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Congratulations on your new smile! It’s important that you remember it will take some time to adjust to the feel of your new bite during post op. Below are listed some steps you can take to make that adjustment smoother and more comfortable, and to ensure the success of your new smile.
Numbness: Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the anesthetic, it could take 30 minutes or a whole day for the numbness to subside post op.
- Holding warm liquid in your mouth near the numb area and exercise will help you metabolize the anesthetic quicker.
- Be careful not to bite your lip, cheek, or tongue while numb.
- If the numbess continues longer than one day, call us right away.
- Parents: If your child received anesthetic, keep his hands away from his mouth.
Sore Gums: Depending on the treatment, your gums to be sore or swollen for a few days.
- Rinsing with warm salt water will sooth your gums and help them to heal much faster. (Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup warm water and rinse 3 times a day or until the sensitivity is gone).
- If your gums become inflamed and have increasing sensitivity, please call us right away.
Bite: New fillings, crowns, or bridges may alter the position of your teeth and it may take a few days to adjust. If your bite is too high, it can cause your tooth be cold sensitive. If you detect any high spots or problems with your bite due to the new restoration, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an adjustment at no charge.
Hot/Cold Sensitivity: It’s normal for your teeth to be slightly sensitive to hot or cold after a new restoration has been placed. This may be because some tooth structure was replaced with new materials and your tooth needs time to adjust. The sensitivity should subside after several days; if it doesn’t, please call our office immediately. (One Exception: Crowns or bridges that contain metal may be hot/cold sensitive for up to year. This is because the metal is a strong thermal conductor.)
Taking care of your new crown or filling: Your permanent crown or filling should look natural and feel comfortable. Continue to brush and floss regularly to ensure that your restored tooth stays healthy. Please be sure to call our office if:
- Your bite feels uneven
- You have difficulty flossing around the tooth
- You have persistent or increasing pain
- You have any questions or concerns about your restored tooth
Speech: Your speech might be affected slightly for the first few days; this is normal, and is not a cause for concern. You will quickly adapt to the new “feel” in your mouth, and speak normally soon.
Increased Salivary Flow: Your brain might respond to the new size and shape of your teeth by increasing salivary flow. This should subside to normal flow within a week.
Mouth Guard: If you participate in sports, ask us about creating a custom mouthguard to protect your new smile.
EXTRA NOTE: Remember, any food or substance that can crack, chip, or in any way damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new restorations. Avoid or minimize tobacco, red wine, colas, coffee and tea (these stain your teeth and fillings). Also, don’t chew on ice, pencils, fingernails, and avoid hard candy, popcorn hulls, and other unusually hard foods that can crack your teeth.
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