ARC Dental Bali
ARC Dental Bali

Aftercare

DENTAL RESTORATIONS

(CROWNS, BRIDGES, VENEERS, INLAYS & FILLINGS)

  • The anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting the cheek, tongue, lip, etc.) and to refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the anesthesia completely wears off.
  • Children should be observed until the anesthesia has COMPLETELY worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue, which can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid hard or sticky foods that may dislodge temporary crowns, such as: hard candies, nuts, caramels, licorice, jelly beans, chewing gum, toffee, gummy bears and very crunchy fresh vegetables such as carrots and celery.
  • You may experience sensitivity to temperature and pressure, gum soreness and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth; it should subside after the placement of a permanent crown.
  • The possible symptoms of hot or cold sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better there is no need for concern. However, if your teeth and gums are not getting better, please contact The Clinic immediately for follow-up.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. This is normal and will cease over time.
  • After a day or two post-treatment, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give The Clinic a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.
  • Mild to moderate pain or discomfort after dental work is common. You may take Ibuprofen or Paracetamol for this (NOT Aspirin). If discomfort increases, please contact The Clinic.
  • Proper care of your new crown(s) or bridge includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily and regulating your intake of sugar-containing food and drinks. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration, but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

DENTAL SURGICAL PROCEDURES

(incl. Implants, & Extractions)

  • The anesthesia will wear off approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting the cheek, tongue, lip, etc.) and to refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the anesthesia completely wears off.
  • Children should be observed until the anesthesia has COMPLETELY worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue, which can cause serious damage.
  • Try not to disturb the area with your tongue or fingers.
  • Avoid dairy products for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to drink.
  • Eat soft foods for the first two days, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Rinse after eating with the mouthwash you have been given, (Minosep® – containing Chlorhedidine 0.2%) and use in the evening. You should gently bathe the surgical site for at least 1 minute, 3 times a day.
    Use any antibacterial mouthwash containing Chlorhexidine or Chlorhexamed.
  • Do not undertake strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours (running / gym).
  • You are advised not to smoke for 24 hours post-treatment.
  • You may have some swelling and/or bruising following your treatment. This is quite normal and can be reduced with ice packs (or a bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel.
  • If you experience pain post-treatment, take Ibuprofen or Paracetamol (NOT Aspirin), and take your first dose before the anaesthetic has completely worn off. If after a few days you experience increasing pain and swelling, you must return to The Clinic so that we can ensure you are not beginning to develop an infection.
  • Some minor bleeding after surgery in the mouth is normal. If this persists, apply pressure by biting firmly down over the area on a dampened gauze swab or clean handkerchief for 60 minutes whilst sitting upright and then contact The Clinic.
  • If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your surgery, please ensure that you complete the course.
  • You should start cleaning your other teeth as normal with a soft toothbrush, starting on the evening of your surgery. Avoid brushing the surgical site for the first few days, but then begin to carefully clean this area with a soft toothbrush as well, once tenderness permits.

DENTURES

  • Clean your dentures and your gums every evening by brushing with a soft toothbrush and a mildly abrasive denture paste.
  • To clean your dentures, brush under running water to remove any food particles then soak in a cleanser. After soaking, brush again under running water to remove any remnants of the cleanser.
  • Soak your dentures in a cleaning solution containing active oxygen, , for example Polident or Steradent, at least once a week.
  • For new dentures, minor modifications may be required on the denture base because your new dentures will not be identical to your old ones. Two to three returning visits to The Clinic can be expected to achieve the perfect fit.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

  • The anesthesia will wear off approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting the cheek, tongue, lip etc.) and to refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the anesthesia has completely worn off.
  • Children should be observed until the anesthesia has COMPLETELY worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue, which can cause serious damage.
  • You may experience pain in the bone area and some tenderness in the treated area for a few days after your root canal treatment. This is normal.
  • Analgesic painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol may be taken if you experience pain or discomfort post-treatment, or use your usual pain medication.
  • After a Root Canal procedure, your treated tooth is more prone to breakage. For this reason, a follow-up restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay within the next 6-8 weeks.
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, immediately contact The Clinic.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as normal.
  • Contact The Clinic right immediately if you develop either of the following:

a). a visible swelling inside or outside your mouth;
b). a return of original symptoms.

Teeth Whitening & Bleaching

  • Don’t drink red wine, tea or coffee immediately after you have your teeth whitened. These can stain your teeth.
  • Avoid any dark-coloured food and beverages for 24 hours to prevent staining. These foods include beetroot, tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, curries, dark berries, etc.
  • Don’t wear lipstick immediately after the teeth whitening session as it can stain the teeth and leave behind a residue.
  • Drink beverages using a straw. This reduces the amount of fluid that has contact with the front surfaces of your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking for the next 24 hours.
  • Rinse after each meal to remove excess food particles. If you choose to use a mouth rinse, look for one with teeth whitening properties.
  • In 25% of dental patients, cold sensitivity occurs during and post-treatment but will settle down after a short period of time.
  • Be patient as teeth whitening procedures continue to work even after you have left The Clinic.
  • Brush and floss regularly. Maintaining your standard dental routines will help you keep your teeth looking shiny and clean for weeks after the treatment.
  • To maintain the whiteness of your teeth for many years, we recommend you utilize our home-bleaching kit.