How long should my numbness last?
The length of time you feel numb can vary greatly between patients. As a general rule, most numbness should wear off within 2-6 hours of receiving the anesthetic. Please contact our office if numbness lasts more than 24 hours.
Is it normal to have some hypersensitivity to cold after having a filling placed?
It is normal for a vital tooth to experience a hypersensitivity after having a filling placed. Generally, the cold sensitivity should slowly subside over a two week period; this is a sign of a healthy tooth. If the sensitivity worsens or stays the same and even “throbs” a little after the cold stimulation is removed, this can be a sign of an unhealthy or irreversibly damaged nerve. Also, if you notice that the recently filled tooth spontaneously hurts without any cold or hot stimulation, this can also be a sign of an unhealthy tooth. Contact our office immediately if you have any concerns regarding your hypersensitive tooth.
How long should I expect bleeding from the tooth extraction site?
It is normal to experience “weeping” of a clear fluid from the extraction site for up to a day following extraction. It is also normal to expect some minor bleeding from the socket for the first few days after extraction if the socket is disturbed such as when eating or brushing the teeth. This bleeding should be very short-lived and not last longer than a few minutes. If you notice heavy bleeding from the socket at anytime or continuous bleeding that cannot be controlled by placing pressure on the socket with sterile gauze, please contact us as soon as possible or call 911.
When can I resume exercise and other strenuous activities?
Depending on the number of teeth you had removed, it is advised to discontinue strenuous exercise for a minimum of two to three days to allow the clot that forms in the socket to become more stable.
Is it normal to experience hypersensitivity during or after whitening my teeth?
Tooth whitening using professionally prescribed whitening gels is a very safe and effective procedure. The most common side effect is hypersensitivity of the teeth. This hypersensitivity is only temporary and will resolve on its own within a few days. If you notice tenderness of your gums following whitening, this can be a sign that you are using too much gel in your whitening tray or loading it improperly. Please contact our office to make an appointment so that we may instruct you on how to properly use the take-home whitening system.
Post-Crown Preparation and Cementation:
My temporary crown came off, what should I do?
Please contact us to let us know that your temporary crown has come loose. Depending on multiple factors, it may be recommended to you that you come in to have it recemented as soon as possible. If the temporary is in an area that is highly visible when you speak or smile and you are concerned about your physical appearance, please contact us so that we can arrange to recement the temporary immediately. If you feel comfortable doing so and can positively seat the temporary back onto the tooth, you can try to place a small amount of toothpaste inside of the temporary and place the temporary back onto the tooth. In many cases, this will be sufficient if your next scheduled appointment is less than a week away.
Should I expect any pain after a crown preparation appointment?
Mild discomfort and soreness is normal following a crown or bridge preparation appointment. This discomfort can range from tooth sensitivity to soreness in the gums around the tooth. If necessary, we recommend taking an over-the-counter pain medicine such as Ibuprofen to help alleviate mild to moderate discomfort. Please contact us if immediately if your discomfort is not alleviated by over-the-counter pain medications or if the discomfort is not decreasing over time.