During the last 20 years, dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants can restore natural-looking full form and dental function to your mouth. Excellent success rates in implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, Dr. Jensen can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Having taken multiple post-graduate courses to obtain dental implant training, Dr. Jensen is prepared to safely and efficiently place dental implants. Dr. Jensen is also passionate about practicing gentle dentistry techniques and sedation dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible.
Additionally, to stay current on the latest in dental implant technology, Dr. Jensen is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
To learn more about dental implants, call our Boise dental office today at 208-853-2221 to schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Jensen.
What is a Dental Implant?
Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder similar to a small screw that replaces the missing tooth root. Dr. Jensen will surgically place the titanium post in your jawbone by making an incision in the top of your gum tissue where the missing tooth once was.
After four to six months, once the post has fused to your natural bone tissue, Dr. Jensen will carefully place a custom-made crown (cap) over the titanium post to match the natural look of your smile. If you are missing multiple teeth, implants can also be used to secure multiple crowns, a dental bridge, or support full or partial dentures in order to dramatically improve retention and stability.
Every treatment is different and requires proper design, placement and restoration. When you meet with Dr. Jensen, he will go over all the options available to you and help you decide which treatment plan is best for you. There is no fee for a consultation or a second opinion at Maple Grove Dentistry.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Most patients with adequate bone mass and a strong immune system can have implants, although it varies among individuals. During your consultation, you can expect an x-ray and CT-scan to be performed in order to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant. This will also help Dr. Jensen verify the size and type of implant that should be placed.
Dr. Jensen will also review your medical history and perform a full dental examination to confirm you are not experiencing any symptoms of periodontal disease (gum disease). Before beginning the dental implant procedure, it is important that you are in good overall physical health, willing to give up smoking, and committed to implementing a good oral hygiene regimen.
If you are struggling with any of the below issues as a result of missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants:
- Poor digestion
- Problems with chewing and speaking
- Low self-esteem
- Jaw pain
- Looking for a permanent solution to dentures
Benefits of Dental Implants
We understand that deciding whether a dental implant is right for you is a big decision. One of the greatest benefits you will experience is an overall improved quality of life, especially when pain and missing teeth have continually been an issue for you. Outlined below are some other benefits you can expect when choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth:
- Renew your appearance: Implants can fill out your mouth, lips, and cheeks where there were once multiple missing teeth.
- Boost your confidence: Because implants are designed to permanently match the natural look of your missing teeth, your smile can be restored. Smiling not only improves your appearance, but improves your self-esteem and overall quality of life.
- Improve your speech: You will notice an immediate ease in speaking once your dental implants have been placed.
- Restore your dental function: Dental implants will restore your healthy bite, allowing you to chew food properly so you can enjoy your favorite foods and improve your digestion.
- Improve your oral health: Dental implants can prevent long-lasting negative effects to your remaining healthy teeth, such as misalignment, jawbone recession, and TMJ disorder.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures and Bridges
Although dental implants can be a more expensive approach to restoring missing teeth, when compared to fixed bridges and removable full and partial dentures, implants offer numerous advantages:
- Better esthetics: Since implants are placed in the gum similar to the way a natural tooth is supported, they offer a more realistic and natural look.
- Reduction of bone resorption: When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone structure gradually recedes. Placing an implant in that empty space significantly reduces the speed of bone resorption and provides stability for this valuable tissue.
- Retention and Convenience: Patients who have experienced removable full or partial dentures know that keeping their dentures in place is always a challenge. Dental implants offer a great improvement to denture retention for all patients. In some cases, the denture can be secured to a group of implants with special screws that completely stabilizes the denture.
- Preserving natural tooth structure: Often the preferred method of replacing a single missing tooth is a bridge. Bridges require extra preparation for the surrounding teeth to ultimately connect three or more teeth. This negatively impacts your health by making the task of retaining your teeth more difficult and by often requiring the destruction of existing tooth structure to create room for the new bridge. An implant is mostly an independent unit and does not negatively affect the adjacent teeth.
- Durability: Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants are very durable and long-lasting. Implants can last a lifetime if you practice good oral hygiene and take good care of your appliance.
Dental Implant Care
Caring for your dental implants is much like caring for your natural teeth. It is important that you practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Dr. Jensen may advise you to use a special toothbrush and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash in order to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
We also encourage our patients to visit Dr. Jensen every six months for their regular dental check-ups.
