I have a sore spot when I chew.
You may need to schedule an adjustment of the filling. After a root canal, the tooth could still have some inflammation that may cause discomfort if you are chewing hard on the tooth. A simple adjustment can relieve the tooth and allow you to chew more comfortably.
My gums are sore from the injections.
Your gums can be sore from the injections for several days. A warm salt water rinse should soothe the area, as well as taking any prescribed anti inflammatory medication to help reduce the discomfort. It’s also okay to alternate between warm and cold compresses for the first 48 hours.
I have a loose fitting Denture.
If your denture is old, it may be time for a new set. The bone and gum structures in your mouth can change over time and affect how your denture fits. Sometimes you can have your existing dentures relined to fit better. A reline is a process that can be done at our office and allows for us to add to your denture and give it a more comfortable feel.
I have a sore spot from my new denture.
If you have new dentures, you may want to limit the amount of time that you are wearing them until you are completely comfortable chewing all different types of foods. If a sore spot emerges, you may need to have your denture adjusted so that the sore areas do not get bigger.
Leave your denture out and continue to keep your mouth clean until you can come into our office to have your denture adjusted.
My partial denture needs adjusting.
Adjusting the clasp on your partial is a very common procedure that can tighten or loosen the feel of your partial. This is something that should only be done in a dental office.
My Denture is cracked.
Schedule an appointment to have it professionally repaired. We will always try to repair a broken denture whenever possible. Over-the counter glues and products can ruin your denture.
FILLINGS and CROWNS
My tooth is sensitive to temperature.
Immediately after a filling, your tooth may be sensitive. The nerve inside of your tooth can become irritated after a filling or crown. Normally this sensitivity goes away on its own and you should be able to drink and eat food of all temperatures. If the discomfort does not improve and you start to feel pain that keeps you up at night, schedule an appointment to have your tooth looked at.
My temporary crown came off.
Schedule an appointment to have it re-cemented or have a new one fabricated.
EXTRACTIONS and SURGERY
I’m starting to show signs of swelling after my extraction.
Swelling can be a normal part of healing after any surgery. You want to ice the affected area for the first 72 hours by placing a cold compress on the area for 15 minutes at time. Continue to use cold compresses and continue to take any anti inflammatory medications that you are prescribed to reduce the swelling. If the swelling is causing difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek medical help immediately. Normally after 3-5 days, the swelling will start to disappear and you can use a warm compress if needed.
I feel something sharp near where my tooth was removed.
Your tooth is surrounded by bone and occasionally after an extraction a small piece can come loose during the healing processes. They normally come out on their own, and you can use a warm compress to massage your gums to loosen it more. If it doesn’t come out within 10 days, call our office and we will gladly remove it for you.