9654 Sparta Ave NW, Sparta, MI 49345, (616) 887-7389

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AFTER A FILLING

CALL IF

  • Numbness is not gone by tomorrow morning
  • Bite does not feel right or you can create pain by clenching your teeth together
  • You have pain to hot, cold, or chewing food after 1 week
  • The filling has created a food trap (you have to floss after meals)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Numbness might last for 5 hours or more
  • Soreness around the tooth or injection site for a day or two (use Tylenol, Advil/Motrin, Aleve)

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Eat immediately (but be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue)

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not bite or nibble on your cheek, lip, or tongue while it is numb
    (PARENTS REMIND CHILDREN)

CROWN OR BRIDGE PREPARATION

CALL IF

  • Numbness is not gone by tomorrow morning
  • Bite feels “off” or you can create pain by clenching your teeth together
  • Provisional crown or bridge comes off or gets loose

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Numbness might last for 5 or more hours
  • Crown or bridge may feel slightly different than your other teeth or dental work (not as smooth)
  • Soreness around tooth or injection site for 1 –2 days (use Tylenol, Advil/Motrin, Aleve)

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Eat any foods that you want except chewy foods
  • Continue to brush and floss to keep the gums healthy around the provisional crown or bridge

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not eat any chewy types of food including gum, caramels, etc. Do not pull off the provisional with floss (draw the floss out between your teeth, do not snap it back through the contact)

CROWN OR BRIDGE DELIVERY

CALL IF

  • Bite does not feel right or you can create pain by clenching your teeth together
  • You have pain to hot, cold, or chewing food after 1 week
  • The crown or bridge has created a food trap (you have to floss after meals)

WHAT TO DO

  • Brush & floss at the gum line to keep cavities away from the gum line and to keep your gums healthy
  • Feel free to eat any food that you normally eat

IMMEDIATE DENTURES

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Extreme difficulty talking and chewing
  • To learn how to use your new dentures will take many months
  • Next Appointments:
    • Tomorrow to check the fit, the bite, and the healing (leave your dentures in tonight)
    • In one week to remove sutures (if necessary) and to recheck the dentures
    • In two weeks to place temporary reline material to tighten up the dentures (no charge)
    • In 6 months to do a permanent reline (see your treatment plan for the estimated charge for this service)
    • All temporary relines and adjustments between the delivery date and the permanent reline are covered in the cost of your dentures, as well as adjustments for one month following the permanent reline.

WHAT TO DO (DENTURE CARE)

  • Care for your denture as directed by brushing with toothpaste and a denture brush
  • Using an over the counter soak is OK if product has the ADA seal on it
  • Brushing the inside where they rest on your gums is extremely important
  • Keep them out at night EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST NIGHT
  • After the temporary reline, call if you have a sore spot or your dentures get loose.
  • Have a reline every 4 – 5 years as recommended by the American Dental Association

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not soak in chlorine or any other product except for ADA recommended products
  • Do not leave your dentures in while you sleep
  • Attempt to adjust or fix your own dentures.

YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE A YEARLY EXAM WITH THE DENTIST SO THE TISSUES OF YOUR MOUTH CAN BE INSPECTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER


REPLACEMENT DENTURES

CALL IF

  • You have any sore spots, even small ones

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The new denture will feel a lot different than your old one
  • At first you will not be able to chew or speak as well with your new denture as you did with your old one
  • It will take some time to get used to your new dentures

WHAT TO DO

  • Care for your denture as directed by brushing with toothpaste and a denture brush
  • Using an over the counter soak is OK if product has the ADA seal on it
  • Brushing the inside where they rest on your gums is extremely important
  • Keep them out at night
  • Have a reline every 4 - 5 years as recommended by the American Dental Association

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not soak in chlorine or any other product except for ADA recommended products
  • Attempt to adjust or fix your own dentures

YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE A YEARLY EXAM WITH THE DENTIST SO THE TISSUES OF YOUR MOUTH CAN BE INSPECTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER


SEALANTS

CALL IF

  • Your child complains that their bite does not feel right

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • A reduced chance that your child will get a cavity on the biting surface of their tooth
  • The same chance for cavities on the outside, inside, and in-between the teeth
  • Our office to maintain the sealants (repair or replace as necessary) for the lifetime of the patient
  • Us to recommend sealants only on those teeth that need them (done on baby teeth in special cases only)

WHAT TO DO

  • Cavities are caused by in-between meal sugar.  Always buy sugar free pop and gum for your children and keep sports drinks to a minimum
  • Brush your children’s teeth for them (brush the gum lines on the outside and inside of the teeth)
  • Have other teeth sealed as they erupt as recommended by the doctor or hygienist

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not let infants/small children drink from sippy cups
  • Let your child drink sugar pop or chew sugar gum
  • Give sticky sugar foods as in-between meal treats including raisins

RELINE OF COMPLETE OR PARTIAL DENTURE

CALL IF

  • You have any sore spots, even small ones

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Immediately after the impression, you will be without your denture for up to as many as 2 days
  • Your denture to fit more tightly and have less food get caught under it
  • The pink part of the denture to feel thicker
  • One or more sore spots to develop (this could even happen weeks after delivery)

WHAT TO DO

  • Care for your denture as directed by brushing with toothpaste and a denture brush.   Using an over the counter soak is OK if product has the ADA seal on it
  • Brushing the inside where they rest on your gums is extremely important
  • Keep them out at night
  • Have a reline every 4 – 5 years as recommended by the American Dental Association

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not soak in chlorine or any other product except for ADA recommended products
  • Do not leave your dentures in while you sleep
  • Attempt to adjust or fix your own dentures

YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE A YEARLY EXAM WITH THE DENTIST SO THE TISSUES OF YOUR MOUTH CAN BE INSPECTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER


EXTRACTION

CALL IF

  • Numbness is not gone by tomorrow morning
  • Bleeding does not stop in 1 – 2 hours (amber colored oozing is not bleeding and is to be expected)
  • After one to two days, pain returns and is not helped by over the counter or prescription pain medication.  This could be an indication that you have a dry socket.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Numbness might last for 5 hours or more
  • Amber colored oozing for 1 – 2 days
  • Soreness around the tooth or injection site for a day or two (use Tylenol, Advil/Motrin, Aleve)

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Keep gauze in place for ½ - 1 hour
  • Eat when the numbness is gone
  • Use a teabag instead of gauze if bleeding persists into the evening
  • Keep teabag in place for at least one hour before removing

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Do not smoke, drink through a straw, spit, or swish for 24 hours
  • Engage in any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for 24 hours
  • Do not bite or nibble on your cheek, lip, or tongue while it is numb (Parents Remind Children)