Schedule Your Consultation
Looking for a great implant dentist in Boise? For more information and to schedule your consultation, please call 208-853-2221.
Root Canal Therapy to Strengthen and Preserve Your Smile
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that can be performed to save an infected tooth and prevent the need for its removal. A tooth is kept alive by blood vessels found at the center of the tooth. These blood vessels, collectively with other tissues in the core called the pulp, can become damaged by trauma, deep decay, cracks, or multiple dental procedures.
Upon infection, your tooth can become more sensitive to hot and cold, exhibit a dull ache, or develop swelling near the gums. To treat the tooth, at Maple Grove Dentistry, Dr. Jensen will perform root canal therapy by removing the infected pulp, filling the tooth’s core, and sealing the tooth with a dental crown. This procedure can save your tooth, prevent further dental damage, and give you a healthier smile.
If you would like to learn more about how root canal therapy can help you, call our Boise, ID dental office at (208) 853-2221 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Russell Jensen.
Why Do You Need Treatment?
To understand root canal therapy, it helps to understand the inner workings of the tooth. Each tooth is made up of four different layers:
- Enamel (outer surface)
- Soft pulp (inner tissue)
At the very center of the tooth is a soft tissue, often referred to as pulp. It contains blood vessels and nerve endings that travel down through your root canals. When damage and decay occur to the enamel, your dentin layer becomes exposed, triggering the blood vessels and nerve endings in the soft inner pulp. As a result, pain can radiate throughout your mouth, face, and jaw. Pain will also increase if the root or nerve endings themselves become exposed or bacteria buildup causes pressure in the tooth’s core.
Root canal therapy is necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp. This typically occurs when a tooth has deep decay or been injured all the way to the root.
Signs and Symptoms
When there is deep inflammation and infection, some of the more common signs and symptoms to be aware of, include:
- Mild to severe dental pain that throbs, radiates, or is intermittent
- Dental sensitivity to heat or cold
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Darkening or discoloration to the tooth
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Chronic bad breath and/or bad taste in mouth
- Visible infection and drainage
- Gum tenderness and/or inflammation
- Jaw pain
The moment you develop any of the above side effects, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jensen so he can save your tooth. If inflammation and infection goes untreated, it could lead to tooth loss and more serious side effects.
Root canal therapy has come a long way in treatment and technology. It is a relatively simple procedure that, in most cases, can be performed in one to two office visits. Outlined below are the steps you can expect during your procedure:
- Step 1: Jensen will first determine the extent of damage by performing an exam with x-rays. Then he will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. If you have any type of dental anxiety or phobia, we can also provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation to make you even more comfortable. Once you are completely numb and at ease, the procedure will begin.
- Step 2: He will place a small protective sheet (dental dam) over the affected tooth undergoing treatment. This protects the tooth from saliva and bacteria, and also keeps the infection from spreading.
- Step 3: A drill will be used to make a small hole in the top of the tooth in order to access the inner pulp and root canals. Using specially designed instruments, Dr. Jensen will carefully remove the infected tissue and nerves from the root canals and pulp chamber. To prepare it for restoration, he will thoroughly clean and reshape the inside of the tooth.
- Step 4: After the tooth is cleaned and shaped, a special biocompatible material called gutta-percha will be used to fill the root canals. The placing of this rubber-like material, along with adhesive cement, will ensure the roots are completely sealed and protected from further damage and infection.
- Step 5: To close the opening made at the top of the tooth, a temporary or permanent filling will be placed over the area to seal the hole and protect the tooth while it heals.
- Step 6: The dental dam will then be removed and medication administered or prescribed to help prevent further infection. To ensure proper healing, be sure to follow Dr. Jensen’s at-home care instructions. You may experience minor to moderate discomfort for a few days afterwards.
- Step 7: After you have completely healed, the final step is placing a permanent restoration, usually a dental crown, to completely seal the tooth and restore comfortable, full function.
What to Expect During and After Recovery
For the first few days after treatment, you may experience some discomfort, sensitivity, and swelling. If you carefully follow the detailed care instructions and take medications as prescribed, you should notice immediate improvement within a week. To ensure your tooth properly heals, do not chew or bite down until a dental crown has been placed.
