PATIENT CARE

The key to great oral hygiene is regular professional care paired with consistent care at home. After your appointment, follow these instructions to ensure your prolonged oral health. These instructions will help you take care of any treatment you received.

 

TEMPORARY BRIDGES

When and what can I eat?

  • If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

  • Avoid using the area where the permanent restoration was placed for at least one hour in order to let the cement fully set.

  • Keep in mind that you do have a restoration but feel free to use your restoration like you would your normal teeth.

Can I brush and floss?

  • Brush your teeth as you normally would it is very important to keep your permanent restoration in great condition just like your other teeth

  • Floss your teeth as you normally would it is very important to floss around a permanent restoration to keep the area healthy.

What if there is discomfort?

  • You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

  • If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced please call to come in and have us adjust it at your earliest convenience.

 

PERMANENT BRIDGES

When and what can I eat?

  • If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numb feeling has completely gone away.

  • Avoid using the area where the temporary was placed for at least one hour in order to let the temporary cement fully set.

  • Be advised to avoid eating hard or sticky foods on your temporary as these types of foods may cause the temporary to become loose of fall off.

Can I brush and floss?

  • Brush your teeth as you normally would - it is just as important to keep a temporary clean as it is to keep your other teeth clean.

  • Do not floss your temporary - it will pop it off!

What if there is discomfort?

  • You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

  • You may also experience sensitivity to cold or pressure - the temporary restoration does not hold off cold like your other teeth or the permanent restoration will.

  • Your new permanent crown will be shaped and shaded especially to your teeth - the temporary is made to serve you temporarily, so its color and fit are not custom-matched to your teeth.

What do I do if my temporary comes off?

  • If possible - save the temporary so we can re-cement it. Try not to eat anything on that side till we re-cement the temporary and call us as soon as possible for an appointment.

Fillings

When and what can I eat?

  • If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numbness has completely gone away.

Can I brush and floss?

  • You can brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

What if there is discomfort?

  • You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure. If for any reason your bite does not feel even or balanced, please call us to schedule an appointment so we can adjust it at your earliest convenience.

 
 

DENTURES

What should I do after I receive my denture?

  • Dentures need to be taken out at night and kept in water to give the tissue some time to rest.

  • When not in your mouth, dentures need to be kept in water.

What if there is discomfort?

  • It will take few days to get used to your new dentures. For the first couple of days expect lots of salivation and some pressure.

  • New dentures need to be adjusted to relieve sore spots. Call us to schedule an appointment if you think you need an adjustment.

 

ROOT CANALS

When and what can I eat?

  • If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numbness has completely gone away.

Can I brush and floss?

  • After a root canal, the tooth will be tender for a couple of days, so brush gently. You may floss, but floss gently. Gradually go back to your regular brushing and flossing routine.

What if there is discomfort?

  • You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

  • If any medication was prescribed, take as directed.

  • If the discomfort or pain persists after one week, please call the office to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

 

BLEACHING

When and what can I eat?

  • The first 48 hours following our in office professional whitening experience are vital to the success of the treatment. During this period your teeth are dehydrated and more susceptible to re-staining from dark and/or acidic foods and beverages. Please avoid:

    • coffee​

    • tea

    • cola

    • red wine

    • red sauce

    • soy sauce

    • ketchup

    • mustard

    • tobacco products

    • balsamic vinegar

    • berries

  • A good rule to follow is if something could stain a white t-shirt, it could re-stain your teeth. If you cannot refrain from drinking coffee, tea or cola during this period, then try using a straw and rinse with water, or brush immediately after. After the 48 hour period has past, you may comfortably resume consumption of the items listed above. Keep in mind, these items will stain your teeth and periodic whitening touch-ups may be necessary.​

What if there is discomfort?

  • Some discomfort and sensitivity is to be expected. Simple, over the counter pain medication should ease any discomfort

 

NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENT

When and what can I eat?

  • If there was anesthetic used during your procedure please avoid chewing until the numbness has completely gone away.

  • Do your best to use the opposite side (away from the treated area) of your mouth to eat a soft diet for the first two days following treatment.

  • Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages and hot or spicy foods until your gums are healthy.

Can I brush and floss?

  • The first time you brush after treatment, brush very lightly. The day after treatment, you may begin flossing lightly. Gradually return to normal brushing and flossing habits.

What if there is discomfort?

  • You may experience some discomfort due to irritation to the area during the treatment procedure.

  • If any medication was prescribed, take as directed.

  • Avoid any medication containing Aspirin.