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Home Care Instructions

It's very important to follow after care instructions for faster healing and avoiding infections and complications. Call us at (808) 625-6300 if you have other questions or concerns.

After tooth extraction

If you experience a deep pain after a couple of days, you may have a dry socket (bone infection). Call us at (808) 625-6300, Dr. Baysa may need to prescribe appropriate medication.

What to Expect:

  • Numbness may last 2-8 hours. You may eat/drink but be careful not to bite your tongue, cheek, or lip.

  • Bite firmly on gauze pad for 20 minutes. If bleeding continues, fold new gauze over the area and maintain firmpressure again for 20 minutes.

  • Several pieces of gauze may be needed to create enough pressure over the extraction site.

  • Gauze may be substituted by a warm, soaked tea bag. The tannic acid in tea has a clotting effect.

  • It is normal for saliva to be streaked with blood for a day or two after surgery.

  • Pain control should be started prior to numbing wearing off. DO NOT TAKE Aspirin or Ibuprofen as this may thin the blood and prolong bleeding. *If Dr. Baysa has prescribed antibiotics or stronger pain medication, take them as directed.

  • You may experience swelling and discoloration in certain areas, usually reaching its maximum after two days. It should disappear gradually and is no cause for concern. You may apply an ice pack for the first 4-6 hours, alternating 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.

Care – Day 1: 

A clot should form in the extraction site. This will act as a band-aid to allow healing. Avoid the following for the first 24 hours as you do not want to disturb the clot:

  • Avoid brushing the site.

  • Avoid sports and strenuous activity.

  • Avoid smoking as it can cause a very painful dry socket (bone infection).

  • Avoid vigorous rinsing, spitting, or drinking through a straw.

  • Avoid hot liquids. Softer, cooler foods are ideal for the first day. Nutrition is important for healing.

Care – Day 2:

Starting tomorrow, gently rinse with warm salt water for 1 week. (1 tsp salt / 1 cup warm water, 6-8 times per day).

*Continue to rinse with water, warm salt water or alcoholfree mouthwash for 30 days, especially after meals to keep the site free from debris.

Sutures (stitches) if required will dissolve without discomfort within 7-10 days. Keep fingers and tongue away from the area.

After cosmetic dental 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 days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our office at Dental Arts Hawaii Phone Number808-829-3200 so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. 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. A mild pain reliever (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

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 in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain 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, wear the night guard we have provided for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.

After crown and bridge appointments

Dental crowns and dental bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Dental Arts Hawaii Phone Number808-829-3200 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dental Arts Hawaii Phone Number 808-829-3200.

After composite fillings (white fillings)

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Dental Arts Hawaii Phone Number808-829-3200.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Dental Arts Hawaii Phone Number 808-829-3200.