Pamela Weitzel, DMD

656 Main Street, Contoocook, NH - 603.746.4674

Aftercare Instructions


 

 

 

 

 

Dentures and Partials

  • Dentures and partials should be left out of the mouth for at least 4 hours a day or while sleeping.
  • If your denture or partial needs adjusting, call our office. Do not attempt to adjust it yourself.
  • Use only denture cleaning products to clean your denture or partial.

 

Temporary Crowns

  • Be careful not to eat hard or sticky foods on the temporary crown as it may break or come off.
  • If it does come off, call our office to make an appointment to have the crown re-cemented.
  • Save the temporary crown and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • If coming to our office is not feasible, you can try putting the temporary crown back on with denture adhesive.

 

Extractions

  • Fold into quarters as many pieces of gauze necessary to apply pressure to the extraction site.
  • Change the gauze every 45 minutes until the bleeding stops.
  • If the bleeding does not stop, try using a moistened tea bag instead of the gauze.
  • If the bleeding still does not stop (except for a drop or two), call our office.
  • Do not use a straw or rinse for the first 24 hours following the procedure.
  • After 24 hours, rinse several times a day with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt to 5 ounces of water).
  • Avoid brushing the extraction site. Chew soft foods. Avoid extremes in temperature and spicy foods. Ingest extra calcium.
  • If having trouble eating, try a fortified liquid meal like Ensure.
  • Tylenol is preferable for pain because it does not encourage bleeding like aspirin and ibuprofen.

 

Fillings and Crowns

  • Wait at least 30 minutes before eating.
  • Preferably wait until the numbness has gone.

 

Immediate Dentures

  • Do not take your immediate dentures out for the first week except to rinse them and your mouth.
  • Your dentures should not be out of your mouth for more than a few minutes. After that you can take them out at night.
  • If your dentures hurt, call our office to have them adjusted. Do not try to adjust your dentures yourself.
  • To eat with your dentures, you may need to cut each bite of food into 2 pieces and put 1 piece on each side of your mouth.
  • You may need to start with soft foods and work your way towards harder foods.
  • Your dentures should be cleaned only with denture cleansing products.

 

Dental Implants

  • Be sure to brush and floss around implants to avoid bone loss around them.
  • You may want to use a wider floss or one especially designed for implants.

 

Root Canal Therapy

  • Be careful biting on the tooth until the final filling or crown has been put on the tooth.
  • If your root canal therapy was done by a root canal specialist, be sure to come to our office as soon as possible and definitely within 2 months.
  • Have the temporary filling that the specialist placed replaced with a more durable filling or post and crown.
  • Some pain for a few days after having root canal therapy done is normal. Ibuprofen should help.
  • If you experience more severe pain or swelling, you should call the office that performed the root canal therapy.

 

Scaling

  • Eat soft foods. Avoid extreme temperatures and spicy foods.
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt to 5 ounces water) several times a day for the first few days.
  • Brush and floss the area carefully.
  • Call our office if the teeth are sensitive.
  • Tylenol is preferable for pain because it does not encourage bleeding like aspirin and ibuprofen.

 

Invisalign Braces

  • Wear your aligners at all times except when eating, drinking anything except water, and brushing and flossing your teeth.
  • After two weeks, start wearing your next set of aligners.
  • If these aligners do not fit when you first put them in, please call our office. 

 


Office Hours by Appointment

656 Main Street, Contoocook, NH

603.746.4674

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Occasional Saturdays

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM