Home Dental Care Instructions

It is crucial that you take proper care of your teeth at home after a dental procedure in our Newmarket, ON office.

Home Dental Care InstructionsWhen you come see us at Amberwood Dental Centre for a dental procedure, it’s important that you take proper care of your teeth once you leave our Newmarket, Ontario office. Here are some of the home care instructions we have compiled for bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, tooth extractions, and composite fillings.

Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

After the addition of a porcelain veneer or bonding, it will take a little time to get used to the way your new bite feels. Keep in mind that your teeth will need some time to heal after the removal of the 1 mm of tooth structure and may be sensitive to hot and cold for a few days. Your gums may also be a little tender during this time period. Additionally, if your speech is affected by a porcelain or bonding addition, don’t worry. You will learn to adapt to speaking normally within just a few days.

We recommend rinsing your teeth with a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water about three times a day to minimize any swelling or discomfort that may occur. If necessary, you may also want to take a mild pain medication every 4-6 hours to help with the pain. As your teeth heal, you may notice that you salivate more than usual, but this effect should subside within about a week.

Once you have had the bonding or porcelain veneer procedure done, it is essential that you care for your new cosmetic addition by brushing and flossing daily. You should also avoid foods that could crack, chip or damage your teeth and minimize foods in your diet that could stain your teeth, like coffee, tea, and berries.

Crowns and Bridges

After you have crown or bridge work done, your teeth, tongue, lips, and mouth may be numb. We encourage you to not eat or drink until your mouth has regained full feeling. To keep your crown or bridge in place after the conclusion of the final appointment, it is best to avoid eating sticky foods and hard foods that could damage these additions. We also encourage you to brush and floss regularly to preserve the look of your new smile. However, be careful while you floss so you don’t dislodge a temporary bridge or crown.

Remember, after each crown or bridge appointment, it is normal to experience some sensitivity to temperature and pressure. However, this discomfort should go away within a few weeks after we complete the restoration process. If this pain persists, your temporary bridge or crown comes off, or you find that mild pain medications have no effect on your discomfort, please give our office a call as soon as possible.

Tooth Extractions

When you have a tooth removed, it is essential for a blood clot to form so that the bleeding stops and the healing process can begin. After your appointment, we ask you to continue to bite on a gauze pad for about 30 to 45 minutes. If the bleeding won’t stop, you should add a new gauze pad to the area and then bite down on it firmly for another 30 minutes.

Once a clot develops, it’s important that it does not become dislodged. For this reason, do not use straws, smoke, drink alcohol, rinse your mouth vigorously, or brush next to the extraction site for the following 72 hours. You should also avoid rigorous exercise for 24 hours after the extraction procedure because this can increase your blood pressure and cause unnecessary bleeding.

After a tooth extraction, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. To keep swelling to a minimum, you may want to apply an ice pack to the area near the extraction site. To ease the pain, you can also take any pain medications we prescribe to you.

If we prescribed antibiotics, you must continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if you don’t notice any signs of infection. As you recover from this procedure, eat soft foods, diligently hydrate yourself, and be mindful of the extraction site while eating and cleaning your mouth for three days after the tooth removal process.

Composite Fillings

When we apply a filling to one of your teeth, your tongue and lips may be numb for a few hours if we used an anesthetic during the procedure. Avoid chewing and drinking warm beverages until your mouth is no longer numb. If you experience any pain or discomfort, we recommend taking a mild pain medication every four to six hours. However, if this pain persists beyond a few days or your bite feels uneven, please contact our office.