702-270-0025

8460 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. D

Las Vegas, NV 89123

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How to care for your teeth

Cosmetic Reconstruction

Don’t worry if your new bite feels strange to you. It will take time to adjust. It takes several days for your brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness after your bite is altered. If you do feel any high spots or problems with your dental work, call our office at 702-270-0025 to schedule an appointment.

 

It’s normal to experience temperature sensitivity as well. Your teeth require some healing time after extraction and will be sensitive in the meantime. If your gums are sore we suggest you try warm salt water rinses three times a day (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) or a mild pain medication should ease any residual discomfort.

 

Remember daily brushing and flossing are necessary for your new dental work. Give us a call for regular cleaning appointments, but between visits continue to remove plaque daily for long-term success of your new teeth.

 

Be wary of sticky candies, hard food, and objects that can damage your new teeth. That includes nuts, candy brittle, ice, or pencils). Smoking, coffee, red wines, tea, and some berries can also stain your new teeth.

 

We can make a custom mouth guard if you engage in close competitive sports. If you grind your teeth at night wear the  occlusal guard provided for you.

Tooth Extractions

After a tooth extraction, it is imperative that a blood clot forms to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. If the bleeding or oozing continues to persist, place a gauze pad and bite firmly for 30 minutes. You may have to repeat this process several times. Never disturb or dislodge the blood clot as it aids to the healing process.

 

On the day of your extraction, drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious and  soft foods. After removal you can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

Things to remember NOT TO DO for 72 hours:

  • Rinse vigorously

  • Suck on straws

  • Smoke

  • Drink alcohol

  • Brush near the extraction site

Also you should limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause moor bleeding from the extraction site.

 

If you are bothered by pain, use pain medication as needed, but call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to affect the pain. If we prescribe antibiotics, you should continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if infection signs and symptoms disappear.

 

You may feel some pain and experience some swelling after extraction. Apply an ice pack to the area to keep the swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually disappears after 48 hours.

Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, expect you lips and tongue to experience numbness for several hours after the procedure. We suggest avoiding chewing and consuming hot beverages until the numbness wears off to prevent bites or burns to your lip or tongue.

 

It’s normal to experience temperature and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Anesthetic injection sites may also be sore. Take ibuprofen, Tylenol, or aspirin (one tablet 3-4 hours) as needed for relief.

 

We always welcome your questions. Please let us know if you have any problems or concerns.

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