WHY IS PREVENTION IMPORTANT?
Oral Health for Overall Health
Proper oral hygiene does prevent caries and periodontal disease and affects our overall health and well-being.
We pride ourselves on providing our patients with all the facts on hand. We believe that the best way to prevent issues down the line is through education. With all of your options in front of you, you can then decide what you would like to do to achieve your desired results. Though the choice is yours to make, you are not alone! We will answer any questions you may have and educate you on the options' potential pros and cons.
The main goal of preventative dentistry is to protect oral health against issues that may arise over time. There are a variety of steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of needing restorative care.
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General Guidelines for all procedures
Do not chew on hard, sticky, or chewy foods for a least 24 hours. Never chew on ice. Avoid aggressive chewing and sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies that can loosen or damage a restoration. Carefully follow all doctors and their staff's guidelines and, most importantly, practice good oral hygiene. Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions. In the event of an emergency, please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Instructions Following Implant Surgery
Some pain, bleeding, swelling, and seeping is normal following oral surgery. A cold compress placed on the face near the dental implant surgical site for 30 minutes every hour on the day of your surgery can be helpful. This will help reduce pain and swelling. Do not miss your follow up appointment(s) with your dentist, and do not probe the area with your tongue or fingers. Please do not touch your lips to see or feel the area treated. Avoid brushing your teeth near the surgery site but brush and floss the rest of your mouth as instructed by the office. You can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the label's instructions or those provided by your doctor as needed. A warm salt water rinse, approximately ½ teaspoon in an eight-ounce glass of water, can be helpful three times a day.
For the first 24 hours, you may experience some cold and heat sensitivity. Do not eat, drink, chew, or consume foods and beverages extremely hot or spicy until the numbness has worn off following the anesthetic. Avoid vigorous physical exercise for the first 24 hours and do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least 48 hours. Do not brush, rinse, or spit. Do not use a straw for drinking. During the first few days after surgery, a diet of liquids and soft foods such as soups, yogurt, juice, and smoothies are recommended. If you experience excessive bleeding or discomfort after 48-72 hours, please call our office immediately.
Follow any other instructions provided by the office on your visit. Please take all medications as prescribed, including your prescribed antibiotics, to help prevent infection.
Instructions Following Denture or Partial Delivery
You may have discomfort for a few days after receiving your final dentures or partials. Dentures and partials will often need several adjustments to fit comfortably. To help adjust to your dentures, you can practice reading aloud for a little while each day. At night you should remove your dentures and clean them. They should be stored in a clean container filled with a denture cleaning solution. Dentures should be removed for at least 6 hours a day to give your mouth and gums time to rest. Food particles can become trapped under dentures causing inflammation or sore spots. Brush the roof of your mouth, your tongue, and lightly brush your gums after removing your dentures. See permanently fixed Implant Denture.
Ongoing care for your restoration includes brushing your teeth and surrounding tissues after every meal and snack and flossing at least once a day before bedtime unless you have full dentures, in which case brushing them is very important. Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash will also help to remove any additional particles that may have been missed during brushing and flossing.
It would be best if you visited our office at least once a year to have your dentures or partial adjusted and checked by the doctor. Wearing ill-fitting dentures or partials without proper care and adjustment can cause severe bone loss and severe oral disease. Please call our office at the first signs of any symptoms or if you are experiencing ongoing pain or discomfort.