Congratulations! You have just completed some of the finest dentistry available today. Your teeth have been restored with microscopic precision using the finest materials and care. You can anticipate experiencing a future of comfort, durability and beauty with your new restorations. In order to fully enjoy your new teeth, there are a few things you may want to know to help the experience be more comfortable and rewarding for you.
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 hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites and the gums may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (Use as directed or see instructions on package) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to cold or hot increases, please contact our office.
You may chew on your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off since they are fully set when you leave the office. Like the teeth, fillings can break when excess force is applied to the tooth. Always avoid chewing hard foods and objects like corn nuts, ice or pencils. Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth. Also avoid chewing sticky candy and using your teeth as tools.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 425-688-1345. Thank you for entrusting us with your dental care. We appreciate your business and loyalty and we would enjoy serving you, your friends and your family again.