Advanced Dental Solutions

Advanced Dental Solutions offers specialty level prosthodontic care, including dental implants, dental implant restoration and surgery. From tooth replacement to complete smile restorations, to sleep quality testing and head and neck pain relief, the doctors of Advanced Dental Solutions are committed to improving the quality of life for the patients they treat.

Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

As with any change, it may take some time to adjust to the new way your teeth come together when you bite. It is normal for it to take some time for your body to adjust to the change. This will normally not last more than a few days, if you continue to feel discomfort after a few days, please call our office and we will be glad to make adjustments for your comfort.

It is also normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold, and for your gums to be tender or sore. There is a natural healing period after any surgery, and this is no different. A warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will help reduce discomfort. Your doctor will also be glad to discuss other over the counter remedies you can try.

Our speech and sound are largely impacted by the size and shape of our teeth. Do not be alarmed if you notice differences in your sound or speech. Your brain will soon adjust to the changes and you will feel and sound normal again fairly quickly.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments. Protect your investment with regular preventative care and check ups!

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

Sports injuries and teeth grinding can also damage your new teeth. We will gladly make a mouth guard for you to protect your teeth. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary crown but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

As with any dental procedure where your mouth is numbed, please avoid anything that could hurt you until the numbness wears off, such as hot beverages and excessive chewing.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow down the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

Anytime an anesthetic is used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Talk with our team about over the counter remedies to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

 

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