Post Care Restoration
At Painfree Dentistry we support our patients all the way through their treatments from the first appointment until the treatment has healed. We offer a lot of post care guidance. While every patient is different there are common things you should expect and steps you should take to ensure your restoration heals properly.
After treatment, your tongue, lips and teeth may be numb for hours after treatment. So, you should not eat or drink until the anaesthetic wears off. This stops you biting your tongue or cheek which can be very painful.
When you have had a restoration, you may experience sensitivity. This is should only be minor and it will subside in a few days or less. You may also experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This should subside in around a week. If the sensitivity to a temperature change of hot or cold lasts more than a week you should call us. We can give you a check-up and see why this is still happening.
A salt water rinse can help with pain and/or swelling. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and then rinse and spit. Pain medication like ibuprofen can also be taken to reduce pain and swelling. If this is not an option for you, your dentist will let you know. Ibuprofen is good for patients who have had extensive fillings. After these treatments, the nerve in the tooth can swell which causes pain. So, keeping the swelling down will keep the treatment as comfortable as possible. Your dentist can discuss more on pain relief with you.
Your bite will return to normal after the anaesthetic wears off. However, in some cases after treatment, you may feel pressure in your bite. If this lasts longer than a week you should call us for a check-up. We can see why this has occurred and make some minor changes if necessary. You should also contact us if your bite feels uneven or if you have pain that does not get better.
Your restoration may feel differently to your other teeth. The texture will smooth out with use and will feel like the rest of your teeth over time. If you have a had a white filling these will set on the same day of your appointment. So, you can chew on them although you should chew carefully.
Hygiene After Treatment
It is essential that you have proper oral hygiene after a restoration treatment. This will ensure that the restoration heals, lasts longer and stops any other dental issues such as infections. You should brush and floss twice a day. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth with mouthwash twice a day to. Your dentist will discuss any adjustments to the hygiene routine if needed.
If you have any concerns about aftercare, your dental hygiene and more then contact our friendly team today. We offer:
- High quality care
- Efficient and successful treatments
- A compassionate team that cares
- High-quality treatment plans
- Fantastic after care
Together we can ensure your treatment is as painless and as stress free as possible.