Taking Care Of Your Mouth After Treatment
As much as we dream of having perfect teeth, that is not always the reality. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology and procedures, there are a number of treatments we offer our patients that can restore any issue found with your oral health. While the treatment itself is extremely important, what is more important is following the after-treatment instructions we give you once treatment is completed. Not following our instructions can lead to severe damage to your oral health. Continue reading to learn more.
Importance of Following Post-Treatment Instructions
No matter if you receive a minor treatment such as a filling or a more involved treatment such as hybridge dental implants, following our post-treatment instructions is extremely important. Failure to follow our instructions can lead to extreme discomfort, damage to your mouth, the need to redo the procedure, and added expense. We want to share two important post-treatment tips to ensure that your procedure can properly heal and no further damage is caused:
Many preventative and restorative treatments require the use of a numbing agent, such as novocaine. Your mouth will continue to be numb for some time following treatment. It is extremely important not to eat or drink until all feeling comes back to the mouth. You may cause damage to your tongue, cheeks, or lips if these instructions are ignored.
After many treatments, we recommend chewing on the opposite side of the mouth for at least 24 hours. We may recommend a longer time if something like a temporary crown has been placed that can easily become dislodged and fall out or your mouth needs more time to heal. Certain treatments also require a soft diet until your mouth has healed. We may also recommend not doing any type of sucking, such as drinking through a straw.
If you have an upcoming treatment or you just completed a treatment and have any questions related to care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office located in Baldwinsville, NY. Our team is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. If you experience a dental emergency following treatment, be sure to call our office as soon as possible.