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Composite Resin Restorations ( White Fillings)

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Congratulations! You have just received the most advanced, state-of-the-art adhesive, tooth-colored restorative material available today. We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is our privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at 801-282-2323 if you have any questions. At Jordan Valley Dental we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.

The filling material is already hardened with the use of a high intensity light. You may begin to use it right away. The tooth will look natural in color, so you may not be able to notice the restoration. The surface texture and/or shape of the restoration may feel a little different at first, but your bite should feel normal. If your bite feels uneven once the anesthesia wears off, a simple adjustment may be necessary and can be corrected during a subsequent visit; or you may call or office to schedule a follow-up evaluation.

Numbness

If you have been given an anesthetic, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Please be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until the numbness has completely worn off.

Tooth Sensitivity

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot, cold, and biting pressure after your appointment. This should diminish gradually over time, but may last up to 14 days. If sensitivity persists longer than 14 days, or worsens over time, please call our office.

Pain

Frequently pain and discomfort is experienced following an injection. It is recommended that you take some ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before the anesthetic completely wears off. This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where the anesthetic was administered. Your gums may also be sore for several days. This may be due to the location of the restoration, and/or the use of a rubber dam during the procedure. Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling.

Additional Treatment

When fillings are placed or replaced, compromised tooth structure must be removed to allow placement of the restoration.

At times, this may cause trauma to underlying pulp tissue. Should the pulp not heal, which often times is exhibited by extreme sensitivity or possible abscess, root canal treatment may be required.

Maintaining the Beauty of Your Teeth

Proper care includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily. We would like to remind you not to bite anything with your teeth that can damage them (such as finger nails, fishing line, paper clips, pens, etc.). We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. If you have had a periodontal problem (gum disease) in the past, you should see us a minimum of three times a year. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

Cosmetic Reconstruction

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Congratulations! We are so excited for you to show your family and friends your new smile! We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is our privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at 801-282-2323 if you have any questions. At Jordan Valley Dental we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Changes

We have made significant changes to your mouth. In most situations, it will take time to adjust to the feel of your brand 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 thickness as normal. If after 5-7 days you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call us so we can schedule an adjustment appointment. Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivary flow.

Your brain may respond to the new size and shape of your teeth by increasing salivary flow. This should subside, and return to normal within a week or two.

Numbness

If you have been given an anesthetic, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Please be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until the numbness has completely worn off.

Tooth Sensitivity

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot, cold, and biting pressure after your appointment. This should diminish gradually over time, but may last up to 14 days. If sensitivity persists longer than 14 days, or worsens over time, please call our office.

Pain

Frequently pain and discomfort is experienced following an injection. It is recommended that you take some ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before the anesthetic completely wears off. This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where the anesthetic was administered. Your gums may also be sore around the teeth we worked on. This may last for several days. Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling.

Maintaining the Beauty of Your Teeth

Daily plaque removal is critical for the long term success of your dental work. Please take good care of your teeth and restorations, you have invested a lot of time and finances to reconstruct your mouth. Proper care includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily. We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. We’ll use the appropriate cleaning abrasives and techniques for your specific cosmetic work. If you have had a periodontal problem (gum disease) in the past, you should see us a minimum of three times a year. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

We would like to remind you not to bite anything with your teeth that can damage them (such as finger nails, fishing line, pens, etc.). It’s important to change any bad habits to protect your new teeth. If it’s not food, don’t put it in your mouth!

Any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies, any unusually hard foods (such as peanut brittle, hard candies, corn nuts, or ice). Avoid or minimize your use of foods that stain such as tea, coffee, red wine and berries. Smoking may adversely affect the color of your teeth.

Let us know if you grind your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouth guard. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, we always welcome your questions. Thank you very much for choosing Jordan Valley Dental for your dental treatment.

Crown and Bridge

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Congratulations on your new crown or bridge. We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is our privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at 801-282-2323 if you have any questions. At Jordan Valley Dental we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.

First Visit

On the first appointment the teeth are prepared, and a detailed impression is taken of the teeth. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom crown or bridge is being made.

Temporary Crown or Bridge

The temporary crown or bridge that has been placed is made from a plasticized acrylic. It is only cemented on with a very weak temporary cement to ensure that it can be removed easily at your next appointment. On rare occasions, the temporary may come off or break. If this happens, call our office right away and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that the temporary stays in place. To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent accidental removal of the temporary. If your temporary feels uneven please call our office.

Numbness

If you have been given an anesthetic, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Please be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until the numbness has completely worn off.

Tooth Sensitivity

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot, cold, and biting pressure after your appointment. This should diminish gradually over time, but may last up to 14 days. If sensitivity persists longer than 14 days, or worsens over time, please call our office.

