Chewing and Eating
If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely. Avoid chewing for at least one half-hour to allow the cement to set. To keep your temporary in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods, especially chewing gum.
Brushing and Flossing
Brush normally, but floss very carefully. Remove floss from the side to prevent the removal of the temporary. In some cases, we may advise you to avoid flossing around the temporary. If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold or pressure, use desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne. If sensitivity increases or persists beyond a few days, call us.
We may advise and give you peroxide in a brush tip syringe to keep the gums clean around your temporaries and use on a daily basis.
Medication and Discomfort
If a medication is prescribed, please take as directed.
To reduce any discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth 3 times a day with warm salt water. It's normal for your gums to be sore for several days.
When to call us
Call us if your temporary comes off. Save the temporary or any pieces so it can be re-cemented. It's very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that your temporary stay in place. Call our office if the bite feels uneven, you have sensitivity or discomfort that increases or continues beyond 3 to 4 days, or if you have any questions or concerns.
We will be seeing you 2-3 days after preparation to evaluate your temporaries and finalize your case with the laboratory.