Home Care Instructions – Colorado Springs CO

After Cosmetic 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. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Craig Parlet Family Dentistry Phone Number 719-528-6200, 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 will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or ibuprofen (Motrin) every three to four hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Dont be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. Youll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a 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, pencils, and/or sticky candies). Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea, and berries.

If you engage in sports, let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the nightguard we have provided for you. 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.

For more information about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parlet, call our office in Colorado Springs, CO at Craig Parlet Family Dentistry Phone Number 719-528-6200.

Temporary Crown

  • Avoid chewing until anesthesia is completely gone to avoid chewing on your lip, cheek, or tongue.
  • Your gum tissue will generally be tender or sore for 1 to 2 weeks. Taking an over the counter medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen is strongly recommended, especially for the first 2 to 3 days.
  • The cement used on your temporary crown is a “softer” cement and chewing sticky foods such as caramel, taffy, jolly ranchers, or raisins must be avoided so you don’t pull off your temporary crown.
  • Chewing hard foods such as nuts, jerks, or ice cubes must be avoided so you don’t fracture your temporary crown.
  • Brushing and flossing your temporary crown is critical to keep the gum tissue healthy for the permanent crown, but please remember to “slide” the floss sideways after flossing to avoid loosening your temporary crown. Avoid electric toothbrushes if possible.
  • If for any reason your temporary crown comes off please clean it off, place a small amount of vaseline on the inside of the temporary crown and press it back into place, it will only fit on one way. Please call thee office so your temporary crown may be re-cemented.
  • Your temporary crown serves 2 purposes. #1 to cover and protect the sensitive portion of the prepared tooth, and #2 it holds the appropriate space for your new crown. It is very important that your temporary crown remains in place for your permanent crown to fit properly.

After insert of permanent crowns and bridges

  • Avoid chewing until anesthesia (if used) is completely gone to avoid chewing on your lip, cheek, or tongue.
  • Avoid chewing on sticky foods such as caramel, taffy, jolly ranchers, raisins or hard foods such as nuts, jerky, or ice cubes for the first day to allow complete setting of the permanent cement.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold, usually cold, may
    persist for 2 weeks to 2 months (occasionally up
    to a year or more) even though a desensitizer
    was used. It should slowly diminish.
  • Regular brushing and flossing should
    begin immediately. Electric toothbrushes
    are fine. Gum tissue may be tender for
    several days.
  • There is always a possibility that a root
    canal may be required on any tooth receiving
    a crown. If you experience increasing
    sensitivity to hot, cold, or pressure please
    contact our office for an evaluation.

After Tooth Extraction

  • Dont rinse your mouth for 24 hours after removal. Gentle spitting is okay. After 24 hours begin using salt water rinses 3-5 times per day for 7-10 days. One teaspoon salt in warm glass of water for rinses.
  • To help control bleeding please use rolled gauze pads and biting pressure. Change every 20-30 minutes for 1-2 hours or until gauze is only pink after 20-30 minutes. Pink gauze means bleeding is under control.
  • Swelling Use cold packs, 5 minutes on and 10 minutes off as much as possible for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours if swelling is present use warm pack in the same manner.
  • Pain Please use medications per instructions.
  • Food Light diet with softer foods is best. Avoid hard, crunchy or spicy foods. Avoid using a straw, as the suction action may dislodge blood clots.
  • Bony Edges Small bone fragments may work through the gum tissue during healing. Please contact our office to evaluate if this occurs.
  • Bruising During tissue manipulation bruising may occur and should gradually disappear.
  • Infection This rarely occurs, but could happen. If suspicious, please contact our office to evaluate.
  • Please dont hesitate to call our office day or night, even after normal business hours, with any concerns.

After Composite (White) Fillings

  • Avoid chewing until anesthesia is completely gone to avoid chewing on your lip, cheek, or tongue.
  • Your filling may be sensitive to hot or cold food or drinks. This sensitivity may persist for 2 weeks to 2 months and occasionally longer, up to a year or more. Every tooth is different.
  • If the bite on your new filling feels high or unusual please call our office to have the bite rechecked and adjusted. It is sometimes impossible to adjust the bite correctly while you are numb.
  • Your gum tissue around the filling may be tender or sore for several days to a week. Taking an over the counter medication such
    as aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen will help
    alleviate this.

After Amalgam (Silver) Fillings

  • Avoid chewing until anesthesia is completely gone to avoid chewing on your lip, cheek, or tongue. Also avoid heavy chewing for the first 24 hours until the filling is completely set.
  • Your filling will usually be sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. This sensitivity may persist for 2 weeks to 2 months and occasionally longer, up to a year or more. Every tooth is different.
  • If the bite on your new filling feels high or unusual please call our office to have the bite rechecked and adjusted. It is sometimes impossible to adjust the bite correctly while you are numb.
  • Your gum tissue around the filling may be tender or sore for several days to a week. Taking an over the counter medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen will help alleviate this.