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Post Procedure: Cosmetic Restorations

Congratulations on the decision to renew your smile! We know that it is more than a financial investment, but often an emotional and life changing one as well. We appreciate your trust and confidence in us. Please review the following helpful reminders and as always, contact us immediately should you have any questions or concerns.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity. Removing tooth structure and placing of new materials may result in a period of sensitivity and adjustment. Your gums may be sore for a few days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water or mouthwash to reduce discomfort, if needed. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your dental work. Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Daily brushing and flossing is a must. Regular cleaning appointments in our office are also critically important. The doctor and your hygienist will determine how frequent your professional cleaning appointments should be for your particular situation -- it might be more frequent than every six months. Your hygienist will use the appropriate cleaning abrasives and techniques for your specific cosmetic work.

It is important to change habits to protect your new teeth. Any food that could chip, crack or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies, any unusually hard foods or substances (such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils or ice). Avoid or minimize your use of foods that stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine and berries. Smoking will quickly yellow your teeth. Let us know if you grind your teeth at night so we can make you a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth, as well as your jaw joint.

As always, if you have any problems or concerns, we always welcome your questions -- please call us at (585) 461-4350.