Patient Instructions

How to Care for Soft Reline Material

To care for the soft reline material, brush it with a soft toothbrush and regular toothpaste. Do not soak it in chlorinated solutions (bleach) as the material might absorb the taste of the cleaner and bleach will damage the soft material. It is best to keep your denture moist by soaking it in water when it is not in your mouth. The Pro-Tech denture cleanser is SAFE TO USE AS DIRECTED (NO LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES) daily. If the soft reline material ever takes up taste from food, it can be soaked in a solution of baking soda. Soft reline material usually needs to be relined every two years.

How to Care for Your Bruxing Guard

Your bruxing guard is a custom dental appliance designed to protect your teeth and jaw joint system from the wear and tear of nighttime tooth grinding. In many cases it will help you “unlearn” the habit of grinding. Depending on how active your grinding habit is, your bruxing guard will give you many years of service if properly cared for.

M I Paste

M I Paste should not be used if you are allergic to milk proteins. M I Paste can be used if you are lactose intolerant. M I Paste is safe to swallow. M I Paste does not contain fluoride.

Toothpaste for Sore Gums

  • Mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Place some of the powder in the palm of your hand and mix with hydrogen peroxide (3%) to form a paste.
  • Use as a toothpaste and to massage the gums in the area of soreness for no more than two days in a row.

Pre-Surgical Instructions

You should expect to spend a quiet day after your surgery; strenuous activity will have to be put off until at least the day after. Smoking is forbidden for 24 hours! Plan to eat soft foods to accommodate soreness and possible sutures (“stitches”). You should be aware that swelling or possible bruising can be expected, depending on your surgery. The use of a cold compress immediately after surgery will reduce swelling and bruising.

After Periodontal Surgery

Rest: Relax today and refrain from vigorous work-out programs for 2-3 days following surgery. Keep your head slightly elevated in the first 24 hours (an extra pillow or a thick book under the head of your mattress).

Medication: Any pain medication that you would use for a bad headache will normally be adequate. If medications have been prescribed for you, it is important that you take it as prescribed. If you are taking antibiotics and develop itching, rash or swelling, discontinue the drug and contact our office.

After Extraction Surgery

Bite on the gauze with steady pressure for ½ hour after you leave the office. Do not smoke or rinse your mouth today, and avoid food and drink that are very spicy or very hot. Avoid strenuous activity the day of the surgery. Do not drink through a straw, and if there are stitches, do not allow your tongue to ‘play’ with them. If advised to use a cold pack, apply to the surgical area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Frozen peas in the package or in a small plastic sandwich bag work well as a cold pack.

Pre- and Post-Mini Dental Implant Instructions

The following information will help you know what to expect when you have your mini dental implant placed and your denture attachments inserted. Antibiotics will be prescribed, to start one hour prior to your mini dental implant placement and continuing four times daily for six days, until finished.

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