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As you may know, getting regular check-ups from your dentist is something you’ll need to do to keep a healthy and happy smile. Still, the time may come when you’ll need more than a simple cleaning. For example, you may need a filling or even a crown. While these treatments are designed with longevity in mind, do you know what you should do to care for a new treatment?

For instance, do you know what you should do after you have a filling? There are a few things we recommend, including avoiding hot and cold foods for a few days. Your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold during this time—but extreme temperatures could also damage your filling. Similarly, we recommend brushing and flossing gently for a few days so you don’t damage your filling.

Additionally, there are a few things you’ll want to do after your crown placed. After you receive a crown, you should avoid biting down on it for at least an hour. The cement that keeps your crown in place needs time to harden. After you have crowns, we do recommend avoiding sticky sweets like taffy, as they can pull your crown off. Also, please be aware that you may experience some sensitivity for a few days.

Finally, if you have a tooth extraction, there are a few general rules you should follow. For example, you should keep your mouth firmly closed to apply pressure to your gauze and prevent bleeding. Similarly, you should avoid using a straw, smoking, and using pipes for at least 24 hours. You should also remember to apply ice packs periodically to reduce swelling, though you shouldn’t keep them on your cheek for more than ten minutes.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. at phone. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.