Some key points to consider.
Virtually all dental procedures involve some type of intervention with the natural state of your teeth; a check up being about the only one that doesn’t.
Our experienced Cheshunt dentists will always do whatever they can to make any treatment as gentle as possible, but most procedures will still require a certain level of aftercare, either to preserve the tooth repair itself or to prevent infection and other complications.
You will be given full aftercare instructions following a procedure at The Lodge Dental Suite, but, briefly, here are some of the most important pieces of aftercare advice that we usually offer.
Whether you have an amalgam or a tooth coloured filling, always allow time for these to fully harden before using them to bite or chew food. It is probably best to avoid harder foods for approximately 24 hours.
Following a tooth extraction you will be given a piece of gauze to bite on to stem any blood flow and form a clot. Do not poke at the clot with anything, including your tongue as dislodging it may lead to a dry socket which can be quite painful. You will need to keep the area of the procedure clean though and can do so by tipping some warm saline solution over the area. Do not swill round the mouth or spit as this may also dislodge the clot.
You should exercise caution when eating and we will offer further advice about this at the time.
Root canal treatment
Root canal therapy is an effective way of saving an infected tooth but it typically will not have the same degree of strength following the treatment. The tooth will also be sensation free, due to the nerves having been removed during the procedure. The combination of these factors means that you should take extra care to avoid using it to bite down on hard foods in case of breakage. You will also need to make sure to keep it clean as you would with your remaining natural teeth.
Once attached, a dental crown will offer a good level of strength to the restored tooth. However, you still need to take good care of your of your teeth, as any decay could affect the underlying natural tooth which supports the crown. Any structural changes could mean that the crown becomes less securely attached. In the rare event that the crown does become detached, please contact us to have it reattached. Do not attempt this yourself!
We have covered this in more detail in previous blogs and there are a number of stages to the treatment for which particular care is needed at each step. Even in the long term though, you should make sure to keep the dental implant and the gums clean as periodontitis and peri-implantitis are ongoing threats where implants are not maintained properly.
If you are from Cheshunt, Waltham Cross or Enfield, and would like more information about our treatments, whether cosmetic or restorative, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388.