Dental Exam Forms and Patient Resources

At Dental Care Associates of Buffalo, we want to make sure you have access to as much information as you need. Access useful patient forms, see commonly asked questions, pay online, and learn about our comprehensive payment plan that makes dental care easy and affordable.

Client Forms

Download useful patient forms here! New patients should also plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that you can fill out the necessary forms on our IPads.

After Care FAQ’s

We often get the following questions from clients. Have a question not covered here?

Post-Op Instructions


  • Don’t have anything to eat for 1 hour

  • Chew on opposite side for rest of day

  • Stay away from sticky, crunchy, chewy foods

  • If you had Amalgam fillings done on both sides, softer foods for the rest of the day. (Example: Pancakes, Soup, Eggs, Mashed Potatoes, Ice Cream, etc.)

  • If the filling if on the cheek side of the tooth, do not do any brushing in that area.

Composite or White Fillings

  • After anesthetic wears off, the filling is hard as it is going to get so you don’t have any restrictions

After Cementing Permanent Crown

  • No not chew for 1 hour on that crown

  • Do not floss in that area till evening

  • If after you leave here and something does not feel right, call us.

Temporary Crowns

  • Do not chew on that side for 2 weeks or until you get the permanent crown

  • If the temporary crown happens for come off, try putting toothpaste inside it and put it back on

  • If it does not stay on, call us and we will recement it

  • You can avoid flossing around it. If you floss, bring the floss down and pull it out the side because if you pull up it may grab a corner of the crown and it will come off.


  • We will be placing gauze after the tooth is removed. Leave the gauze in place for about 30-40 minutes then take it out and throw it away.

  • We will send extra gauze with you if you need it and a pamphlet listing all instructions

  • Do not rinse your mouth. Leave the area as undisturbed as possible

  • Do not smoke

  • Do not drink through a straw.

  • The next day, eat softer foods – pancakes, eggs, soups, etc.

  • After 24 hours, start with warm salt water rinses, not vigoris and let water fall out of your mouth. Do Not Spit

  • If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call the office.

General Self Care While Numb

  • Your teeth may stay numb for 1-2 hours but your face, lips and tongue may feel numb for up to 3-5 hours.

  • Do not chew on this side until the anesthetic wears off

  • Do not play with the area as you are likely to bite or chew on the area

  • Be very careful of hot liquids/drinks as you may burn yourself because of the inability to gauge the temperatures

  • As it is wearing off, you may feel some pins & needles sensations for a short time before everything returns to normal

  • Once all the anesthetic has worn off & you feel normal, check your bite. If it feels that any of your teeth are hitting out of sync, please call the office & let us know – this is not something that self corrects.

After Scaling & Replaning (or Deep Cleanings)

  • Warm salt water rinses are going to help the tissue calm down the quickest. Use ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. warm water. Swish keeping in mouth for at least 30 seconds then spit. Do Not Swallow

  • Keep area clean. If area is tender to brushing, run your tooth brush under warm water to soften the bristles.

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