Blackwood
Family Dental Care

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After a FILLING

When local anaesthetics is needed for your comfort it can take approximately 2-3 hours to regain normal sensation to the area however, this varies some people metabolise the anaesthetic faster and some slower then this range. It is important to be careful with your mouth during this time to prevent injuries to the numb area. 
Once you leave our clinic the filling is at its maximum strength so special care for the restorative material is not required unless advised at the appointment.
For extensive and deep fillings it is normal that the surrounding gums can be a bit tender and the tooth slightly sensitive for a short time afterwards. Please contact us if you do not experience steady improvement.     
After an EXTRACTION

We recommend you try to have a restful day after an extraction. Please refer to the post-operative instructions sheet we provide you, if you have any further questions or concerns please contact our practice.  
After a SCALE & CLEAN

The teeth can transiently feel more sensitive after a clean especially if there was extensive build-up blanketing the teeth. The bacterial build-up can also cause the gums to recede resulting in more sensitive teeth. We recommend using sensitive tooth paste or tooth mousse if this occurs. 
The gums may feel tender after the clean warm salt water rinses will help settle them down. Once they heal over the next day or two they will be much firmer and healthier in the absence of the calculus. 
After getting new DENTURES

Every denture fits differently even if you have experience with wearing dentures. The design of a denture is orientated around maximising retention and stability to achieve maximum aesthetics and function. In some cases immediate adjustments are carried out as the patient feels areas of discomfort. Some areas of discomfort resolve as the gums and teeth adjust to the coverage of the new denture. Sore areas may only become apparent after the denture has been worn and used for some time. We like to make a courtesy call 5-7 days after you have been issued with your new dentures to make sure you are happy and comfortable. If there are any problems we will promptly appoint you for further adjustments. We do not charge for adjusting your new denture made by us regardless of how many visits you require.
Caring for your MOUTH GUARD, NIGHT GUARD

When not in use make sure your guard is stored in the boxes provided to you. After each use rinse with cold water and brush with your toothbrush. Avoid using hot water as this can irreversibly distort or weaken your guard.
* Please note that all of the above information is intended as a helpful general guide, there maybe individual variations. We recommend calling our practice for further questions.