Home Dental Care for PITTSBURGH
Special instructions will be given to you that are specific to any procedures you have done at your appointment. In addition, these at-home instructions can help you during the hours or days after your dental appointment.
- When anesthesia is used, your tongue, cheeks, and lips may stay numb for several hours. Pay attention to your mouth so you don’t accidentally bite yourself while you are numb.
- Some discomfort may be normal depending on your procedure, Dr. Pounds will advise you as to appropriate pain relief, and prescribe medication if indicated. If the pain is intense and the medication is not helping, call our office.
- Cold compresses applied to the outside of the face over the source of discomfort can relieve most mild pain and soreness.
- If you have had cosmetic dentistry work, it may take a few days or weeks to get used to your new bite. However, if you repeatedly bite your cheek or lip, or feel that your bite is uneven, call our office for a follow-up.
- Hot and cold sensitivity is common after many dental procedures, even non-invasive ones. Pay close attention to oral hygiene, and if the sensitivity lasts longer than a week, contact our office.
- Daily brushing and flossing are critical for the long-term success of your dental work, as are regular cleaning appointments. Don’t miss appointments just because your smile looks good – decay starts in the spots you can’t see!
- If a temporary crown or filling comes off, call us immediately. Temporary restorations protect the inside of your tooth from bacteria. We will ensure the area is still free from bacteria and replace the temporary filling or crown while you wait for your permanent restoration.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 412-261-2500. We want your recovery to go as smoothly as possible!