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Home Instructions

home_instructionAfter Anesthesia- your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.  Please avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has worn off to avoid burning and /or biting your tongue or lip.

After Composite Fillings- you may chew as soon as the anesthetic wears off.  It is normal to experience temperature (hot and cold) and pressure (chewing) sensitivity after your appointment.  Injections sites may also be sore.  We recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medication every 6-8 hours to alleviate the discomfort.  If pressure sensitivity persists beyond few days, please contact our office.

After crown and bridge- these visits usually take two or three appointments to complete.  We place temporary crowns or bridges to protect the teeth while the custom restorations are being made.  In the event, the temporary comes off, please call our office immediately and bring the temporary with you so we may re-cement it.  Please avoid chewing anything sticky (gums or candies) or hard food and if possible, chew on the opposite side.

After tooth extraction- please keep biting on the gauze we give you for an hour, changing the gauze every 10-15 minutes.   If excessive bleeding persists over 3-6 hours, please contact our office.  Do not rinse vigorously, drink from a straw, smoke or brush at the site of extraction for 2 days.  You may experience swelling and discomfort.  Take pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor and continue taking them for the indicated length of time.  You may apply an ice pack in the area of swelling and the swelling should subside in 36-48 hours.  Eat lots of proteins (milk, cheese, beans, yogurt) to improve healing time.

If you experience severe allergic reactions-rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, swallowing, tightness in the chest, confusion, persistent sore throat, seizures, severe diarrhea, unusual bruising or fainting…PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AND SEEK EMERGENCY CARE IMMEDIATELY