- Once the numbness wears off, teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Try to avoid foods with extreme temperatures
- Contact our office if you experience pain or discomfort when biting down. In some cases sensitivity to pressure can be relieved with a simple adjustment
- Practice a normal routine of good oral hygiene. See home care.
Crowns, bridges, and restorations
- Sensitivity for a few days is considered normal
- Try not to eat any sticky or crunchy foods that can damage the restoration
- Avoid sugary foods or beverages up to a few days after treatment to avoid decay around the crown and surrounding teeth
- In some cases, a night guard is recommended to protect a restoration while you sleep
- Contact our office if you experience pain or discomfort when tooth is not in use or when biting down. In some cases, sensitivity to pressure can be relieved with a simple adjustment
- Keep pressure on the area with sterile gauze
- Relax for the remainder of the day if possible to give your body the energy to heal
- Do not smoke for at least 72 hours
- Wait 24 hours to rinse or use a straw. The following day, rinse with a mixture of salt water and continue to do so several times a day for the next few days
- Use over the counter pain reliever to manage pain and swelling
- Eat a light diet of soft foods immediately after extraction. Try to avoid chewing on the affected side
- Do not be alarmed by bleeding. Blood missing with saliva may appear to be more severe than it actually is. It is normal for bleeding to stop and start due to blood pressure changes from laying down or sitting up. If bleeding persists, contact our office.