Pain

Frequently pain and discomfort is experienced following an injection. It is recommended that you take some ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before the anesthetic completely wears off. This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where the anesthetic was administered. Your gums may also be sore around the teeth we worked on. This may last for several days. Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling.

Second Visit

On the second appointment we will remove the temporary crown or bridge, clean any residual temporary cement from the teeth, and cement the permanent crown or bridge in place.

Additional Treatment

When crowns or bridges are placed, significant tooth structure must be removed to allow placement of the restoration.

At times, this may cause trauma to the underlying pulp tissue (nerve). Should the nerve not heal, which often times is exhibited by extreme sensitivity or possible abscess, root canal treatment may be required.

Maintaining the Beauty of Your Teeth

Proper care includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily. We would like to remind you not to bite anything with your teeth that can damage them (such as finger nails, fishing line, paper clips, pens, etc.). We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. If you have had a periodontal problem (gum disease) in the past, you should see us a minimum of three times a year. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

Tooth Extraction

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Sometimes the after effects of oral surgery can be quite minimal, so not all of these instructions may apply. Common sense will often dictate what you should do. However, when in doubt, follow these guidelines or call our office for clarification. Our phone number is 801-282-2323.

Day of Surgery

First Hour

Bite down firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgery areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first 30 minutes unless the bleeding is not being controlled. If active bleeding persists, replace the gauze with new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30-60 minutes. Gauze may be changed as necessary and should be dampened prior to placement.

Exercise Care

Do not disturb the surgical area today. Do not rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects or your fingers. You may brush your teeth very gently. DO NOT SMOKE for at least 48 hours, since it is very detrimental to healing. Avoid using a straw, do not drink carbonated beverages or alcoholic beverages, and do not rinse with mouthwash containing alcohol for the first week. These have been identified as possible contributing factors in the development of a dry socket.

Oozing

Intermittent bleeding or oozing is normal and may last for 8-12 hours. It may be controlled by placing fresh gauze over the surgical areas and biting down firmly for 30-60 minutes.

Steady Bleeding

Bleeding should never be severe. If it is, it usually means that the packs are being clenched between your teeth rather than exerting pressure on the surgical areas. Try repositioning fresh packs. If bleeding persists or becomes heavy you may substitute a tea bag (soaked in hot water, squeezed damp-dry and wrapped in moist gauze) for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding remains uncontrolled please call our office.

Swelling

Often there is some swelling associated with extractions. You can minimize this by using a cold pack or an ice bag wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to your face or cheek adjacent to the surgical area. This should be applied as much as possible for the first 24 hours after surgery. If you have been prescribed medicine for the control of swelling, be sure to take it as directed.

Pain

Unfortunately most extractions are accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You may be given a prescription for pain medication, and if you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you will be able to manage discomfort better.

Effects of pain medicine vary widely among individuals. If you do not achieve adequate relief, you may supplement each pill with an analgesic such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Some people may even require two of the pain pills at the same time during the first 8 hours (but that may add to the risk of an upset stomach).

Remember that the most severe discomfort is usually within the first six hours after the anesthetic has worn off. After that, your need for pain medication should lessen.

Antibiotics

If you have been placed on an antibiotic, take all of the tablets or liquid as directed until gone. Discontinue only in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction, and call our office should this occur. If you are on birth control pills, be aware that some antibiotics can alter their effectiveness and you should use some other form of contraception.

Nausea

Nausea is not an uncommon event after surgery, and it is sometimes caused by stronger pain medications. Nausea may be reduced by preceding each pill with a small amount of soft food, then taking the pill with a large volume of water. Try to keep taking clear fluids and minimize the pain medication, but call us if you do not feel better or if repeated vomiting is a problem. Cola drinks that have less carbonation may help with nausea.

Diet

Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort. Temperature of the food doesn’t matter, but avoid extremely hot foods. It is advisable to confine the first day’s intake to bland liquids or pureed foods (creamed soups, puddings, yogurt, milk shakes, etc.). Avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., that may get lodged in the socket areas. Over the next several days you can progress to solid foods at your own pace. It is important not to skip meals! If you take nourishment regularly, you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster. If you are diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits as much as possible and follow instructions from us or your physician regarding your insulin schedule.

Instructions for the Following Days

Mouth Rinses

Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. If you were given a prescription mouth wash rinse, begin using it the evening of your surgery. If not, use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least two or three times daily for the next five days.

Brushing

Begin your normal oral hygiene as soon as possible after surgery. Soreness and swelling may not permit vigorous brushing of all areas, but please make every effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort.

