Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Bite

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 Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

Sensitivity

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. Your teeth and gums will require some healing time and may be sensitive in the meantime.

To ease some discomfort we recommend:
Warm salt water rinses
Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle three times a day to reduce pain and swelling.

If your discomfort persists, please call Drs. Luczynski, McDonald or Haase at Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949 for other remedies and instructions.

Speech

While your body adapts to changes in your mouth, you may notice increased salivation and altered speech temporarily. There is no need for alarm–both should subside within a week. You will find that you will quickly adapt to your new bite.

Hygiene

Daily brushing and flossing and regular cleaning appointments are absolutely critical for the success of your new dental work.

Food + Drink

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. Certain food and drinks that stain (like coffee, red wine, tea, and berries) as well as activities like smoking will stain your new teeth.

Protection

If you are a weekend warrior or involved in sports, let us know. We can create a custom-fit mouthguard to protect your new teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, consistently wearing the night guard that we have provided for you will keep your new dental work protected.

Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile can take time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949.

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Numbness

Once you have your temporary crown or bridge in place, please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness of the local anesthesia has completely worn off.

Temporaries

If your temporary crown falls off, please call us at Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949. We will have you bring it in and have it reset in place. It is important that the temporary remain in place while the permanent tooth is created so that your teeth do not move and compromise the fit of the new crown.

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 could dislodge the temporary. When flossing, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

Sensitivity

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity. Your teeth and gums will require some healing time and may be sensitive in the meantime.

To ease some discomfort we recommend:
Warm salt water rinses
Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle three times a day to reduce pain and swelling.

If your discomfort persists, please call Drs. Luczynski, McDonald or Haase at Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949 for other remedies and instructions.

Other Problems?

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Uptown Smiles Dentistry Phone Number 619-297-2949.