A few weeks ago, Livonia dentist Dr. James Stewart discussed how to keep your mouth and dental work safe following dental filling, dental crown, and dental bridge appointments. Today, Dr. Stewart wants to discuss how to care for your new smile following cosmetic reconstruction.
After Cosmetic Reconstruction
It is important to remember that your mind and body need time to adjust to your new bite following your cosmetic reconstructive procedure. For some patients, it can take up to a week for the brain to recognize the new bite as “normal.” If you continue to have problems adjusting to your bite, call Dr. Stewart’s Farmington Hills dentist office at (734) 425-4400.
You might experience some heat, cold, and pressure sensitivity, as well as some soreness for up to a few days following your dental work. To relieve your discomfort, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water and take mild pain relievers as needed. Continue normal dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and attending professional dental checkups and cleanings.
To ensure the beauty, function, and longevity of your new smile, avoid any foods that could possible cause chips, cracks, or other damage. You should also avoid tooth-staining foods, such as tea, coffee, red wine, and berries, and harmful habits, like smoking.
Over the next few weeks, Dr. Stewart will be discussing how to care for your mouth following periodontal surgery, tooth extraction, and root canal therapy.
If you experience any pain, discomfort, and other unusual symptoms for more than a few days following your dental appointment, call Dr. Stewart’s Livonia, Michigan dentist office immediately at (734) 425-4400. For more information about these dental procedures, visit us online at jamesstewartdds.com.