Post Treatment Information

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Caring Dentistry offers you post treatment information below. If you've misplaced your post treatment documents, please read the information below. If you have any questions, please call our office.

After Your Extraction

A few days after the extraction of a tooth, your wound usually heals to the point where you can function normally. You should follow a few rules to help prevent complications while making yourself more comfortable.

THE BLOOD CLOT: After an extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. This clot is part of the normal healing process. It is important to avoid activities that might disturb the clot. 
  • Do not smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Do not clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket for the rest of the day. You should, however, brush and floss the other teeth thoroughly.
  • Limit strenuous activities for 24 hours after extraction to reduce bleeding and help the blood clot form.
BLEEDING: Dr. Thorner will place a gauze pack on the extraction site to limit bleeding and confine the blood while the clotting takes place. The gauze pack should be left in place for 30-45 minutes after you leave our office. Do not chew on the pack. If the bleeding or oozing continues, follow this procedure:
  • Fold a piece of clean gauze into a pad thick enough to bite on. Dampen the pad and place it directly on the extraction site.
  • Apply moderate pressure by closing the teeth firmly over the pad for about 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Do not suck on the extraction site (Remember that a lot of saliva and a little blood may look like a lot of bleeding). 
  • If heavy bleeding continues, call Caring Dentistry.
MEDICATION: Caring Dentistry may prescribe medication to control pain and prevent infection. Use it only as directed. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever call our office immediately.

SWELLING AND PAIN: After a tooth is removed, you may have some discomfort and notice some swelling. You can reduce swelling and pain by applying cold compresses to the face for several hours after the extraction.

RINSING: The day after the extraction, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 a teaspoon of salt in 1 glass of warm water). Rinsing after meals is important to keep food particles out of the extraction site Do not to rinse your mouth vigorously.

DIET: The day of your extraction, drink lots of liquids and eat soft foods. Avoid alcoholic beverages and hot liquids. For about two days, chew food on the other side, opposite to the extraction side. If you experience nausea and vomiting, call our office for advice.

ORAL HYGIENE: It’s important to brush and floss your teeth at least once a day. The tongue should also be brushed. Always use a soft bristled brush so that you do not injure the tissue in your mouth.

Information on Splint (Bite Guard)

The splint (or bite guard) with which you have been fitted is made of hard, clear plastic material that fits snugly over your upper teeth. It’s designed to provide a guiding ramp to allow your teeth to close in a more forward position than normal.

The purpose of your splint is to hold your lower jaw in a forward position to allow the disc (or pad) to re-position itself back onto the condyle (or ball of the jaw joint). 

Once the disc is re-positioned, it will take several weeks for the stretched ligaments of the jaw joint to heal. During this period it is very important not to allow your lower jaw to bite back in its normal position. It usually requires 6 to 8 weeks of treatment for initial healing to occur. 

There may need to be adjustments made at no additional cost during the first 6 weeks of treatment. This initial healing phase is then followed by another 4-6 weeks of adjustment and gradual reduction of wearing time. Due to the extreme variation of time needed during this reduction period a charge per visit will be made.
  • You should make every effort to limit your jaw movements to only those that are comfortable. Eat a relatively soft diet, take small bites, chew slowly and do not open wide. Hard foods should be avoided.
  • Wear your splint at all times, including eating, 24 hours a day. It should be taken out only to clean. When the splint is out, you should be careful not to let your jaw slip back or bite on your back teeth.
  • The splint should be brushed daily with toothpaste. Every 2-3 days you may wish to clean the splint with a commercial denture cleanser.
  • For the first 2 or 3 days that you wear the splint, you may experience some mild soreness or tenderness in the face or jaw joints. If you do, aspirin or Tylenol is recommended for discomfort.
If any problems develop while wearing the splint or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Caring Dentistry

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