After Cosmetic Reconstruction
You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.
It often will take time to adjust to the feel of a new bite. When a bite is altered, it can takes several days for the brain to recognize the new tooth position. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite after treatment, call our office at Kenneth M. Van Stralen, DDS Phone Number 703-317-3900 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 (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.
Your speech may be affected for the first few days.Most patients quickly adapt and begin speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation as you become accustom to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside in about a week.
Maintain normal daily brushing and flossing of 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, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
If you engage in contact sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night and we have fabricated you a nightguard, remember to wear the night guard to protect your teeth. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.