Post Dental Appointment Instructions

Post Dental Treatment Instructions & Information After You’ve Seen The Dentist

Our Dawson Dental Team is only a phone call away. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to your treatment, do not hesitate to call the office.

Fillings l Crowns l Root Canal l Extractions l Veneers l Dental Implant Surgery l Dentures Scaling and Root Planing l Oral Hygiene (Cleaning) l Sedation l


White Fillings

The tooth-colored materials that we use to restore your teeth should perform well for several years.  The resin (plastic) material used contains small, glass-like particles for strength and wear resistance.  At Dawson Dental Centre, we use the finest and most advanced materials available.  However, you should be aware of the following information about your new restorations:

  • As with natural teeth, please avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth, as the resin material can break under extreme forces. (For example, hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.)
  • Children should be observed until freezing wears off. Due to the strange feeling, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue, which can cause serious damage.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be.
  • If you feel that your bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment. We can make a simple adjustment that will fix this feeling.
  • The gum tissue and anesthetic injection site could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. Rinsing with warm, salt water may help the area to heal.
  • The finished restoration may have a slightly different contour and texture than your tooth originally had. Your tongue often magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to the feel in a few days.

Temporary Crowns

Temporary dental crowns are fragile and may break or come off occasionally.  If this happens, please do your best to put the crown back on your tooth, and call us for an appointment.  You can use Fixodent (a denture adhesive), to help secure it in place.  It is important that the temporary crown is put back in place as quickly as possible to prevent your teeth from shifting and to ensure that the permanent crown will fit.  Here are some important points to remember:

  • Do not chew gum or floss around the temporary crown.
  • The size, shape, and color of the temporary crown does not resemble what the final restoration will look like.
  • Temporary restorations may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to hot or cold, to pressure, or to sweet foods is not uncommon.

If you feel that your bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment.  We can make a simple adjustment that will fix this feeling.

Permanent Crowns and Bridges

After the final cementation of your restoration, it may take a few days to get used to the new crown or bridge.  Hot and cold sensitivity is possible for a few weeks and occasionally lasts for several months.  As with the temporary, if your bite does not feel balanced, please call us.  Please remember:

  • Do not chew hard or sticky foods on the restoration for 24 hours from the time they were cemented. The cement must finish setting during this time to have optimum strength.
  • Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month (minimum) cleanings are required to help you retain your crown or bridge. The only area where a crowned tooth can develop decay is at the edge, by the gum line.  Often, small problems that develop around the restorations can be found at an early stage and corrected easily.  However, waiting for a longer period of time may necessitate redoing the entire restoration.

Gold and porcelain crowns are very similar, except porcelain can chip.  Approximately 1 out of every 100 porcelain crowns will chip and need replacement.  This will never happen a gold crown.

Root Canal Therapy 

Also known as Endodontic treatment, can take 1, 2, or 3 appointments depending on the case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling.

  • If you experience swelling, please call our office immediately as additional medication may be required.
  • Following this treatment, it is common for your bite to feel unbalanced. If this occurs, it will cause your tooth to stay sensitive for a longer period of time.  Please call as this problem is easily rectified with a simple adjustment.
  • A temporary filling may be used to temporarily seal the tooth between visits. While the temporary filling is in place, please do not chew gum or floss around the area.
  • Be gentle on the tooth while eating until the final restoration is placed.
  • The gum tissue and anesthetic injection site could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days.  Rinsing with warm, salt water may help the area to heal.
  • 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 fracturing which could result in the need to extract the tooth.  A full coverage crown is recommended to prevent this from happening.

Extractions

After a tooth is removed, it is recommended that you bite on moist gauze for one hour and then replace it with clean, moistened gauze as required.  For mild to moderate discomfort, take Advil or Tylenol.  If this does not help, call our office.  The following are some important points to remember:

  • Do not smoke or drink through a straw following your appointment.
  • Avoid very hot or spicy foods for the first 24 hours.
  • Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. On the second day, you can start rinsing with warm salt water 2-3 times a day.
  • If placed, sutures will dissolve in 7-10 days or will be removed in 2 weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the office.

Veneers

We place our veneers with the finest materials and techniques available today.  However, you should be aware of the following information about your restorations:

  • As with natural teeth, please avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the veneered teeth, as the porcelain can break under extreme forces. (For example, hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.)
  • Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month (minimum) cleanings are essential to the long-term stability and appearance of your veneers. Often, problems that may develop with the veneers can be found at an early stage and repaired easily, while waiting for a longer time may necessitate redoing entire restorations.
  • Your gums may recede from the veneers, displaying discolored tooth structure underneath. If this happens, it is usually after many years and it indicates that the veneers require replacement.