To maintain the longevity of your restoration, it’s important to implement a healthy oral hygiene. To keep further tooth decay and infection from developing, brush your teeth twice day, floss at least once a day, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, and attend regular checkups and cleanings.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Although many people fear having root canal therapy performed, it is actually very similar to having a filling placed. The primary benefits to having this treatment performed, include:
- It can save your tooth.
If left untreated, a severely infected tooth could lead to a tooth extraction or cause your tooth to fall out. Missing teeth can lead to jaw recession, TMJ disorder, and dental misalignment. An infected tooth may also lead to blood-borne infection that causes whole-health issues.
- It can keep you from paying for costlier procedures.
- It can relieve your pain.
When you’re in pain, in can affect your job performance, relationships, overall physical health, and quality of life. Just remember, the longer you avoid treatment, the more painful treatment could become.
- It can restore dental function and improve the tooth’s appearance.
When a tooth is severely decayed, fractured, or infected, not only will it cause pain and loss of dental function, but it can also lead to cosmetic concerns. A restoration will protect your tooth from further damage, restore your dental function, and reveal a healthier looking smile.
- It can protect your oral health and overall physical health.
If you have a tooth that is severely infected, that infection can create an abscess and spread throughout your mouth and entire body. Some of the more common side effects include: jawbone recession, gum recession, sinus infection, heart disease, brain abscess, oral cancer, and even coma. By undergoing root canal therapy, you can protect your teeth, maintain a healthy smile, and even save your life.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you experiencing severe dental sensitivity or a toothache? Please call our Boise, ID dental office at (208) 853-2221 today so we can help. Dr. Jensen and the caring and friendly team at Maple Grove Dentistry will ensure you receive the best care possible.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 50 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontal disease. In adults over the age of 65 this percentage increases to 70%. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects your gums and the bone around your gums. Your gums are responsible for protecting the bone that holds your teeth in place as well as helping to enhance your smile. If your gums are not maintained they can become red, swollen and if left untreated can cause the destruction of the underlying bone. Bone loss can lead to loose teeth that can ultimately affect your smile as well as your ability to chew and speak. Research has also shown that periodontal disease is associated with other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Sometimes there are other diseases that can affect the health of your gums but most often dental plaque causes inflammation that leads periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is divided into two categories: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is most often caused by dental plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky biofilm made up of bacteria. It sticks to your teeth and concentrates at the area where the teeth join with the gums. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that causes the gums to become red, inflamed and swollen. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss it is because of this bacterial inflammation. If the plaque is not removed it can irritate your gums to the point where the gums separate from the teeth and a small pocket is created. If you remember the hygienist calling out numbers the last time you were in for a visit he or she was recording the size of these pockets. Plaque that is not removed can calcify and become what is known as tartar or calculus. If gingivitis is not treated and it progresses it will be reclassified as periodontitis. At this point the gums and bone around the teeth will deteriorate without intervention.
Fortunately gingivitis and periodontitis are diseases that can be managed. Gingivitis and Periodontitis can be controlled with regular check-ups, professional cleanings, and proper brushing and flossing.
If you suspect that you may have periodontitis, or if it’s just been a while since you’ve had your teeth cleaned, call us today at 208-853-2221 to schedule an appointment.
Teeth can require extraction for various reasons. Sometimes a tooth may become so badly damaged or decayed that it is no longer restorable. Other times a tooth may have advanced periodontal disease and can no longer be treated. At that point you and Dr. Jensen may determine that you need the tooth removed.
Call us at 208-853-2221 to schedule a consultation for a tooth extraction.
Prior to extraction Dr. Jensen will review with you your options for replacement. Not replacing the tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift that can then affect the way your teeth touch. This can then lead to complications with your ability to chew and with your jaw.
Dr. Jensen has received extensive training and has a lot of experience in removing teeth. At the time of removal the tooth, gums surrounding the tooth and the jawbone will be numbed with local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are also available if desired. The tooth will then be removed atraumatically.
Post-Op Care and Instructions:
Some bleeding can occur following extraction and is considered normal. To stop the bleeding place a piece of moist gauze over the area where the tooth was removed and apply pressure by biting down for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding continues this process can be repeated.
