Post Whitening Care Instructions
After undergoing a teeth whitening treatment, the following dark substances should be avoided for the next 40 hours:
- Coffee and/or Tea
- Tobacco products
- Red Wine
- Soy Wine
- Mustard or ketchup
- Berry Pie
To be on the safe, follow this general rule: If it can stain clothes, it can stain the teeth.
Tooth Extraction – Post Operative Care Instruction
- After having your tooth removed, make sure to keep the gauze inside your mouth. Apply firm pressure on it for 45 minutes.
- If the area bleeds again, replace the gauze with a new one and put on the bleeding area. Firmly bite on the gauze and keep a constant pressure on it for one hour. Avoid chewing on the gauze.
- Brush your teeth three times a day for the first 24 hours. However, avoid rinsing your mouth or using any mouthwash products.
- After 24 hours have passed, gargle half a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. Do it at least four to five times a day to help sanitise the site of tooth extraction.
- Taking pain killers is advised if you suffer from any pain, but medications should be taken as directed.
- When sleeping or simply lying down, elevate and raise your head on two to three pillow to prevent bleeding or swelling.
- Drink lots of fluids and only eat food that you can swallow. Avoid food like nuts, potato chips, or anything spicy.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcoholic drinks for at least 24 hours.
- Avoid using a straw for 24 hours.
- Avoid spitting as it can trigger bleeding.
- After a tooth extraction, it is best to go home and rest to recuperate.
- Having black and blue marks is possible after the extraction. The bruises will disappear after several days.
- If the pain worsens after 72 hours, or 3 days, or if the bleeding does not stop, contact the clinic immediately.
New Fillings – What to Expect?
- Firstly, make sure the local anaesthesia has completely worn off so you can avoid biting or injuring your tongue, cheeks, and lips. Avoid drinking anything hot, as well as smoking, to avoid instances of burning. Exercise caution when eating, as some patients may experience difficulty swallowing while under the effects of local anaesthesia.
- Patients may also experience post-operative cold sensitivity. This is a normal reaction, which generally disappears after a couple of days. If it persists after a week, or it worsens, give our clinic a call. Meanwhile, discontinue using any whitening toothpaste or products until the sensitivity has subsided completely.
- If you are unable to bite normally, get in touch with our clinic so we can adjust your fillings. Refrain from waiting for it to eventually wear down because the tooth may become tender.
- Regular brushing and flossing will suffice in caring for your new fillings.
- Choose a toothpaste with fluoride. New fillings are prone to developing decay around their edges, if not properly cleaned regularly.
Post Dental Implant Care
- If you experience any abnormalities after a dental implant procedure, contact our office immediately. The final restoration phase will be started the moment your surgeon gives the green light. It is usually scheduled three to six months after the placement of implants. If you experience difficulty with the temporary prosthesis you have been provided with, please call us immediately.
- Fixed Implant Restorations – If your restoration comprises a single crown, or a dental bridge with several teeth that you cannot remove properly, please follow these steps.
- Your replacement tooth is affixed to an abutment, which is attached to the implant by a screw. Though these were screwed tightly and carefully, there are still rare instances where these may loosen. If this occurs, please immediately notify us, especially if you feel movement in your replacement teeth. Loose screws may get fractured, or they may become tough, or even impossible, to remove.
- Regular check-ups are crucial so that the dental implants are frequently monitored.
- Routine brushing and flossing should be observed to keep the gum tissue around the implant. In case of gum bleeding or inflammation, rinse your mouth with warm salt water for about three to four times a day. If your condition has not improved in three to four days, call or visit our office as soon as possible.
- Please do not use any toothpick or metal pick to poke around the implants as it could do serious damage to the implant. If you require additional cleaning paraphernalia, we can recommend cleaning devices that are safe to use for dental implants. The crowns attached to your implants require the same care as with normal teeth. For one, avoid chewing ice as it can break the porcelain crowns. Be careful when eating solid and hard food, and avoid opening or tearing items with your teeth.
- Removable Implant Restorations – If you have a removable restoration, this is oral hygiene routine is ideal for you. Your dentures, or partial implant attachments, are embedded into your prosthesis, which should be replaced over time. A sign that you need to replace it is when it starts to loosen. It is highly recommended to remove your dentures at night and thoroughly clean and sanitise them using a denture brush. Food debris and tartar can accumulate around your retainers and prevent them from successfully attaching to your dental implants.
