Dental Exam Forms and Patient Resources
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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?
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.
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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