Sometimes tooth extraction can cause post-operative swelling. You will be advised following your appointment as to whether or not a cold pack would slow any potential swelling. If, following your appointment, swelling develops, place an icepack on the swollen area for 20 minutes and then remove it for 10 minutes. This process can be repeated as necessary.
Managing Pain with Medications:
Dr. Jensen often will recommend Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Tylenol (Acetaminophen) to manage any pain after the tooth is removed. Sometimes patients may need narcotic pain medication to be comfortable. Dr. Jensen will review pain medication recommendations with you at the time of your appointment.
Brushing and Cleaning:
To avoid complications avoid brushing the teeth near the area where the tooth was removed for 24 hours. After 24 hours you may gentle clean the teeth in that area and you can rinse with diluted salt water. Regular mouth wash should not be used for a week following extraction.
Healing and Dry Socket Complications:
After the tooth has been removed there will be a hole in the bone where the root was. You and Dr. Jensen may have elected to place bone building material (bone graft) in this area for a future implant. The gums will heal over this area in a couple of weeks. During this healing period be sure to follow the instructions given at the extraction appointment to minimize the risk of developing dry socket. Signs and symptoms of dry socket include a dull throbbing pain that appears 3-4 days following the extraction. It can also cause bad breath or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Dry socket will usually heal on its own however you may contact our office for palliative treatment until it heals.
At Maple Grove Dentistry, Dr. Russell Jensen wants to help everyone feel comfortable with the state of their smiles. Patients who maintain six-month dental visits often feel empowered by the routine, and are glad to play a role in the fate of their own oral health. But for patients who suffer from dental anxiety, a trip to the dentist may fraught with challenges. Oral sedation may help.
Dr. Jenson does not take it personally when a patient has an aversion to dental treatments. Whether it be fear, anxiety, or shame—we will always take the time to listen to your concerns without judgment, and to help you find a way to be more comfortable getting the professional care you need.
Many of our patients with dental aversion or dental anxiety find oral sedation to be an excellent support in this process. Oral sedation uses mild sedative and anti-anxiety medications to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during all dental interactions and procedures.
If you need dental care, but fear or aversion have kept you from the dentist, call Our Boise, Idaho dental clinic at 208-853-2221 to learn how we can help. Dr. Johnson understands the challenges you face.
Oral Sedation at Maple Grove
There are myriad reasons why a person may have negative associations with dental appointments and procedures.
- Memories of a unpleasant experience from childhood may trigger panic.
- A period of neglected oral hygiene may cause a feeling of shame.
- The sensory experience may be overwhelming (bright lights, loud dental tools).
- Fear of pain, needles, or immobilization may invoke stress.
Regardless of the causes or triggers, we welcome all our patients to share their feelings with us, from the very first visit. Before we start any treatment, we want to have an honest conversation about your needs and concerns. Our goal is to give you a healthy and happy smile, and we will work together to get you there, at a pace you are comfortable with.
Two of the most successful tools we use to help our patients with dental anxiety are nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Almost all of our Boise and Meridian patients can receive the benefits of sedation dentistry, which include deep relaxation, less nervousness, and the feeling of a faster, easier appointment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Jensen will review your concerns and determine what type of sedation dentistry will benefit you the most.
Nitrous Oxide Gas
Sometimes called laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used safely in dentistry for decades. It is inhaled through the nose, via a facemask that delivers a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The mask can be worn throughout treatment and can reduce both discomfort and feelings of anxiety. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that its effects do not last long after the mask is removed, and you will recover quickly when your procedure is finished. You will remain conscious the entire time, but will feel much more relaxed and unconcerned by the things that usually cause you to feel stressed. Patients routinely drive themselves home after sedation with nitrous oxide.
This option is extremely popular with patients, as it takes effect before you even sit down in the dental chair. When you arrive at our office, we will give you a pill to take to help you relax and feel calm. We will not start our treatments until the medicine has taken effect and you are comfortable proceeding. Oral sedation does not render you unconscious, but is so effective at reducing stress and anxiety that many of our previously uncomfortable patients actually fall asleep in the chair. The medication may stay in your system for several hours after your visit, so we require our patients to have a friend or family member drive them home afterwards.
