After Care Precautions

After Extractions
After Fillings
After Getting Dentures
After a Root Canal

After Extraction Precautions

Some bleeding may occur for some time after your tooth extraction. In most cases this bleeding can be effectively controlled and stopped by placing a piece of moist clean gauze over the empty tooth socket, and then biting firmly on this gauze for 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure that the gauze is positioned so when you bite down it applies pressure directly onto the extraction site. If you bite down and your teeth come together fully you may not be placing much pressure on the gauze.

It is both firm pressure and maintaining this pressure over a prolonged period of time (45 minutes or so) that are important factors when this technique is used. Don't keep changing the gauze, just put some in and then clamp down on it for 45 minutes to an hour.

If the bleeding seems to persist, a slightly moistened tea bag can be a very effective substitute for gauze. One of the components of tea (black tea, the regular stuff you would make iced tea from) is tannic acid. Tannic acid can aid in the formation of blood clots and this technique can be very effective. (Same instructions as above, just substitute the tea bag for the gauze.)

If a small amount of bleeding persists after 45 minutes then repeat these instructions. If heavy bleeding is still present then contact your dentist.

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After Filling Precautions

To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices — visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings, brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and flossing at least once daily. If your dentist suspects that a filling might be cracked or is “leaking” (when the sides of the filling don’t fit tightly against the tooth, this allows debris and saliva to seep down between the filling and the tooth, which can lead to decay), he or she will take X-rays to assess the situation. If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, call your dentist for an appointment.

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Caring for your Dentures

1. Use a dental adhesive to get your dentures to fit properly. Stuffing them into your mouth any old way can lead to sores or an improper fit, which could throw off your chewing and speech.

2. Brush your dentures daily. Use the toothpaste recommended by your dentist. Treat them as well as you would your original teeth. Then soak them in the suggested solution overnight unless you plan to wear them while sleeping.

3. Report any problems to your dentist. If the dentures chip, bend, or otherwise get broken or warped, let your dentist know so they can be quickly repaired.

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After a Root Canal

Avoid chewing with this tooth until after the numbness and tenderness has gone. Bullet Frequent rinsing with warm salt water for the next two days. Bullet If the doctor has prescribed other medications, be sure to take as directed by the doctor. Bullet We recommend you take something for the increased sensitivity in this area within one hour of leaving our office, to get the medication into your blood system before the anesthesia we administered begins to subside.

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