Post Instructions

  • You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning). DO NOT take anything extremely hot or cold.
  • If you have received anesthesia do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
  • Continue your regular brushing and flossing.
  • Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.
  • Gums take some days to heal so redness may be seen that is sign of healing. Do not panic.
  • When you touch the teeth after the treatment you might find spacing in between the teeth, those are spaces where food lodgment & calculus was present and has been cleared now following scaling procedure.
  • Rinse three times a day with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  • Avoid all the habits like smoking, alcohol, pan chewing, beverages. This will reduce the blood supply to healing site and healing might be delayed or infected.
  • Call our office if you are in pain or if you have any questions.
  • It is normal to experience some hot, cold, pressure sensitivity after the filling for some days. Deeper the cavity more will be the sensitivity. These symptoms will subside over time.
  • Do not take any liquids up to 1 hour.
  • Do not bite hard or chew on fillings for 24 hours.
  • You can take painkiller, if there is any pain or tenderness for one day.
  • The finished filling may be slightly different in shape and texture than you original tooth and your tongue may magnify this sensation when placed on the filling, but you will be used to it in few days.
  • In case of high discomfort and difficulty in chewing after the filling even after one day, call us and come back, let us help you correcting the filling for you.
  • Fillings do not last forever, proper brushing with soft bristle tooth brush and eating cautiously, flossing is recommended.
  • Call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after the fillings, or if you have any questions.
  • You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
  • Because of anesthetic effect, numbness will be there for 1-2hrs, do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this.
  • Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth; do not bite on the tooth for one hour. Until the ceramic/zirconia Crown is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
  • Continue your brushing and flossing.
  • Follow up with the placement of your ceramic/zirconia Crown as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Usually root canal treatment is a single sitting procedure, but in case of infection or severe damage to teeth, the treatment may take multiple sittings or additional treatments may be advised to you.
  • If pain persists after the initial sitting, treatment will not be completed until the pain or bleeding completely stops.
  • There is a chance of occurrence of pain immediately or after some time after the treatment is completed. Based on the tooth condition and how it’s responding to treatment, re- root canal treatment can be advised or tooth removal.
  • Root canal treatment is usually a repair work to save the tooth instead of removing it directly. This procedure makes the tooth brittle and chances of breakage of more if you do not go for capping so do not ignore the final steps after the treatment is completed.
  • Stay in regular follow-up even after the treatment is completed so that the teeth status can be monitored.
  • Call our office if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions.
  • Take medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Chewing: Do not chew hard foods on the crown for 24 hours from the time they were cemented.
  • Sensitivity: Mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods is common. It should disappear gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity lasts longer than six weeks. Please tell us if this occurs.
  • Aggressive chewing: Do not chew ice or other hard objects. Avoid chewing very sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies because they can damage or loosen the crown.
  • Eat anything Soft food would be better for few days.
  • Crown discomfort would to there for 2 days & will be adjusted soon. If not, please consult doctor.
  • If in case of damage of crown, visit doctor as early as possible.
  • After extraction, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site. If bleeding continues, call dental clinic.
  • After surgery, if incase of swelling, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 20 minutes. [Apply ICE, intermittently for 3 secs & reapply same for 15 minutes.
  • Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery.
  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Do not use a straw.
  • Do not spit.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not drink carbonated beverages or Alcohol.
  • Do not brush your teeth on the extracted site for 2-3 days. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing.
  • Do not put your finger / tongue on the extracted site.
  • Some bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face.
  • Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, milkshakes, fruit juice, and yogurt, for 2-3 days.
  • Because of anesthetic effect, numbness will be there for 1-2hrs, do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this.
  • Take medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • It is normal to experience some discomfort, sore spots and speech problems while getting used to your new dentures. Your dentures will need a few adjustments until you are comfortable. To help with speech, read aloud for a few minutes every day. Your mouth will adjust, and your speech will improve.
  • Your bite will need to be adjusted as your dentures settle.
  • It is important to clean your denture with a denture brush and mild toothpaste. Soaking your denture once a week in denture cleaner (eg; Polident) will keep them clean.
  • You should leave your dentures out for at least six hours to allow your gums to rest. Food particles trapped under the denture cause inflammation and sore spots. Brush the roof of your mouth as well as your gums and tongue. This will help keep your mouth healthy.
  • For partial dentures with metal clasps, special care should be taken while inserting and removing them. Keep your partials and remaining natural teeth absolutely clean to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
  • You should visit dentist to have your dentures and mouth check at least once a year. As changes in the mouth occur with further bone loss and wear on the teeth. These changes will make the denture not fit right thus causing trauma to your gums and bone leading to continuing damage.
