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Preparing for Tooth Extraction: 5 Tips from a Top Austin Dentista dental room with a large flat screen tv
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Tooth extraction can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be a source of anxiety. As a leading Austin dentist, I've gathered insights to help you through the process with ease. Whether it's your first time or not, these tips are designed to make your tooth extraction experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. Let's explore these helpful pointers!

1. Understanding the Process and Preparing for It

Let's talk about what tooth extraction involves. Think of it as a dentist helping your mouth make room for a healthier smile. Sometimes a tooth just needs to come out, whether it's because it's too damaged to repair or it's crowding other teeth. It's a common procedure and, thanks to modern dentistry, it's not as scary as it sounds.

Your comfort during the procedure is a top priority. We use local anesthesia to numb the area, so you won't feel any pain during the extraction. For those who feel extra nervous, we can discuss sedation options to help you relax or even doze off during the procedure. Remember, your Austin dentist is here to make this as comfortable as possible for you.

2. Aftercare Is Crucial

Once your tooth is out, the way you care for your mouth is crucial for healing. We'll guide you through this with some simple but important instructions. It's normal to experience some discomfort after the extraction, but we'll have you covered with the right pain management and care tips.

The key is to keep the extraction site clean and undisturbed. This helps with healing and prevents any complications. We advise sticking to soft foods for the first few days and avoiding things like using straws or spitting, as these actions can affect the healing area. And while it's tempting to poke around the area with your tongue or fingers, try to resist the urge. Keeping the site undisturbed is vital for a good healing process.

Good oral hygiene doesn't go on a break just because you've had a tooth extracted. Keep brushing and flossing your other teeth as usual. When it comes to the extraction site, you'll want to be extra gentle. After the first day, carefully clean around the area while making sure not to disturb it. This will help keep things clean and reduce the risk of infection.

3. Managing Pain and Swelling

It's completely normal to have some pain and swelling after a tooth extraction. But don't worry, we've got some tricks up our sleeve to help you manage it. Pain relief medication, as prescribed or recommended by your dentist, can be a big help. Just make sure to follow the dosage instructions.

Swelling can be managed with a simple cold pack applied to your cheek. Do this in intervals of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. It's a great way to reduce swelling and also provides a soothing effect. This cold therapy not only helps with swelling but also contributes to your overall comfort during recovery. You can contact us here for more details on tooth extractions.

4. Oral Hygiene Is Still Important

Even after a tooth extraction, the spotlight on oral hygiene doesn't dim. It's like caring for a garden; even if one plant is gone, you still water and tend to the rest. The same goes for your teeth and gums. They need your attention and care to stay healthy. Brushing and flossing are still on the menu, but let's tweak the recipe a bit around the extraction site.

The first 24 hours are like a pause button for the area where your tooth was. Give it a break from brushing to allow the healing process to start undisturbed. But for your other teeth, it's business as usual. Keep them clean and flossed, but be gentle around your gums. 

After the first day, you can resume brushing near the extraction site, but think of it like handling a delicate treasure. Soft and gentle strokes are the way to go.

Remember, the goal is to keep everything clean and reduce the risk of infection. A clean mouth is a happy mouth, and that's exactly what we're aiming for. Think of it as nurturing your smile back to its full glory. 

5. Rest and Relax

After a tooth extraction, think of yourself as on a mini-vacation; a wellness retreat for your mouth. It's a time to take it easy, sit back, and let your body do its healing magic. 

Avoid any activities that could put a strain on your body or increase your blood pressure. Things like heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, or anything that gets your heart racing should be put on hold for a bit.

This downtime is your ticket to some guilt-free relaxation. Catch up on your favorite shows, dive into a good book, or indulge in some light hobbies. It's all about keeping stress at bay and giving your body the calm environment it needs to heal.

Sleep and rest are like superpowers for recovery. Make sure you're getting plenty of both. When you sleep, your body goes into repair mode, and that's exactly what you need after an extraction. 

Keep your head elevated with an extra pillow to help reduce swelling. And remember, if you feel any discomfort or something doesn't seem right, your Austin dentist is here to help, every step of the way.

Enamel Dentistry: A Caring Approach to Tooth Extraction

At Enamel Dentistry, we understand that tooth extraction can be a daunting experience. That's why we take a caring and personalized approach to every procedure. Our Austin-based dental office combines state-of-the-art technology with a fun-loving team to ensure every visit is something to smile about. 

We're committed to providing high-quality dental care with amenities you won't find anywhere else. From general and cosmetic dentistry to dental implants, we make it easy and enjoyable to maintain your oral health.

In Summary

Tooth extraction doesn't have to be a source of stress. By understanding the procedure, preparing properly, following aftercare instructions, managing discomfort, and maintaining oral hygiene, you can ensure a smooth experience. 

And remember, at Enamel Dentistry, your comfort and care are our top priorities. We're here to support you every step of the way, making sure your visit to our Austin dentist's office is as comfortable and positive as possible. Schedule an appointment today and experience dental care like never before.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns