Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and may be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication taken as directed by your dentist should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You will quickly adapt and start speaking normally again. You may notice an increase in salivation due to your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside in about one week.

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.

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 restorations. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in contact sports, please let us know so that we can make you a custom athletic mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, you may need to have a custom nightguard made. Adjusting to your new appliance will take some time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Dental crowns and dental 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. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so that 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 temporary in place, avoid eating sticky and hard foods, and if possible chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and pull the floss through from the side to remove instead of up in order to not dislodge the temporary crown.

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

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955.

After Tooth Extraction

After a 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 still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids in healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow 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 or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed by your dentist. The swelling typically subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed by your dentist. Call the office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955 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 the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food in the days following the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable or otherwise directed.

After a few days you should feel back to normal and can resume your daily activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955.

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

When an anesthetic has been 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 dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Mild pain medications may be taken as directed by your dentist in order to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, as they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Corporation Phone Number 916-443-8955.