Shalman Dentistry

Recovery & Post Care

Making sure your dental treatment goes as well as possible requires being aware of what to anticipate before, during, and after the procedure. Additionally, this aids in your subsequent recovery.

General Guidelines for all procedures:

Pay close attention to all instructions provided by your doctor, and above all, maintain proper dental hygiene. Below is a list of additional guidelines that should be followed after certain treatments. Please call our office in case of an emergency. Call 911 or go to the closest emergency room if you are having a major or life-threatening emergency.

Care After Composite Fillings

You will lose sensation in your lips and tongue for a few hours following the procedure if an anesthetic was used. When your mouth is numb, it is incredibly simple to bite or burn your lips or tongue, so refrain from eating and drinking hot liquids until the numbness has entirely worn off.

Following treatment, you’ll likely feel some pressure, heat, and cold sensitivity. Your injection sites can also be painful. You may use aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol to reduce discomfort and soreness.

You can chew with your composite files once the anesthesia has entirely worn off since they have totally hardened following the treatment. If you continue to feel sensitive to pressure, heat, or cold, or if your bite seems uneven after several days, please get in touch with our office.

Care After Crown and/or Bridge Procedures

Crowns and bridges are frequently completed over the course of two or three dental appointments. An impression is made after the necessary preparation during your initial visit.

Temporary crowns or bridges will be placed to protect your teeth while the permanent restoration is being developed. Because your teeth will be anesthetized, you will lose sensation in your tongue, lips, and the roof of your mouth. Hot beverages and foods should be avoided until the loss of sensation has completely gone away.

In case your temporary crown or bridge breaks off, please contact us and bring it in so we may re-cement it. Your temporary bridge or crown holds your other teeth in place. It is crucial that the temporary crown or bridge remain in place in order to preserve the fit of your final restoration.

Eat less sticky and hard foods to prevent shifting of your temporary crown or bridge. Carefully floss each temporary crown you have. Avoid tugging up on the floss, as this might cause the temporary crown to fall out.

Your teeth may be somewhat sensitive to different temperatures and pressure following each appointment. The sensitivity should go away within a few weeks of the insertion of the last restoration. Mild painkillers may be used as prescribed by our office.

If your suffering continues or if you have any other inquiries or worries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office.

Care after Cosmetic Reconstruction

It usually takes a little while to adjust to your new bite and how your teeth fit together after a smile makeover. If your bite or tooth position has altered, it may take several days for your brain to register the new location of your teeth and their varied thicknesses. If, after a few days, you still feel uncomfortable or have any high spots or concerns with your bite, please call our office and we will schedule an appointment to make any required corrections.

As your teeth need time to repair after losing tooth structure, you may also feel some sensitivity to heat and cold. The same goes for your gums, which might hurt for several days. Your soreness and swelling will go down with three warm saltwater rinses each day. Additionally, taking a mild pain reliever like Tylenol or Ibuprofen following your treatment should lessen any lingering discomfort.

Do not panic if you experience difficulty speaking. You will easily get used to speaking properly within a matter of days. Please brush your teeth and use dental floss carefully every day. It is essential for maintaining your new teeth’s proper condition and lifespan. Naturally, making regular cleaning appointments is just as crucial.

Let us know whether you experience nighttime bruxism, and we’ll make a mouthguard just for you. You should also wear this if you are an athlete. It always takes some getting used to the appearance and feel of your new smile, but if you experience any issues, just let us know. We are delighted to address them at any time.

Care after Tooth Extraction

A blood clot must develop after dental extraction in order to halt the bleeding and start the healing process. You will be required to bite on gauze for around 30 minutes following your treatment in order to achieve this. Simply repeat this procedure using new gauze if you see that the bleeding or leaking is still present. It is normal to repeat this process multiple times.

When a blood clot has developed, it is crucial to avoid disturbing or removing it. Hence refrain from brushing your teeth and abstain from drinking and smoking during the following 72 hours. Additionally, you must avoid engaging in any strenuous activity for the following 24 hours since this might raise your blood pressure and worsen the bleeding.

Moderate soreness and edema are typical following tooth extraction. To minimize swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected area. Additionally, take painkillers as prescribed. The swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours.

If you notice that the painkillers you were prescribed are not proving to be effective, please feel free to contact our office. Even after the signs and symptoms of infection have subsided, you should keep taking antibiotics for the specified period of time if they have been recommended. On the day of the extraction, eat healthy soft meals and drink enough water. As soon as you feel at ease, you can resume eating normally.

Resuming your regular dental care after 24 hours will hasten your recovery time and maintain your mouth fresh and clean. You can resume your regular activities in a few days.

Heavy bleeding, excruciating pain, and persistent swelling can occasionally last for two to three days. If this occurs to you, kindly get in touch with our office right away.

Page Updated on Oct 11, 2022 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

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New York, NY 10011
(10th St, between 5th & 6th Avenue)
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