Congratulations on taking steps to improve your health! Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 2 to 4 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side of your mouth until the anesthesia wears off (This is to prevent biting your tongue and lip).
Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure from the procedure and you may experience soreness in your jaw muscles. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold, pressure or general soreness will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth and gums are continuing to feel better everything is fine. There is no need for concern.
We recommend taking Aleve for the next 3 days. This is not only for the pain but will help reduce the inflammation in the area that was worked on and will help heal properly and quickly if taken as directed. If you are allergic to or cannot tolerate NSAIDS (Naproxen, Motrin, Advil, ect) or if you are pregnant, do not take this medication. Tylenol can be used instead and also works as an excellent pain reliever. If discomfort continues for more than a couple of weeks please call our office. You may notice the new dental work will feel different to your tongue. This is normal and is should feel perfect within a few days.
You may also notice that your bite feels different than it did before. This is normal with dental work but if it still feels “off” after two weeks, please call our office to have it adjusted. Please also let us know if you get food or floss caught in the area that we worked on, or if you are unhappy with the way things look at all, as we want to make sure you get the very best. If you have any questions or concerns please call us at (931-787-1718). Thank you for choosing our office to help with your oral health care. We really appreciate your trust and the opportunity to serve you in dentistry.