After Your Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction

It is important to remember that it can take a few days for your bite to feel normal again. The brain needs to recognize any changes in your teeth and their position. If after a few days you still notice a problem biting down or a high spot, please call the office at 909-962-8828 and we can have you in for an adjustment appointment.

It will also be completely normal for you to experience some hot and cold sensitivity if you have had teeth removed. Your gums could also feel sore and sensitive for a couple of days. If they are, add a teaspoon of salt to a warm cup of water and gargle with the solution three times a day, as this helps to reduce swelling and pain. You may also take a mild pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol for any discomfort.

You could also notice that your speech is affected for a couple of days afterward. This will not last long and you will speak normally within a short period of time. Additionally, as your brain responds to the different shape and size of your teeth, you may experience increased salivation. This will also stop within a week or so.

No matter what dental work you have had done, whether it’s crowns, bridges or dental implants, it is important to brush and floss daily. You’ll want to get rid of any plaque that builds up on a continual basis. Always schedule regular appointments for cleanings.

Remember: any kind of food that can damage your old, natural tooth can also damage a new one. We suggest that you avoid hard substances, such as peanut brittle, hard candies, nuts and anything else that could cause damage. Smoking can quickly stain your new teeth, as will foods such as berries and drinks such as coffee and red wine.

If you play sports, we can make you a custom mouth guard. A mouth guard will also protect your teeth if you grind them in your sleep, a common problem.

We know that adjusting to your new dental work can take time and patience, and we welcome any questions and concerns you may have!

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Both dental crowns and bridges generally take two or more appointments to complete. During your first visit, we will take molds of your teeth and provide you with a temporary crown or bridge to protect them while we have the custom restoration produced. Your teeth and gums will be anesthetized, causing numbness and tingling around that area. It is best to avoid drinking or eating hot beverages and food until the numbness wears off.

It is possible for a temporary crown to fall off. We can re-cement it if it does, which is important as you do not wish for your other teeth to shift while you wait for your final restoration. Call us at 909-962-8828 if this happens and we will get you in ASAP. You can avoid this happening by staying away from sticky or hard food or any type of hard candy while you have a temporary tooth in place. If you must eat something of this nature, try to chew on the other side of your mouth. Brush normally, but be careful you don’t pull up hard on the floss between the temporary tooth and a real one, as this could dislodge it.

Don’t worry if the area is pressure or temperature sensitive after the placement of your final crown or bridge, as this sensitivity will subside within a couple of weeks. Ask Dr. Muneer or our staff about the types of pain medications to use for relief.

If at any time you feel persistent pain or your bite feels uneven, please do not hesitate to call us at 909-962-8828.

After a Tooth Extraction

After we extract a tooth in our office, our staff will provide you with gauze to bite down on for 30-45 minutes afterward. This is so a blood clot forms and the healing process begins. Don’t worry if you need to place another gauze pad in after the initial time frame, as you may need to do so several times.

Once the blood clot has formed, you will not want to disturb it, as it provides healing to the area. It is vital that you do not smoke, brush the teeth next to the extraction, rinse vigorously, drink alcohol or even suck on a straw for at least 72 hours after the extraction. This is because these activities can more easily dislodge the clot and halt the healing process.

Limit any vigorous exercise for 24 hours after an extraction, as this increases your blood pressure and can cause excessive bleeding from the extraction area.

Having a tooth extracted can cause swelling and pain. A cold ice pack can help the swelling stay down. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables will do.

You may take pain medications as prescribed by our office, or use over-the-counter medicines as needed. This swelling and pain will usually subside after 48 hours. Call us at 909-962-8828 if you feel the medication isn’t working the way it should. We may prescribe antibiotics, which should be taken until they are gone, even if you do not have signs or symptoms of an infection.

Drink an abundance of fluids and eat soft foods the day you have the extraction. When you feel comfortable enough, resume your normal eating habits.

After 24 hours, resume your typical dental routine. You’ll want to brush and floss once a day at the very least, as this speeds up the healing process. Plus, your mouth will feel clean and fresh!

Normal activities may be resumed after a few days. Any heavy bleeding, continued swelling, severe pain or a reaction to medication should be reported to our office immediately. Call us at 909-962-8828.

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

An anesthetic may be used in our office for any composite fillings. This can cause your tongue and lips to feel numb hours later. You can burn or bite your mouth more easily when this occurs, so please be careful eating and drinking. Avoid hot foods and beverages.

You may also feel hot and cold sensitivity around the dental filling site, as well as pressure sensitivity. The injection site itself may also be sore. OTC medications, such as aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen (Motrin) may be taken every three to four hours for pain. If you feel that the pain is not subsiding or the sensitivity is not going away after a few days, call us at 909-962-8828.

You will be able to chew foods with your composite fillings when the anesthetic wears off completely. We make sure they are fully set before you leave the office.

If you have persistent pain or your bite does not feel even, please call us at 909-962-8828.