Proper home care is essential to dental health and healing after dental treatments. We always advise patients brush their teeth at least twice a day with flossing no less than once a day. This is useful in the prevention and management of oral diseases and bacteria.
After your cosmetic reconstruction, we always recommend sticking to a cleaning routine; proper brushing and flossing can ensure timely healing without any issues. Avoid foods and drinks which can stain, crack or chip teeth. It can take a few weeks for the brain to register your new teeth structure, be cautious when eating or drinking. If you notice your bite still seems off after about a week, contact our staff to schedule an appointment. Patients that are involved in sporting activities should inform our staff so a custom mouth guard can be made. If you grind your teeth, be sure to wear the mouthguard provided.
Numbing agents will be used during your crown or bridge treatment, refrain from eating or drinking hot beverages until the numbness has worn off. Be careful while eating or drinking anything until the numbness has worn off as well, you don’t want to bite yourself. While wearing temporary dental equipment be cautious when brushing and flossing. Avoid sticky foods that could cause the temporary crown or bridge to become dislodged. If your temporary work comes lose, immediately contact Back Bay Family Dentistry so we can re-cement it. Routine at home dental care is essential to proper healing and maintenance of any dental work.
After a tooth extraction, caution is necessary. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or brushing next to the extraction site for at least 72 hours. In order to heal properly, a blood clot must form over the extraction site. Cleaning or disrupting the area can cause the blood clot to come lose or dissolve, increasing the healing time. Exercising may increase blow flow and bleeding for 24 hours; it may be best to avoid it. After 24 hours, resume your normal dental routine of brushing and flossing. This is essential to the healing and maintaining of your dental work.
If you experience increased swelling, intense pain, lots of bleeding or a medication reaction, contact our staff immediately at 228-392-0509.
Proper at-home care is vital to the healing of your dental work and maintenance to your overall dental health. We will discuss specific at home care instructions at your appointment as well. If you have any additional questions before or after your appointment, contact Back Bay Family Dentistry and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.