Dental Anxiety is Common
Despite its necessity, it’s no secret that most people don’t really enjoy going to the dentist. Even if you have never had a cavity filled, dental visits interfere with our routines, are filled with unusual sounds and odors, and are strangely unlike any other social or medical experience. Perhaps there’s just something peculiar about having another person’s hands tooling around in the personal space of your mouth.
But we know in our hearts that dental visits are good for us, so we go to our dental cleanings and exams faithfully. By the time we leave our appointment, we feel good about ourselves and probably enjoyed visiting with our friendly dentist and his staff, anyway. So we consent to do it again in six months.
But for millions of Americans, this is not the full story. For many, dental care is not routine, due to economic factors, geography, or dental anxiety. If a person cannot access routine preventive treatments (regardless of the initial cause) he or she is more likely to suffer tooth decay and gum disease. Ultimately, patients with erratic dental care will be more likely to need restorative treatments, such as fillings, root canals, or dental crowns. The longer treatment is delayed, the more painful and severe the symptoms can become. Patients may also feel shame about needing or delaying dental work, which only worsens the situation, and creates another layer to the barriers that prevent them from seeking help.
At Maple Grove Dentistry, we aim to combat the cycle of dental anxiety, neglect, and shame with open ears and an open heart.
If you or someone you love suffers from dental anxiety that prohibits access to valuable dental care, now is the time to intervene. More and more people are able to keep their teeth for life today, but not if they neglect their dental health. Without regular preventive and restorative treatments, many adults fall prey to aggressive gum disease, which leads to tooth loss. Don’t let fear or avoidance stand in your way of a healthy smile.
One of the dangers of gum disease is that it can have a slow onset, which can lead sufferers to downplay its severity. If a person experiences gum recession and sore gums, he may think “my teeth are just getting old; that’s just what happens.” But all those signs of “just getting old” can be treated with periodontal care to minimize symptoms. A dental intervention can save a loved one’s teeth, and help him maintain his quality of life indefinitely.
The best way to help loved ones take steps toward reclaiming their oral health is to initiate an honest conversation about their avoidance of dental care. Start with open questions, and let them explain their feelings and frustrations:
- When was the last time you saw a dentist?
- Why haven’t you seen a dentist lately?
- Are any teeth bothering you? Do you have pain?
- Do your gums ever get swollen or sore?
Once he or she has had the chance to speak, an explanation of fears or anxieties may come out naturally. If not, ask more direct questions:
- Why do you avoid going to the dentist?
- What do expect to happen?
- Have you had a bad experience in the past?
Oftentimes, giving a person the chance to discuss his or her feelings can be the first step toward seeing things in a new light. If you’ve had positive experiences at Maple Grove Dentistry or elsewhere, share those stories with your loved one and perhaps he or she will be more open to seeking treatment.
Prevent Dental Problems, Prevent Dental Anxiety
Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety, and much of it is connected to the way we approach our dental health. Seeing a dentist is not like going to a doctor. Most of us try to live well, eat healthy, exercise often—but we only see a doctor when we get sick. Applying this pattern to your dental health sets you up for poor oral health; dental visits are actually the best prevention for painful conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you only see a dentist when you have a toothache or other problem, you miss out on the preventive side of dentistry, and cause yourself unnecessary pain (and expensive restorative treatments). You also create negative associations with dentistry, which can worsen dental anxiety.
Many who experience dental anxiety or aversion draw on memories of an earlier age. In the past, there was a time when the dental industry didn’t put so much effort into patient comfort. But today, we approach every patient with sensitivity to past experiences and present state of health. We offer sedation and anesthetics to make treatments more comfortable, and enjoy forming a partnership with each patient to preserve dental function, any way we can.
There is no reason why dental appointments should be painful or stressful for anyone in the 21st century; modern dental offices utilize effective anesthetics and many methods of sedation. For the next generation, we can start dental appointments early in life, and teach our children that six-month visits are the best way to keep teeth healthy and prevent dental disasters. The more we instill this message, the better we can prevent painful conditions and reduce overall fear and anxiety.
If someone you love needs support initiating dental care, call us today at 208-853-2221 to speak with a member of our team about dental anxiety and aversion. Dr. Johnson wants to help everyone get the care they need. Our Boise, Idaho dental clinic can help!
