Home Care Instructions

After Cosmetic Reconstruction

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several weeks for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth as normal. If you continue to detect any sore spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Port Angeles Office Phone Number (360) 477-4768 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal within the first few weeks.

Daily cleaning of your denture and oral tissues is critical for the long-term success of your denture and oral health.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your denture teeth. Use caution with hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking and using tobacco products will stain your denture. Added consideration can be used for foods that can cause stains such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouthguard. If you grind your teeth at night, we can provide you with a mouthgaurd to wear. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know!

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and hamper the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

For additional questions or concerns contact the oral surgeon that ripped your teeth out!