  • With proper care we expect you to have years of satisfied use of your dentures. However, over time, there are changes in your jawbone and gums. When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining. Wearing ill-fitting dentures/partials for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Please call our office if these symptoms occur.
  • In case of denture damage, please to visit dental clinic for repair.
  • DO NOT eat hard food.[ Dentures are ONLY used to eat soft food]
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  • Fixed Appliance Instructions: The following information is to explain what to expect when you have your fixed appliance fitted and how to look after the brace to enable it to work effectively. If the instructions given are followed carefully, your treatment will progress swiftly to the best result.
  • Components of your fixed appliance: Your fixed appliance consists of small metal (or porcelain) attachments called brackets, fixed to your teeth with a special dental adhesive. The attachments are easily removed at the end of treatment, leaving your teeth unharmed. A wire and elastic components link these attachments and it is these that apply the force to move your teeth.
  • What to expect following fit of your fixed appliance: Rubbing: For the first 2-3 days the brackets may rub a little on the lips and cheeks. This is because the lips and cheeks are not used to the brackets being there. After a few days the lips stop bumping into the brackets and any soreness will settle. Over this period you could use the wax supplied to cover any particularly prominent brackets.
  • Tenderness: All the teeth are on the move now and so there may be some tenderness in the first few days. A soft, bland diet and painkillers if required should be all that is needed. If you have any discomfort that is not settling after 4-5 days or you feel that something has broken please get in touch as soon as possible.
  • Fixed braces do not usually affect your speech. Once the appliance has settled, any further discomfort should be minimal but your teeth can feel tender again following your brace adjustments.
  • Care of your fixed appliance: The appliances are very sophisticated and whilst they are carefully designed to tolerate being in the mouth, a little extra care is called for to keep them in good working order and prevent breakages.
  • It is your responsibility to prevent breakages, which with care should not occur. It is essential that the appliances are kept thoroughly clean to reduce the risk of damage to the teeth and gums during treatment.
  • Eating and diet: Please take time and care with your food, especially while your brace is new and you are still getting used to it. Cut up your food into smaller pieces.
  • Do not bite into foods such as crusty rolls, apples and carrots. Cut them up and eat them.
  • Avoid any type of chewy and sticky foods such as toffee, chewing gum, boiled sweets and tough meats. Avoid any type of hard and crusty foods such as crusty bread, pizza crust, mints, crunchy breakfast cereals and hard biscuits.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals and before bedtime.
  • Avoid fizzy or acidic drinks and large amounts of fruit juice. Avoid biting your nails or chewing your pen. Please remember that most patients do not have any breakages during their treatment time. If you have higher than average or consistent breakages, we may be forced to remove your brace early. Please remember that fewer breakages mean shorter treatment time. It is recommended that you wear a gum shield for contact sports or sports requiring a protective helmet.
  • Cleaning your teeth and brace: Neglecting your brushing and allowing plaque to accumulate around your brace is likely to cause permanent severe damage to your teeth and gums.
  • Braces can be kept clean as long as you take time and are thorough and disciplined over your brushing routine. You should always remember to: Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day for 3-4 minutes each time.
  • Use an interdental toothbrush to clean under the wires. If possible, carry a travel toothbrush with you for use after lunch. Use a daily alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash at a different time of the day to when you brush your teeth. Pay particular attention to brush where the gums meet the teeth.
  • Use disclosing tablets once or twice a week to monitor and improve your brushing.
  • Please remember we will be forced to stop your treatment if your tooth brushing is consistently poor to avoid damaging your teeth.
  • Please remember to attend your dental check-ups with your regular dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for decay.
  • Do take the opportunity when cleaning the teeth to check for any damage.
  • If there are any problems it is important that you let us know as soon as possible by phoning the practice. If the problem can be dealt with easily an extra visit may be avoided, however we will make time available to see you if there are more serious problems.
  • Remember that a broken brace is not working at its best and that it may even be causing unwanted tooth movements that will make your treatment taking longer. So, please keep in touch.
  • Finally, we would ask you respectfully to appreciate our efforts to keep the costs of providing our service to you as low as possible.
  • To do this it is essential that you do three things:
  • Follow our advice regarding your fixed brace.
  • Keep us closely informed of any problem that you may have.
  • Attend punctually at the time of your appointment.
  • You may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding after the surgery.
