After Care

Did you just undergo a dental treatment?

Read through the detailed dental treatment aftercare information provided by the dentists at Appletree Dentistry.

After Composite Fillings

An anesthetic is used for your composite fillings. You will experience numbness on your lips and tongue for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing or consuming hot beverages till your numbness has completely worn off because it’s easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip. You will experience sensitivity to heat, coolness, and pressure after your appointment. The injection sites may also be sore, and you can take Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol, or an aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed) to alleviate the tenderness. If your pressure sensitivity persists for a few days, or if your sensitivity to heat or coolness increases, give us a call as soon as possible! Once your numbness completely wears off, you may chew with your composite fillings. 

However, if your bite feels uneven, or you’re experiencing persistent pain, get in touch with us. You can also call us if you have any other questions or concerns!

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

It will take several days for your brain to recognize the new position of your teeth. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, visit us! You might also experience hot and cold sensitivity. Rinsing with warm salt water a few times a day will reduce the pain and swelling. One tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours should also help. Avoid hard foods such as almonds, ice, peanut brittle, jolly ranchers, and sticky candies. Are you into sports? Let us know, and we’ll make a custom mouth guard. You should also wear a night guard if you grind your teeth at night.

After Crown & Bridge Treatments

Crown bridges usually take two or three appointments to be completed. In the first visit, the teeth are prepped and molds of the mouth are taken. A temporary crown or bridge is put to protect your teeth while the permanent crown is being made. The tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may be numb so refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness has worn off. If the temporary crown comes off, contact us to get it re-cemented. You may also experience sensitivity to temperature and pressure after each appointment. However, it will subside once the permanent crown is seated.

If your bite feels uneven, visit us to get the adjustment done.

After Tooth Extraction

After your tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form. This helps stop the bleeding and begins the healing process. You need to bite a gauze pad for 30-40 minutes after the appointment for the blood clot formation. Avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing your teeth for 72 hours. You also need to take the pain medications as prescribed to minimize the pain. Use an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas on the extraction area to reduce the swelling. You need to drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours to speed the healing process and to keep your mouth fresh and clean.

 If you’re experiencing heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling, or a reaction to the medication, get in touch with us immediately!

After Wisdom Teeth Removal

After the wisdom teeth removal surgery, you might experience some pain which can be relieved with pain medications provided by the dentist. You might probably have some facial swelling and bruising for several days. If you bleed, bite on a piece of gauze or a moist tea bag to help reduce it. Eat soft food, or maintain a liquid diet while you’re recovering. Don’t use a straw as it can disturb the newly formed blood clots. You may brush your teeth, but be very gentle. You can get back to your normal routine after the treatment, but it completely depends on your pain level and condition.

If you experience any unusual symptoms during the recovery, get in touch with us as soon as possible.

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