POST OPERATION CARE INSTRUCTIONS

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    Once you have undergone your operation with one of our qualified dentists, you should follow the instructions below carefully.

    Bleaching at home

    • Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth.
    • After removing the cap from the bleach syringe tip, spread the contents evenly into the deepest portion of the tray and toward the facial side of the tray. 1/4 to 1/3 of the syringe will be necessary.
    • Seat the tray over the teeth. Gently remove any excess gel that may flow beyond the tray’s edge with a toothbrush or a clean finger.
    • Rinse your mouth twice, being careful not to swallow.
    • You may wear your trays overnight or during the day for ½ -3hrs.
    • After the prescribed time, remove the tray.
    • Clean gel from the tray.
    • The tray should be removed before eating or drinking liquids.
    • Please do not smoke while the tray is in your mouth.
    • Do not use whitening products while pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Do not eat while wearing your custom trays.
    • Do not use tobacco products while wearing your trays.
    • Do not expose the syringes to heat or sunlight.
    • Do not freeze the bleach syringes.
    • Bleach syringes can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 years from date of issue.

    Please remember that teeth are naturally darker along the gum line, so these areas may require more time to lighten than the rest of the tooth surface. When bleaching, a small percentage of patients will experience sensitivity. 

    If this is the case, you should contact your dentist. Foods and juices high in citric acid can cause sensitivity to the teeth.

    Coffee, tobacco and other such products may re-stain your teeth over time. To maintain your white smile, regular checkups and cleanings are important.

    After a crown or bridge

    If you have been under local anaesthetic, then you should always be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. It is recommended to avoid eating chewy foods until the numbness has worn off.

    It is important that the temporary crown stays in place until the permanent crown is inserted. If the temporary crown becomes dislodged or feels uncomfortable, please call us so that we may see you as soon as possible. Do not attempt to glue the crown back in yourself or 'go without it'. It is important that you see one of our qualified dentists right away.

    To avoid pulling the temporary crown off you should avoid flossing but do brush carefully and thoroughly.

    It is extremely important to maintain excellent oral hygiene with your new crown or bridge, as they are still susceptible to decay near the gum line. Normal brushing and flossing are a must, and the additional use of a fluoride toothpaste or gel is an excellent way of preventing root decay.

    It is essential to remember that crowns and bridges have an outer layer of ceramic, a material that has the potential to fracture. You should never do anything to damage the crown such as chewing ice.

    To remove plaque, you can use a bridge threader, which is readily available at most pharmacies. One of our qualified dentists would be happy to demonstrate how this is used.

    After a root canal

    After receiving a root canal, it is not unusual for the tooth to feel uncomfortable or exhibit a dull ache. This should go away within a few days. If you feel discomfort in an area unrelated to the treated area, this may be due to inflammation or an increase in blood volume that naturally occurs during the healing process. Warm salt-water rinses for the next two days will help with any discomfort, and you should avoid chewing on the side of the treatment until the tenderness is gone.

    You may want to put an ice pack over the treatment area when you first get home. If you wish to do so, apply the ice pack every hour for 10 to 15 minutes during the first 4-6 hours. It is also recommended that you eat a soft diet for at least two days and remember not to chew food on the treated side.

    We recommend you take something for pain relief within one hour of leaving our office, to get the medication into your blood system before the anesthesia we administered begins to subside. Generally, only one dose is needed. We recommend ibuprofen (Nuprin, Advil, or Motrin) at 800 mg (four tablets). Two to four tablets may be taken four times a day for the next 3-4 days to help control the sensitivity in this area.

    Occasionally, a small bubble will appear on the gum tissue within a few days. This represents the release of pressure and bacteria, which can no longer be sustained around the tooth. This should disappear within a few days.

    Once you have received your treatment, you will need a crown to protect the tooth. A delay in obtaining the crown may result in a fracture or possible loss of the tooth.

    If your root canal does not heal after treatment, you will experience either a mild to severe pain or notice bone dissolving around the root tips. If the non-healing is due to infection, antibiotics will usually resolve this. If they do not help you will need to retreat the root canal. To make sure everything is running smoothly, we will contact you in six months for a re-examination.

    After a filling

    If you have been under general anaesthetic, then you should always be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. It is recommended to avoid eating chewy foods until the numbness has worn off. If your filling remains sensitive after a few weeks, then you should let your dentist know. If this pain is sharp or shocking, then you should tell your dentist immediately as your filling may need to be corrected.

    Fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 16 years depending on how you care for them. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly will help make your filling last as long as possible. You can also brush your teeth with a special fluoride gel, which is available from one of our qualified dentists.

    Post extraction

    On the day of surgery, you should avoid vigorous rinsing of your mouth. On the day following surgery, you should gently rinse your mouth with warm salty water. You should do this first thing in the morning, last thing in the evening, and after any meals. Continue this until healing has occurred. After you leave the surgery, it is important to leave the gauze pack on for 15 minutes. If there is still some bleeding once you have done so, apply a fresh gauze pack and bite down firmly for another 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary. It is quite normal to have a small amount of blood in your saliva in the first few hours following the surgery, but please do contact us if you are concerned that the bleeding is excessive. You should have nothing to eat or drink for the first two hours following surgery. Please be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks and avoid eating chewy foods until the numbness has worn off. You should try to avoid excessively hot or cold foods for the next couple of days. Finally, it is important to rest for the remainder of the day following surgery, keeping your head elevated with a couple of pillows. If you have any questions regarding any of the instructions you have just read, contact us today and speak to one of our qualified dentists.

    Call Alstonville Family Dental on 02 6628 8556 today to speak to one of our qualified dentists.

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