Home Care Instructions
After Cosmetic 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 your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.
It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in an 8oz cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling and a mild pain medication (200mg Ibuprofen) should ease any residual discomfort.
Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.
Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new smile, as are regular cleaning appointments.
We recommend being gentle with your new smile, avoid hard foods (such as ice, sourdough pretzels, peanut brittle, etc.) Fingernail biting is also hard on your new smile. We also recommend minimizing or avoiding things that stain, such as cola, coffee, red wine, tea, and smoking.
If you engage in sports, let us know! We can make a custom mouthguards. If you grind your teeth at night, also let us know! We make custom nightguards.
Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.