Dental Implant Surgery

Following placement of an dental implant, it is important to take any prescriptions as recommended and to not disturb the treatment area.  If you experience bleeding, please bite on a clean gauze pad for 20-30 minutes.  Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours, however, if bleeding persists please contact the office.  The following are some important points to remember:

  • There may be a metal healing cap protruding through the gum tissue. Please do not disturb this area.
  • Do not smoke or drink through a straw following your appointment.
  • Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for the first 24 hours.
  • Swelling is a normal occurrence following surgery. To minimize this, apply ice to your cheek in the treatment area during the first 24 hours (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off).
  • Good oral hygiene is essential to your healing. Do not rinse for the first 24 hours.  On the second day, you can start rinsing with Peridex (as directed) and warm salt water 3-4 times a day.
  • If placed, sutures will dissolve in 7-10 days or will be removed in 2 weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the office.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Sore Spots: It is common for your mouth to have a few “sore spots” after wearing the dentures/ partials for 24 hours. These sore areas can be relieved with very little effort during your next appointment.
Chewing: The new way that your teeth bite together may not feel completely comfortable at first.  We can make adjustments to the contacting surfaces of your teeth once the dentures/partials have settled into place.
Cleaning the Dentures and your Mouth: Your denture can be cleaned quite easily using a denture brush and mild toothpaste.  Periodically using a denture soak is also very useful (ex. Polident).  We recommend leaving your dentures/ partials out of your mouth at night and soaking them in water.

Complete Dentures only: Brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them.

Partial Dentures only: Use special care to clean parts of the partial that contact your natural teeth.  Both your partial denture and natural teeth must be kept very clean on a daily basis to reduce the chance of new dental decay starting.

We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and aesthetic dentures/partials.  We feel confident that after a few weeks of becoming adjusted to the new appliances, you will have years of satisfaction from them.  Over time, your jawbone and gums will shrink when there are teeth missing.  When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining, or, refitting.  Wearing ill-fitting dentures/partials for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease.  Please call our office if these symptoms occur.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Following scaling and root planing, you may experience some temporary discomfort.  If your mouth was frozen, it is best to wait until the anaesthetic has worn off before eating.  Also, it is important that you are careful not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue while it is numb.

DISCOMFORT: You may experience some degree of gum soreness after scaling and root planning.  This will usually subside within 24 hours.  Most patients find that their discomfort can be controlled with Advil or Tylenol.  In addition, rinsing with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt mixed in 1 cup of warm water) up to six times per day can be soothing to the tissue.

SENSITIVITY: Normal healing results in some tissue tightening and shrinkage and, as a result, you may experience some sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets.  This is a common side effect of this procedure and usually diminishes with time.  If you are experiencing sensitivity, the following may help:
  • Brush and floss to remove plaque bacteria that produce acids which contribute to tooth sensitivity.
  • Brushing with desensitizing paste, such as Sensodyne or Crest Sensitivity, will help reduce the sensitivity.
  • Special fluoride rinses may be prescribed.

If sensitivity persists for more than 2 weeks, please call the office. In most cases, there are desensitizing agents we can apply to decrease or eliminate the sensitivity.

Oral Hygiene (Cleaning)

If the gum tissue is tender, it is important that you clean your teeth and gums gently but THOROUGHLY.  This will likely require you to spend more time than usual.  Running your toothbrush under hot water will soften the bristles and may help you to cleanse the gum line more comfortably and effectively.

As tissue tenderness diminishes, begin using dental floss daily to remove the plaque from between the teeth.  This will help promote healing and decrease sensitivity.  You may encounter some bleeding when brushing or flossing.  It is important to continue gentle brushing and flossing even if bleeding occurs.  As healing progresses, the bleeding will gradually reduce or disappear.
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Sedation

If you have been sedated in preparation for your dental appointment, you will need someone to drive you home.  After your appointment, we suggest you go home and rest for the remainder of the day.  After you’ve been sedated, please do NOT:

  • take any other medications
  • breastfeed
  • drink alcohol
  • drink coffee or beverages with caffeine
  • smoke
  • drive a car or operate machinery
  • perform strenuous activities like exercising or heavy lifting
  • make any important decisions