General and Cosmetic Dentistry
4600 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34209

After Care Instructions

After Your Crown And/Or Bridge Appointment

  1. You can expect your gum around the teeth that were prepared for crowns to be sore, possibly red and raw. Gently keep those teeth clean. Warm, light, salt water rinses might help with relieving the soreness.
  2. After your crown or bridge appointment, a temporary crown or bridge is usually placed on the tooth or teeth involved. Your temporary crown or bridge will be securely placed, with temporary cement.
    • Do not chew gum.
    • Do not eat sticky foods.
    • Do not grind hard things, like ice, popcorn kernels, etc.
    • Do not floss in front or behind the temporary tooth.
    If the temporary comes off, please rinse off food and immediately place back on tooth. You may need to try to place it several times before getting it on correctly. Once you found the way to place it back on, you may use toothpaste, or denture adhesive for your cement or nothing if it stays on. Call the office if you cannot get it back on or cannot keep it on. We may need to see you before your insert appointment.

What To Expect After Your Fillings

  1. Please wait to eat until your anesthetic wears off. That means after the tingly, itchy feeling is gone. Most all teeth are sensitive after fillings. White fillings may be more sensitive just because of the way we have to insert them.
  2. Liquids may be taken right away, but you may find extreme temperatures cause sensitivity. Please stay in the medium temperatures for comfort for a few days or weeks.
  3. Ibuprofen products may be helpful for a few days.
  4. If you notice that your teeth do not seem to touch together (top and bottom), your filling may be “high”. Please call for a bite adjustment, if this occurs.

After Tooth Extraction

Post-operative care is most important to hasten healing and recovery from Tooth Extraction surgery. Follow these instructions carefully.
  1. Swelling, stiffness, bleeding, and some discomfort are normal and should not cause alarm.
  2. If medication has been prescribed, please take as directed and try to have it working before the anesthetic wears off. Take the medication with food.
  3. After we place moist gauze over the extraction, bite down for 30 – 45 minutes. If heavy bleeding continues, bite down on a moistened tea bag for another 30 – 45 minutes. Repeat for as long as necessary.
  4. Apply ice to your face for the first couple of hours – 15 minutes on/15 minutes off.
  5. Over the next 48 hours, prop your head up higher than usual when you sleep.
    • Do not smoke
    • Do not spit
    • Do not use straws
    • Do not drink carbonated soda
    • Do not bend over or engage in activities requiring heavy exertion

After Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a white or clear liquid (much like a nail polish) that is placed on top of your child’s adult molars. The sealant fills up the grooves and pits on top of the molars so that food particles cannot be trapped and begin to decay, making cavities.

The sealants are as hard as they are going to be when your child leaves the dental office.

No special care is needed to maintain these sealants – but certainly sticky candy and gum can pull them out.

During each dental check up, these sealants are checked over and replaced with parental permission.

Sealants ARE better than fillings.

After Scaling and Root Planing

You are in the process of having a procedure called deep scaling and root planning, or simply root detoxification. Its purpose is to remove all deposits of calculus (tartar) and plaque on the teeth below the gum-line and to methodically plane, or smooth the root surfaces themselves. This entails the removal of a thin layer of cementum covering the roots that has become infected with bacteria and their toxic by-products.

Scaling and root planning help the gums to reattach to the tooth roots. Oftentimes, this will reduce gingival bleeding, diminish inflammation and cause the crevices or spaces around the teeth to become less deep. This will allow you better access to clean these important areas.

After scaling and root planing is completed, you may experience slight discomfort around the teeth for several days and increased sensitivity to hot and cold (and sometimes sweets) for up to four to six weeks duration. This is a normal course of healing. You should begin to notice a definite improvement in sensitivity within two weeks.

There are several things you can do to help reduce or prevent tooth sensitivity and hasten healing following scaling and root planing. These include:
  1. Thorough plaque removal on a daily basis with a soft or ultra soft toothbrush and dental floss. There are also many excellent mechanical toothbrushes that are now on the market that help aid in plaque removal. (Please ask your hygienist which would be best for you).
  2. A topical stannous fluoride gel may be prescribed as well to reduce tooth sensitivity- use twice daily.
  3. A desensitizing toothpaste in place of your regular dentifrice for 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure (e.g. Sensodyne, Protect, etc.)
  4. Your hygienist or doctor may recommend other adjuncts for your individual needs.
The dental staff will be happy to review any home care procedures for you. Please feel free to ask for assistance.

The benefits of scaling and root planing are many. However, this procedure alone is not always sufficient to stop the continued destruction of periodontal disease. Approximately four to six weeks after we complete the initial scaling and root planing, we will re-evaluate your periodontal status. It is at this appointment that we will determine if further treatment (surgery, additional scaling, antibiotics, etc.) is necessary to control the disease process. It may be recommended that a more advanced (periodontal maintenance cleaning), will be required at various intervals depending on your individual dental needs. For best results, it is recommended that you continue your perio maintenance cleaning every three months.

The results of your periodontal therapy depends on several factors:
  1. Adhering to your scheduled treatment plan and follow-up appointments.
  2. Home care compliance.
  3. Personal habits (smoking, poor diet, stress, etc.)
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