Following Crowns And Bridge Treatment

Caring for your provisional restoration will improve the longevity, aesthetics, and fit of your new crown or bridge.

1. Good brushing keeps the gums around your provisional(s) firm and healthy. This allows us to cement your crown onto a clean, dry tooth, thereby enhancing the water tight seal of the crown.
2. The provisional holds the tooth in the position it was in when your impression was taken. If the tooth shifts position, the new crown will require a lot of adjustments to achieve an acceptable fit. So, we do not want the provisional to come off. Avoidance of sticky and hard crunchy foods will prevent damage to your provisional. If your provisional comes off, breaks, or loosens, call us as soon as possible.
3. Most chewing gum will stick all over a provisional crown, so NO GUM. This will not be the case with your final crown.
4. Since provisionals become worn after a short time of service, undue postponement of your crown-seating appointment can allow the tooth to shift.
5. It is common to experience mild tooth sensitivity and tender gums around the tooth for a day or two following your crown preparation appointment. Usually, Ibuprofen (Advil) works well on this type of soreness. If you are having abnormal discomfort or notice anything unusual, we want to hear from you. If it is after office hours, our phone answering machine will provide you with Dr. Davis’ cell and home phone numbers.

Thank you for being the kind of person who cares enough about their health to have this kind of involved dentistry done.

We look forward to your next visit with us.

Tooth Whitening (Bleaching) Instructions

While bleaching, it is important to follow these instructions for optimal results;

1. Brush and floss before bleaching as the bleaching gel cannot penetrate the tooth through plaque build up.
2. Place one small drop of gel for each tooth on the inner surface of the tray that will touch the front side of the teeth. Using gel for the back molars is probably not necessary.
3. Store bleaching gel in refrigerator.
4. Place trays in mouth and wear them 3 – 8 hours a day. Many people just wear them while sleeping at night. The gel works best during the first four hours, but still has some benefit during the next couple of hours. The effects are cumulative, so more wear gets you faster results, but less wear still gets you there eventually.
5. Remove trays when done for the day. Rinse well and store on models.
6. If sensitivity occurs, there are a few steps that can be taken:

A. Decrease the length of time the trays are actually worn.
B. Trays can be worn every other day. Results will take longer, but your teeth will appreciate it.
C. Place desensitizing toothpaste (Aquafresh or Crest Sensitive or Sensodyne) in the trays and wear them for 20-30 minutes per day.

7. Remember, results come more slowly for some people than others. You may have to be patient and persistent, but we will be here to advise you along the way.
8. If there are any questions or concerns, please phone our office at (770) 476-9747 during regular business hours.

What To Expect After Root Canal Treatment

1. Some soreness and aching following you appointment is not unusual. It is typically something that can be managed well with Ibuprofin (Advil).
2. While intense discomfort or swelling following root canal treatment is uncommon, it does sometimes happen. If you are experiencing either of these, do not hesitate to call us as we may need to get you on a prescription medication. If it is after business hours, the office phone message machine will give you Dr. Davis’ cell and home phone numbers.
3. A temporary filling has been placed in your tooth. The material we placed is very moisture-tight, but not especially strong. It is alright if some of this temporary filling crumbles away from the surface as long as the entire bulk of the filling stays in place. Call our office if the entire temporary filling is lost.
4. A few days after your procedure, you may notice the tooth has gotten a little tender to touch. This is due to inflammation caused by the procedure itself and shouldn’t develop into a problem. It should only last for a couple of days.
5. Do not postpone your appointment to get your root canal tooth restored. This puts a protective seal over the root canal and protects the tooth from future problems.
6. Once again, if you notice anything unusual or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 770-476-9747.

Taking Care Of Your Gums After Placement Into The Gums Of Time-Release Antibiotic (Arestin)

1. Avoid brushing treated area for 12 hours.
2. Do not use interproximal cleaning devices (floss, proxy brushes, etc,) in the area for 10 days.
3. Avoid touching treated areas.
4. Avoid eating ‘sticky’ or ‘chewy’ foods for one week.
5. A little soreness in the treated areas for a few days is not unusual.
6. Please do not miss your next appointment so that improvement from this therapy can be evaluated.
7. Please call our office at (770) 476-9747 if you have any concerns or questions.

Instructions For Care Following Dental Surgery

BLEEDING – Bite on gauze pack for one hour following surgery. Remove gently after one hour. Place new gauze for an additional 30 minutes if necessary. A slight ooze after removing the gauze pack is not unusual. The following activities could re-initiate bleeding during the first 24 hours after surgery: rinsing, swishing, forcibly spitting, smoking, sucking or drinking through a straw, carbonated beverages or alcohol, hot foods, foods that require a lot of chewing,  strenuous activity or physical exertion.

SWELLING – Swelling after dental surgery is not uncommon and should not cause alarm. Swelling is usually the most significant 2 days after surgery and may last a week. An ice bag or crushed ice in a zip-lock bag held on the side of the face nearest the surgical area will greatly reduce swelling and alleviate a lot of pain, as well. This is most effective if done in the first two hours following surgery. Using ice 20 minutes-on, 20 minutes-off, 20 minutes-on, etc. is usually very effective.

PAIN – If medication for pain has been prescribed, take it according to directions. Otherwise, you may want to take aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil. Pain or soreness may persist for a few days but should be getting noticeably better within 24 hours. If not, please get in touch with us at (770) 476-9747.

DIET – Soft foods are advisable during the 24 hours following surgery. Do not chew on the wounded side of the mouth. Do not drink carbonated beverages or alcohol. Avoid hot foods and drinks. Do not drink anything through a straw.

SMOKING – Refrain from smoking for 48 hours following your surgery. Smoking is the leading cause of dry sockets after tooth extractions.

MOUTH RINSE – Do not rinse forcibly with anything for at least 24 hours following surgery. The day following surgery, begin using a warm salt water solution (1 teaspoon salt per glass of warm water) and continue 5 times daily for 5 days.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental surgery, please call us at (770) 476-9747.

Your Bite Appliance (Occlusal Splint, Night Guard, Bruxism Appliance) Information and Instructions for Use

Your appliance was provided for several of the following reasons:

Your appliance is designed to:

Using your appliance

How to care for your appliance

What to report at your adjustment visits

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