After Full Mouth Reconstruction or Cosmetic Dentistry
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 may take several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thicknesses as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at New York Office Phone Number 212-986-4830 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 a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and inflammation. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) 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 (with fluoride toothpaste) and flossing are a must for your new dental work. With bridges or connected teeth, it is critial to use Superfloss, Proxabrushes or flossthreaders underneath them. Daily plaque removal is key for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments. Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails or pencils) as well as sticky candies. If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided for you or schedule an appointment to have one made. 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.