  • Make sure you don’t bite on numb lips or tongue cheek (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue). Until anesthesia wears off.
  • Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Apply an ice bag on your face over the surgical site on the day of surgery for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
  • Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow up checks.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.
  • Do not smoke or take alcohol, spit, or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).
  • Sutures may be placed that are removed based on the healing condition usually after a week.
  • Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime.
  • Swelling, minor pain and/or skin discoloration may be experienced following the surgical procedure. This will be temporary.
  • In order to keep the swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack for the first few hours after surgery (on for 10 minutes and off for 5 minutes).
  • The day after the surgery, use lukewarm water rinses for the treated area following each meal. This should continue for the first 3 days following the surgical procedure.
  • Eat only soft foods. Avoid hard and chewy foods.
  • Get plenty of rest and insure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soup, and milk. Use a vitamin supplement if desired. Try not to sleep on the operated area for 2-3 days.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.
  • Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime.
  • You may experience some discomfort, bleeding or swelling for few days after surgery.
  • Make sure you don’t bite on numb lips or tongue cheek (it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue). Until anesthesia wears off.
  • Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Apply an ice bag on your face over the surgical site on the day of surgery for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
  • Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow up checks.
  • DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • DO NOT brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area.
  • Do not smoke or take alcohol, spit, or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).
  • Sutures may be placed that are removed based on the healing condition usually after a week.
  • If any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime.
  • You have just had surgery completed for the reduction of periodontal pocketing and/or for replacement of bone in an area where pathology existed, or in conjunction with endosseous dental implant surgical placement.
  • You will have several sutures (stitches) placed at the surgical site. These sutures may or may not be resorbable. If you have been told that you received external silk sutures, they have to be removed by us. The sutures will cause a pulling of your tissue over the bone grafting site.
  • Since the bone graft site will have approximately 15 % more bone fill than what was naturally there, it is imperative that you do not pull up your lips or cheeks to show or examine the area. The undue pressure will cause the sutures to widen away from the surgical site, expose bone, create more pain, and delay healing dramatically. This delay can lead to the need for the area to be sutured again when you are seen for your 1 week post-surgical evaluation.
  • The sutures will remain in place for 2 to 3 weeks depending on the size of the graft, the severity of the pathology, and the condition of the tissue being sutured.
  • Your doctor will tell you what time period to expect, but keep in mind that this is not etched in stone and the doctor may extend the time before your sutures are removed to assure adequate healing and to avoid surgical regression.
  • You also may have a periodontal pack placed over the surgical site. The pack is pink in color and impregnated with antibiotic, which will protect the surgical site from infection and any washout of the particulate bone utilized to restore your jaw. The pack should be left in place for as long as possible. If a pack is placed the doctor will remove the packing at your 1 week follow up and decide if the packing should be replaced or kept off. Usually the packing is kept on for 7 to 10 days at a minimum. You must return to the office if your pack falls off before you are seen for your 1 week follow up.
  • Your maintenance during healing has to be completed carefully.
  • You can brush in every area except where the periodontal pack is placed. It is imperative that you use NO ASTRINGENTS such as mouth wash or antiseptic solutions during the healing period of your bone graft.
  • Listerine, Viadent, or any other potentially caustic agent can RUIN your bone grafting procedure if contaminated, and require a replacement bone graft. The doctor and our staff will reiterate this to you at, during, and after your bone graft surgical procedure.
  • After the first stages of healing are satisfactory, we will provide you with normal saline and instruct you on how to use it (with or without the addition of salt), as well as irrigation syringes for cleaning the surgical site.
  • Since bone grows and heals slowly, it requires conditions conducive to a proper environment and blood supply. Thus, it is imperative that immediately after your bone graft you alter your diet, as you would for any oral surgical procedure. This means that you should not eat anything that is too large, too hot, or too sticky. Your food should be tepid or on the cool side. Any food that is too hot will have a deleterious effect on your surgical procedure.
  • If for some reason you have questions about anything post-surgically, please call the office and we will inform you of the proper action to take.
  • Smoking after any oral surgical procedure will ALWAYS delay or disrupt normal healing due to a decrease in oxygenation of the tissue that is healing. Smoking should therefore be stopped for the first 7 to 10 days to allow for adequate initial tissue closure.
  • Bone grafting is a very predictable surgical procedure when done correctly and when patient cooperation is adhered to. Please try to be reasonable in understanding that this procedure has inherent risks associated with it, as stated in your informed consents. Some of these risks are also pertinent to your post-operative care.
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