Heat Applications

Heat can be applied beginning 24 hours after surgery as needed. Apply a warm compress such as a water bottle, a moist hot towel or a heating pad to the skin overlying areas of swelling. Continue for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to help soothe those tender areas. This will also help decrease swelling and stiffness.

Syringe

If you were given an irrigating syringe at the time of surgery, start using it the seventh day after surgery to keep sockets clean. Fill it with warm water and irrigate any open sockets gently, especially after eating.

Dry Sockets

Normal healing after tooth extraction should be as follows:

  • The First Day of surgery is usually the most uncomfortable and there will be some degree of swelling and stiffness.
  • During the Second Day, the swelling may be worse but you will usually be more comfortable and you can usually begin a more substantial diet.
  • From the Third Day on, GRADUAL STEADY IMPROVEMENT should mark the remainder of your postoperative course.

If a dry socket occurs (loss of a blood clot from a socket usually on the third to fifth day), there is a noticeable, distinct, persistent throbbing pain in the jaw, often radiating toward the ear and forward along the jaw to cause other teeth to ache.

If you do not see steady improvement during the first few days after surgery, don’t suffer needlessly. Call the office and report symptoms so you can be seen as soon as possible.

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call our office.

NTI-tss Plus(TM) Occlusal Guard

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Instructions for Use

  • Wear your NTI-tss PlusTM appliance only as directed by Dr. Colton.
  • Your appliance should have a snug fit.
  • Discontinue use and call our office at 801-282-2323 for adjustment or repair:
    • If you can remove the appliance without using your hands;
    • If you sense any movement when it is in your mouth;
    • If your appliance should chip or crack;
    • If you see any unusual wear in the devise such as a sharp edge, sharp point, or a groove in the bump.
  • Never attempt to wear it while eating or drinking.
  • Never insert or remove while lying on your back. Insert or remove only when standing or sitting upright.

Cleaning and Storage:

Your NTI-tss PlusTM appliance is non-porous so it will not absorb stains and odors. To clean the device, you may simply run it under warm water (no toothpaste) each time you remove it. You may also ask Dr. Colton about purchasing a Sonic

Cleaner with Retainer Bright tablets.

  • Do NOT use alcohol or alcohol-based products for soaking or cleaning. (Many mouthwashes contain alcohol so please read the labels carefully!)
  • Never boil it.
  • Use the case provided to store your new splint wet or dry.

Please contact Dr. Colton with any questions about your NTI-tss PlusTM appliance. Please bring your appliance with you to all routine dental appointments so it can be examined for any repairs or adjustments.

Root Canal Therapy

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Congratulations! You are well on your way to better dental health by electing to have Root Canal therapy. We are pleased that you are as committed to high quality dentistry as we are and it is our privilege to provide this service for you. Please call us at 801-282-2323 if you have any questions regarding your surgery or healing. At Jordan Valley Dental we care about you and want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Root canal therapy can take 1, 2 or 3 appointments depending on each case.

Numbness

If you have been given an anesthetic, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Please be careful not to bite your cheek, lip, or tongue. Also, do not eat or drink anything extremely hot or cold until the numbness has completely worn off.

Temporary Filling

A temporary filling is placed to protect and seal the tooth between visits. It is common for this material to wear or chip before you return; it is usually not a problem, but if this is uncomfortable for you, or if the entire filling falls out, please call our office and we will replace it. To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum) or hard foods. Be gentle on the tooth while eating and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth until the final restoration is placed.

Antibiotics

If you have been placed on an antibiotic, take all of the tablets or liquid as directed until gone. Discontinue only in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction, and call our office should this occur. If you are on birth control pills, be aware that some antibiotics can alter their effectiveness and you should use some other form of contraception.

Pain

It is difficult to predict which symptoms, if any, you may experience and to what extent. It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort on the tooth for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. You may also experience pain and discomfort at the site of the injection. It is recommended that you take some ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before the anesthetic completely wears off.

This will help with any swelling or pain experienced following root canal therapy. In complicated cases, pain medication may be necessary. Your gums may also be sore for several days.

This may be due to the use of a rubber dam during the procedure. Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling. If you have persistent swelling or pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

Additional Treatment

During root canal therapy the nerve, blood and nutrient supply to the tooth and a significant amount of hard tooth structure is removed. This causes the tooth to become brittle and prone to fracture. In most cases a crown is needed to protect the tooth from breaking in the future.

Maintaining the Beauty of Your Teeth

Proper care includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily. We would like to remind you not to bite anything with your teeth that can damage them (such as finger nails, fishing line, paper clips, pens, etc.).

We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. If you have had a periodontal problem (gum disease) in the past, you should see us a minimum of three times a year. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.

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