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 new thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, please call us so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.
It’s normal to experience some slight hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity. Your gums may also be sore for several days, but rinsing three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water… rinse, swish, and spit) should reduce pain and swelling. Mild pain medication, such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), or Tylenol (acetaminophen) should ease your discomfort during the adjustment period. Sensodyne toothpaste alternating with therapeutic fluoride toothpaste, such as Prevident 500 Plus Sensitivity Formula, or Fluoridex, can also help gradually decrease sensitivity.
It’s important to protect your new teeth. Any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies and any unusually hard foods or substances, such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils, or ice. Avoid or minimize your use of foods that stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine, and berries. Smoking will quickly yellow your teeth.
Clenching and grinding are very destructive to porcelain restorations, as well as to your natural teeth. Improving the function can help, but it is also critical to wear a well-fitting, properly-adjusted, custom-protective appliance while sleeping. Let us know if you grind your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouth guard.
If you have any problems or concerns, please feel free to call the office at 860-232-4511. After working hours you may call Dr. Santiago at 860-490-7661. We are always glad to help.