Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Dental 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 as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is not abnormal to experience minor temperature sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after alteration of tooth structure and may be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day help to reduce your discomfort. A mild pain medication (Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as instructed) should ease any residual discomfort. Your physician should approve all medication prior to you taking it, even if it is over-the-counter medication. Please call Dr. Abbey with any questions or concerns regarding medication if you are unsure. 

Speech and ability to function and chew may take a few days to feel “normal”. If you are still experiencing concerns with chewing after a few days, please do not hesitate to contact the office. One or two adjustments may be needed to accommodate your functional habits. This is expected in cases where multiple teeth are involved in treatment. 

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, or pencils) and 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 suspect or been told that you grind your teeth at night, we recommend a custom night guard be fabricated to minimize stress on your new teeth.

Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile may take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions and concerns because  your happiness is our goal.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Dental crowns and dental bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth and gums from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration. Please do not superglue your temporary crown in your mouth. 

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown. This was demonstrated during your appointment but if there is any confusion, please call the office.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few days after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office and approved by your physician.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666.

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After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. The following activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. This is referred to as a Dry Socket and can be painful.

  • Do not rinse vigorously with any form of mouthwash or rinse
  • Avoid spitting (This includes toothpaste, excess saliva, rinses, etc)
  • Avoid sucking through straws
  • Avoid smoking and do not drink alcohol
  • Refrain from brushing the teeth directly next to the extraction site for 72 hours. A soft-bristled brush can be used lightly. The remainder of the mouth can be brushed according to your normal routine. *Do not spit out the toothpaste*

Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications only as directed/prescribed by your dentist or physician. Any swelling will usually subsides after 48 hours. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.

Drink a lot of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine for the remainder of the mouth after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will be feeling better and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666.

“Peace of mind” can be so healing, so if you are having a concern, do not hesitate to get your questions answered. We are here for you. 

After Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some temperature & pressure sensitivity after your dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen work well to alleviate the tenderness but must be approved by your physician or dentist prior to taking. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dupay Dentistry Phone Number (239) 498-9666.