- It is also preferable to use commercial denture cleaners like Efferdent and Stain Away. The receptors attached to your implants (these look like a metal basket or gold bar) also need to be meticulously cleaned habitually. Food and tartar build-up can prevent the attachments from being firmly affixed, or cause the prosthesis to loosen. These need to be regularly brushed to preserve the healthy gums around them. Keep in mind that your implants are susceptible to gum diseases, just like your normal teeth. Ignoring your oral health can result in periodontal disease.
- Regular visits to our clinic are essential so we can closely monitor the screws and the retainers attached to them. If you observe that these start to loosen, immediately let us know. Loose screws may get fracture, making it difficult or impossible to remove.
- Additionally, fixed bridges should be cleaned under the pontic, or missing tooth. Since the artificial teeth are connected to the adjacent, normal teeth, a threader can be used to floss beneath it and remove tartar. These can easily be purchased at most pharmacies. If you do not know how to use it, we would be happy to demonstrate it to you.
Removable Partial Denture Care
- Individuals who have just started wearing their dentures often feel like the dentures are too big for them. Some might even gag, or have the tendency to bite their cheeks or tongue. These instances are normal at the start, but the discomfort will subside as you adjust to it.
- Saliva production may increase as your mouth’s response to a foreign object inside it. However, this will also subside over time. As a relief method, sucking mint can cause you to swallow more frequently, thus getting rid of excess saliva.
- Soreness should also be expected during the first few hours of wearing your new dentures. If it aggravates, you may go to our clinic for an adjustment. Please refrain from making adjustments to your dentures on your own.
- Wearing dentures may cause some difficulty in eating and speaking. If your dentures tend to “click,” try to speak more slowly. It helps minimise movements that raise or move the lower denture. If you want to speak more confidently while wearing dentures, you can try practicing it so you can get used to the process. When it comes to eating, try consuming small portions only and separate the food when you chew – chew half on the left back side of your mouth, and half on the right back side. Doing so helps distribute the pressure on the dentures.
- If you are new to eating with dentures in your mouth, start with soft food only, such as eggs, cooked vegetables, fish, pudding, and chopped meat. Once you become more confident, you can expand your choices to tougher food like steak.
Guidelines to Cleaning Your Dentures
- Fill the water with sink and clean your dentures over it. This way, your dentures will not break if you drop them.
- Rinse the dentures in warm water to completely eliminate food debris.
- Use denture cleaners like Fixodent. Avoid using conventional toothpaste and other cleansers that are not intended for cleaning dentures. It might cause damage and scratch the dentures, which can foster plaque, bacteria, and bad odour.
- Use a moist denture brush in cleaning the surfaces of your dentures.
- Do not brush too hard as it can damage the parts of your dentures.
- For your gums, tongue, palate, and natural teeth, opt for a soft-bristle toothbrush. Clean your mouth first before reinserting your dentures.
- Gargle mouthwash for a clean and refreshing feeling in your mouth.
Home Care for Crowns & Bridges
- If you were administered with anaesthesia, you have to take care not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. Avoid consuming chewy food until the anaesthesia has lost its effect. Make sure the temporary crown, or bridge, stays in place until it is replaced by a permanent one. If the temporary crown is dislodged, or if it is uncomfortable, call our clinic immediately.
- It is NOT advisable to “glue” the temporary crown on your own, or to choose not to have it re-attached, as the teeth may shift position and prevent the smooth insertion of the permanent crown.
- Avoid chewy, sticky, or hard food, such as gums, hard bread, and hard candies.
- Temporarily avoid flossing so that you don’t pull the temporary crown off, but do brush your teeth carefully.
- After the permanent crown has been inserted, you may experience heightened sensitivity to cold, as the tooth may still be irritated by the adhesive or cement. If your bite seems off or feels uncomfortable, please give us a call immediately so we can schedule you for adjustment.
- Just like with natural teeth, crowns and bridges may also break. Avoid chewing ice and anything that might damage your teeth.
- Using a thread floss, however, can help remove plaque located under the pontic (missing tooth). A thread floss is readily available at pharmacies.
If pain persists after 72 hours (3 days) since extraction, or if you experience continuous bleeding, call or visit us immediately.