After any dental procedure, our dentists and team at Smith Family Dental will provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions. Please feel free to contact us at 801-266-4427 if you have questions, or to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Morgan Smith in Murray, Utah.
We have provided basic instructions for some of the most common procedures performed at our office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us for more information.
- After Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction
- After Crown or Bridge Placement
- After a Tooth Extraction
- After the Placement of a Composite Filling
After Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction
Remember that it will take a few days for you to adjust the feel of your new bite. If you continue to detect problems with your bite after a few days has gone by, call and schedule an appointment with our dentists to adjust your bite.
You will experience some sensitivity to heat and cold, and your gums may be sore for a few days. We recommend using a warm salt water rinse (1 tsp. salt in 8 oz. of water) three times a day to reduce pain and swelling. You may also use mild pain relievers (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Motrin).
If your speech is affected, don’t worry. After a few days you will adjust and be able to speak normally again. You may also experience increased salivation, which should subside to normal in about a week.
We recommend that you:
- Continue to brush and floss daily. Regular home care and cleaning appointment with our dentists are critical for the long-term success of your teeth.
- Avoid foods that can crack, chip, or damage your teeth, such as hard and sticky foods.
- Be fitted for a custom sports mouth guard or a night guard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night. This will prevent damage to your smile.
Be aware that smoking or other tobacco use will stain your teeth. We recommend that you consider quitting. Other foods and drinks may stain your teeth as well, including coffee, red wine, tea, and berries.
After Crown or Bridge Placement
Dental crowns and bridges typically take 2-3 appointments to complete. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared for the restoration and molds are taken from which the crowns and bridges are constructed. At the end of this appointment, temporary restorations will be placed. We recommend that you:
- Avoid eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness from the anesthetic has worn off.
- Avoid eating sticky or hard foods.
- If possible, chew on the other side of your mouth.
- Brush normally, but floss carefully, and do not pull up on the floss. This may dislodge the temporary. Instead, pull the floss out from the side.
- Use any prescribed or recommended pain relief medication as directed by our dentists.
If your temporary comes off, call us at 801-266-4427 so that we can re-cement it. Be sure to bring the temporary crown with you. The temporary will prevent the other teeth from moving and ensure that your final restoration fits as planned.
You will experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity following each appointment. This should subside a few weeks after your final restoration is placed.
After a Tooth Extraction
Following your tooth extraction, continue to gently bite down on your gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to repeat this process several times.
We recommend that you:
- Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush near the extraction site for 72 hours.
- Limit vigorous physical activity for 24 hours following your procedure.
- Apply an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn over the area to minimize swelling. You can expect swelling to subside after about 48 hours.
- Use all pain medications and prescribe antibiotics as directed.
- Drink lots of fluids and maintain a nutritious soft diet on the day of the extraction. You may resume eating normally as soon as you feel comfortable do to so.
- Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing at least once a day.
- You may resume all normal activities after a few days.
If you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding, or continued swelling for 2-3 days, or have a reaction to any medications, please contact our office at 801-266-4427.
After the Placement of a Composite Filling
If an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue will likely be numb for several hours after your appointment. Avoid chewing or drinking hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.
You may experience some hot, cold, and/or pressure sensitivity following the placement of your filling. Use a mild pain reliever (such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Tylenol, or aspirin) to alleviate the tenderness. If sensitivity continues for more than a few days or increases, please contact our office at 801-266-4427. Please also contact us if your bite feels uneven or if you experience persistent pain.
You may chew on your filling after the anesthetic wears off.