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Crowns and bridges usually take more than one appointment 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 your custom restoration is being made. Your tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off. To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (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 as it may dislodge the temporary crown. If your temporary crown falls off, call our office immediately so we may re-cement it.

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 to alleviate any tenderness.

Your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after filling treatments. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off to avoid inadvertently biting or burning your tongue and lips.

It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours) should reduce any discomfort.

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.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain or if sensitivity to hot or cold increases, please contact our office.

How to care: Proper care can keep both your dentures and mouth in good shape. These tips will help you learn the correct way to clean, handle and store your dentures

Cleaning You should brush your dentures everyday with a soft brissiled toothbrush to remove food and plaque. The same goes for your gums and tongue.

Handling Dentures are very delicate and can break easily if they are dropped. When handling your dentures always hold them over a soft towel or fill your sink up with water.

Storing Dentures can become warped if they dry out or are placed in hot water. When you are not wearing them, your dentures should always be kept in water (not hot) or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.


  • You should never wrap your dentures in a paper towel because they could easily get thrown away
  • Never use household product to clean dentures other than mild dish soap or liquid hand soap
  • Always keep your dentures out of reach from children and pets, kids love to play with them and dogs love to chew them up
  • Bite down on the gauze pack we’ve put in for the first thirty minutes after extraction. Use the extra gauze we gave to make packs and bite down on these the rest of the day. If the wound is still bleeding/oozing
  • Biting down on a wet tea bag can help stop the bleeding. The tannic acid in the tea helps stops bleeding.
  • No heavy/vigorous spitting, sucking, rising or sucking through a straw- All this will promote bleeding and can will prevent a clot from forming or dislodge a clot that’s already formed. Without clot formation, you can get a dry socket.
  • Children- Parents, please watch that your child does not chew on lip or tongue.
  • Smokers- No Smoking- Smoking will prevent healing and/ or cause a dry socket
  • To prevent swelling- For the first 12 hours, apply an ice pack on the outside of your face- 20 minutes ON and 20 minutes OFF . Do not put anything hot on your face as this will increase the swelling.
  • For pain, you can take whatever you would for a headache. Over the counter pain medicines such as Tylenol or advil are good pain relievers. If you were given prescription(s). Please take them as instructed.
  • Diet- Eat a cold and a soft diet for the next few days to avoid injuring extraction site, your lips, cheeks and/or tongue. Chew on the side away from the wound. Drink plenty of fluids
  • After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in a glass of warm water) to promote healing.
  • Oral Hygiene – After 8 hours, you can brush all your other teeth. No brushing of the extraction site
  • Any suture placed will dissolve in 7-10 days

Thank you for your cooperation during the root canal treatment. Although it is a lengthy, tedious procedure, root canal treatment is responsible for saving many thousands of teeth from extraction. The nerve and blood supply in the tooth has been removed and replaced with a filling material.

When the anesthesia wears off, there may be some sensitivity. This is only temporary. Sometimes extreme sensitivity to cold, hot or pressure can be experienced for several days following treatment. The tooth may be particularly sensitive when biting on it. If this happens, there is no need to be alarmed as the sensitivity will be relieved on its own.

Any sensitivity lasting longer than a week may indicate a need for further treatment. Please call our office to make an appointment in this case.

The temporary filling that has been placed in the tooth is designed to make the tooth feel natural to you. If the temporary filling falls out or breaks there is no need to worry, for it does not require immediate attention. We will replace it at your next appointment.

Should you have any further questions, please call our office.