3631 Maplewood Ave Suite 3
Wichita Falls,Texas 76308

Home Care Instructions

Remember that it will take some time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When your bite is altered or the position of your teeth is changed it can take 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 (940) 692-8100 so that we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will 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 will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (Ibuprofen (Motrin) 600mg every 6 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and speak normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is due to your brain’s response to the new size and shape of your teeth. This symptom should be gone in about a week.

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, pencils, etc.) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize and avoid foods like coffee, red wine, tea, and berries.

If you engage in sport activities, let us know so that we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If any problems persist or you have any concerns, please let us know. We welcome your questions.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and 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 become numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely gone.

Occasionally, a temporary crown may come off. Call us at (940) 692-8100 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so that we can recement it. It’s imperative that the temporary crown stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth foam moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky food (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 because it may dislodge the temporary. Pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used under the direction of our 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 (940) 692-8100.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. This is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the procedure. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. This may be required several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and cause the healing process to regress. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours because this will increase blood pressure, which could cause more bleeding at the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medication as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. If the medication doesn’t seem to be working, call the office at (940) 692-8100. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as it becomes comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after a 24 hour period. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (940) 692-8100.

After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

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

It is normal to have some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Aspirin (once every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the sensitivity. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to temperature increases, contact us at (940) 692-8100.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic 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 (940) 692-8100.