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Home Care Instructions


After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at (403) 289-7055 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after some procedures 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.

Don't be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You'll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for 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 sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you. 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.


After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments 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 the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the 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.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at (403) 289-7055 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

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 which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

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 as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (403) 289-7055.


After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That's why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office at (403) 289-7055 if the medication doesn't seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (403) 289-7055.


After Composite Fillings (white fillings)

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 may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at (403) 289-7055.

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, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (403) 289-7055.


After Root Canal Therapy (RCT)

When we complete the root canal therapy, we put a temporary filling to cover the hole (access), it is soft and will take about 24 hours to harden. Try not to chew on the treated tooth, let the tooth rest. If the temporary filling falls out, you can come back to our office and we will put the temporary filling back for you.
After the procedure, you may feel dull soreness of the treated tooth, as well as on the gum tissues around the tooth. This is a normal reaction, you can rinse with warm salt water, take some over the counter pain medication, or use the Dentist’s prescription.
Do not chew hard food on the treated tooth before you have the permanent restoration, such as a crown. You may fracture the tooth by biting hard.
If you have any swelling on the gum around the treated tooth, swelling on the jaw, throbbing pain, you may need to take a course of antibiotics. This sometimes occurs after Root canal therapy.
After Root canal therapy you will wait about 1 – 2 weeks to let the tissues heal, and then you will see your regular dentist for post/core and crown restoration. If the tooth still bothers you, you may need to follow up with us, postpone and reschedule the appointment for the post/core and crown.


After New Dentures

Your mouth may develop a few sore spots after the first day of wearing your new prosthesis. These areas can be relieved easily at your follow-up appointments. You may not feel entirely comfortable for a period of days. We will adjust the way your teeth contact at your follow-up appointment. Dentures can affect the taste of food and acquire stains and odor. Proper cleaning is required. Do not wear your dentures to bed. Your gum tissue and jaw bones need the rest in order to prevent tissue irritation, infection any future shrinkage.

Over time, worn dentures may need to be replaced and relines may be necessary to achieve a snug fit again. To ensure these changes are monitored appropriately, we recommend an annual dental checkup of your tissues and dentures.


After Laser Gum Recontouring Procedure

The laser gum recontouring procedure is undoubtedly painless thanks to anesthetics and non-invasive laser techniques. The new laser technology means that recovery times are reduced because blood vessels are cauterised during surgery. After gum lifting procedure, some patients may experience sore or swollen gums for up to a week.  The discomfort however is minimal, and will not interfere with daily activities such as speaking, eating, or drinking.  


After Teeth Whitening

Congratulations on completing the tooth whitening process!

After teeth whitening process, there are a few guidelines to help maintain the look of your new smile.The next 48 hours are very important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results for a long lasting, bright and healthy smile. During this period, we ask you to avoid certain stain leaving foods and products. 

 You CAN NOT eat or drink:

* Berry pie, blueberries or blackberries, red sauces, red meat, soy sauce or steak sauce, mustard, ketchup, grapes or any fruit with color,

* Cola, Coffee, Tea, Red wine, or any other colored drink.

* Please, do not smoke and do not use your lipstick. 

Practice good oral hygiene including thorough tooth brushing, flossing to remove debris from between the teeth, and tongue cleaning.

You may experience some tooth sensitivity during this period. To prevent this take 600mg of Ibuprofen (3 tabs of regular Advil or Motrin) every 4 hours for 24 hours.


Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns at 403 289 7055.

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Location: Suite 208, 2003 - 14 Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2M-3N4

Phone: 403.289.7055
Fax: 403.220.0069