After Your Procedure
Whether you have come for simple teeth whitening or a more complex root canal, it is normal to have sensitivity, speech difficulty, pain and some bleeding after your treatment. Most likely, you will be informed of the temporary after effects of your procedure during your visit at Robertson Family Dentistry. In any case, we want to provide some remedies below. If you feel that your symptoms are more severe than just the typical after effects, never hesitate to revisit our office for an examination and stronger professional remedy.
Crown & Bridge
As we mentioned in the crown and bridge section, it will likely take a little while before you are used to your new bite. We recommend eating soft foods until you are comfortable. Regardless, it is important that your other teeth are taken care of by brushing at least twice per day, flossing at least once per day, and using antiseptic mouth wash.
After receiving dental implants, you will likely experience discomfort including some swelling in your face and gums as well as some bleeding and bruising. We typically prescribe prescription pain medication with strong recommendations on how to alleviate the pain. The healing time can vary from person to person, but a dental implant typically takes up to six months.
Veneers will last up to ten years before they need replacing. They really don’t require any special care other than the care you currently provide with good oral hygiene. We do caution our patients to avoid food and beverages that can cause stains such as red wine, coffee and tea as often as possible. While the veneers are heavily resistant to stains, partaking of these types of foods and beverages often can take its toll.
After having your tooth filling, it is likely that your tooth will be highly sensitive for a couple of weeks, but will soon pass without you even realizing it. Until that time, the rule of thumb is to simply avoid anything that causes your tooth to hurt. If after a month you are still experiencing considerable pain, we can apply a desensitizing agent to the area or look at the possibilities of a root canal procedure.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canals have a reputation for immense pain after procedures, but with the right management based on our recommendations you should experience minimal problems. During your procedure we have given you at least one form of anesthetic which has created numbness in your gums and lips, making it difficult to speak. This anesthetic will wear off and you will regain sensations which can cause some throbbing pain, but we will be prescribing a painkiller to counter that pain. You shouldn’t experience this type of pain more than a few days. Overall, if you are wise with your management of the pain you shouldn’t have many problems. In any case, always call our office for proper instructions on managing this pain.
In the case that we have to remove a tooth, we will be providing immediate instruction while you are here on how to alleviate the excessive bleeding which can take up to 45 minutes. You will likely be biting on a gauze pad during this time until the bleeding stops. We will steer you away from trying to rinse the blood and will steer you away from drinking alcohol beverages or smoking upon extraction for at least the next 72 hours. Swelling is to be expected. An ice pack should be applied to keep the swelling to a minimum. We will be prescribing oral pain medication to alleviate most of the pain you are experiencing. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding, severe pain or swelling beyond a couple of days, contact our office for further instruction.
We don’t expect that you will experience much discomfort at all with your dentures. However, if you are having problems with the dentures not fitting properly, we will want to make some adjustments until you are comfortable. Don’t be surprised if we have to make a few adjustments over the next year as your gums shrink due to healing from the tooth loss. We will give you a thorough education and likely send you home with some instructional sheets on how to care for your dentures regularly.
The most obvious after care treatment is to avoid any problems that led to gum disease in the first place. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice per day, flossing regularly, and using an antiseptic mouth wash. We will likely recommend a more frequent visitation habit so that we can ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Overall, we want to take every precaution to prevent you from needing series gum treatment in the future.