After an Aesthetic 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 the teeth or their new thickness. If you still find that your bite has high spots or chewing problems, call our office at (678) 831 4414 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of the tooth structure and will be somewhat sensitive. Gums can also cause pain for a few days. Warm-water rinses with salt (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (a tablet of Tylenol or ibuprofen (Motrin) every 6-8 hours) should relieve any residual discomfort.

Do not worry if your speech is affected during the first few days. You will adapt quickly and be speaking normally. You may notice an increase in salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should disappear to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Removing the daily plaque is critical to the long term success of your new teeth, just like regular cleaning appointments.

Any food objects that can crack, miss or damage a natural tooth can do the same with your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as nuts, peanuts, ice, nails or pencils) and sticky candy. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid staining foods like coffee, red wine and tea.

If you participate in sports, let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, use the bite protector we have prepared for you. Adjusting to the appearance of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After an appointment for crowns or bridges.
Crowns and bridges usually have two or three quotes to complete. On the first visit, the teeth are prepared and taken from the mouth. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while performing custom restoration. As the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be insensitive. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot drinks until the numbness has completely disappeared.

From time to time a temporary crown could come out. Call us at (678) 831 4414 if this happens and do not forget to take the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important that the temporary crown remain in place as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromise the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temps in place, avoid eating sticky foods (on gums), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of the mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and do not pull the thread that may dislodge the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should disappear a few weeks after placement of the final restoration. Medications for mild pain can 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 (678) 831 4414.

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

After a blood clot forms, it is important not to disrupt or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or toothbrush next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities dislodge or dissolve the clot and delay the healing process. Limit strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding at the extraction site.

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

Use pain medication as directed. Call the office at (678) 831 4414 if the medication does not appear to be working. If you are prescribed antibiotics, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft, nutritious foods on the day of extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you feel comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep the mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel good and you will be able to resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued inflammation for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (678) 831 4414.
After fillings made with resin. (White fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, the lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing too much and drinks hot until the numbness has completely disappeared. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are asleep.
It is normal for you to feel sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure after your appointment. Injection sites may also have pain. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (a tablet every 6-8 hours as needed for pain) work well to relieve pain. If the pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if sensitivity to heat or cold increases continue, contact our office at (678) 831 4414.
You can chew with your resin fillings as soon as the anesthetic effect is completely out, as they adjust fully when leaving 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 (678) 831 4414.