- Crown, Bridges, Onlays
- Root Canal Therapy
- Teeth Cleaning (Deep Cleaning)
- Implant Surgery
- Denture Delivery
- Pressure should be placed on damp gauze by biting down for 30-45 minutes following the extraction. If the area is still bleeding replace the gauze and apply pressure for another 45 minutes. The area may ooze but there shouldn’t be significant bleeding.
- If your children had a tooth removed please monitor them closely so that they do not bite their numb lips or tongue.
- Avoid drinking or eating anything hot or spicy following your extraction. Carbonated beverages, drinking with a straw and spitting should also be avoided. You should not brush the teeth in the area where the tooth was removed for at least 24 hours.
- Do not smoke for 48 hours after your tooth is removed.
- Surgical extractions may result in some pain, swelling, and/or bruising. Applying an ice pack and following the medication protocol given to you at your appointment will help to minimize these complications.
- Please strictly follow the medication protocol given to you.
- For 3-4 days following your surgery a soft food and liquid diet should be followed. Foods that are high in protein such as yogurt, milkshakes, and scrambled eggs are recommended.
- Contact our office if you experience severe pain, swelling, excessive bleeding or if you have any other questions or concerns. If serious emergencies arise you should call 911.
- Avoid eating until the numbness has worn off.
- If your child had a filling done please monitor them closely so they do not bite or chew their lips or tongue.
- Although rare, you may experience cold or heat sensitivity and/or gum soreness for a few days following your appointment. This should subside but please contact our office if it continues for longer than two weeks.
- Crowns and bridges are usually completed in two appointments. The first appointment will involve preparing the tooth so the lab can fabricate your custom crown. You will then return for a second appointment during which your crown will be cemented.
- Following your initial appointment you may have some tooth sensitivity or your gums may be slightly sore. Any sensitivity or gum soreness should go away after the permanent crown is cemented.
- Your temporary crown is made of plastic. As such it can break if you place too much pressure on it. Likewise, it is cemented with temporary cement so it can be removed at a later date. To avoid having the temporary come off unexpectedly be sure to avoid chewing sticky or hard foods (gum, ice, etc). The temporary is placed to protect your tooth and to make sure it does not move. As such, if the temporary comes off prior to your next appointment, put it back in place if possible and contact our office.
- You should continue to brush your teeth normally while the temporary is in place. When flossing you can floss towards the gums but then pull the floss through the sides of your teeth so that you do not accidently pull the temporary off.
- Following root canal therapy it is not uncommon to experience moderate pain and or sensitive to pressure on your tooth. Additionally, your gums may be sore for a few days following treatment. The tooth takes several days to heal but the pain should go away.
- Following any pain medication protocol given to you by the office.
- Be sure to bite carefully if a crown is not placed on your tooth at the time the root canal is completed. Sometimes the tooth can be fragile and will need to be reinforced before you can chew normally with it. Any unnecessary delay in reinforcing the tooth may damage it permanently.
- After your deep cleaning appointment you may experience some hot or cold sensitivity. This should subside after a day or two.
- Continue to brush and floss as instructed by the hygienist and be sure to follow any additional instructions you were given.
- Mild bleeding following a deep cleaning is considered normal but please contact our office if you are experiencing excessive bleeding.
- You may experience some mild discomfort or bleeding the day of your implant surgery.
- Follow all of the pain management recommendations given to you at your appointment.
- Apply an ice bag to your face over the area where the implant was placed for 10 minutes and then remove it for 5 minutes. This process can be repeated to minimize the swelling.
- Avoid raising or pulling your lips to the side to look at the surgical area.
- Avoid brushing your teeth near the surgical area for 24 hours.
- Your new dentures will cause ‘hot spots’ or areas where the denture is rubbing painfully against the gums. All new dentures need to be adjusted so that they will fit comfortably in your mouth. Note any areas where the denture doesn’t feel like it is fitting right and address them with Dr. Jensen or the assistant at your next appointment.
- Take some time to get used to your new dentures. It will take practice to learn to talk and eat with them. Do not get discouraged as your muscles and tongue will adapt rather quickly to the new change.
- Remove your dentures every night and keep them in a container with water and a denture cleaning solution. Your gums need to rest without having the dentures covering them all of the time.
- Clean your dentures with a denture brush and water before placing them back in your mouth. Avoid any harsh abrasives or stiff bristled brushes as they can damage your denture.