooth. If this cannot be done, keep it in a plastic bag until you can visit us. Call our office as soon as possible to have the temporary put back in place.
The effects of your anesthesia will remain until approximately one to three hours after your procedure. Be careful not to use the side of your mouth that is numb to prevent accidentally biting your tongue, lip, or cheek. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect to these procedures, as well as tenderness in the gum tissue; the more invasive/extensive the procedure, the more sensitivity you may experience. These symptoms should fade and cease within a few days to a couple of weeks.
Any dental prosthetic fixed to your tooth/teeth should have tight contacts to prevent food impaction and should fit with the rest of your bite. If you experience discomfort with the fit of the veneer, crown, or bridge, contact us to have it corrected. You should also make an appointment for an evaluation if you notice a fracture in the porcelain or an open or loose contact. The cement used to fix the veneer, crown, or bridge onto the tooth is strongest in its first 24 hours, so be careful not to chew anything tough or sticky on the treated areas.
To maintain the veneer, crown, or bridge, be sure to keep it clean by flossing the margins next to the gum line, below the contact area. You will also need to keep up with regular visits to Hillsborough Smiles to allow your dentist to check on your restoration.
To deal with bleeding, place a piece of gauze on the treated area and keep firm pressure on it for 35 to 45 minutes. Avoid chewing on the gauze. After this application, you may notice some oozing; this is normal.
Handle the treated area with extreme care in the days following the procedure. Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and drinking out of a bottle for 24 hours. Limit exercise and do not rinse vigorously. You may be provided with medication to relieve pain and/or to avoid or reduce infection. Be sure to take these only as directed.
You will receive more detailed instructions following your procedure at Hillsborough Smiles in Hillsborough, NJ. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call.