Post-Treatment Care – Studio 134

Post-Treatment Care

Taking good care of your new smile after any treatment is an important factor of its success.
We will provide you with specific instructions on personal hygiene you should follow, prescribe you medication
as necessary and schedule a check-up appointment. We will also tell you who to call in case of unexpected incidents.
Here are some general aftercare guidelines to follow:

Implant Surgery

If you have had your wisdom teeth taken out, you will already be familiarized with the feeling after an implant surgery:
The first three days after your implants are placed, you will most likely feel somewhat sore. Your mouth and cheek might be swollen, your jaws might not open as wide as usual, and light bleeding could occur during the first 24 hours. We will prescribe you adequate medication and painkillers, so make sure you follow our indications precisely. You should also cool the affected area of your face with ice pads during the first three days. On day 4, you switch to hot pads which you apply every four hours for 15 minutes.
Diet: The first day, ingest only cold or lukewarm liquids, then follow a soft diet for three more days. From day 4 or 5 you should be able toeat normally, but avoid chewing with the parts of your jaw that contain the implants. Skip tobacco, alcohol as well as carbonated drinks for two weeks, avoid greasy, acidic and spicy food (yes, this is possible in Mexico :-).
Hygiene: Brush your teeth normally with a soft toothbrush, making sure you do not go too rough over the wound. Avoid spitting and rinsing your mouth too often, as these practices will dissolve the blood clot that forms naturally to support the healing process.
Activities: Avoid touching the implant area with your tongue or fingers. Make sure you sleep with your head elevated the first night after your implant surgery. Stay out of the sun and relax, you should not exercise or make any great physical effort as this might lead to bleeding. In a nutshell: The swim in the sunny pool area will have to wait for a few days!
If bleeding occurs, press an absorbent gauze 
on the affected area for 30 minutes straight without changing the gauze nor talking. In case the bleeding does not stop or you feel that it is too strong, get in touch with our staff immediately (we will provide you with a standby phone number).

Bridges, Crowns, Veneers and Fixed Prostheses

After receiving a fixed bridge, crown, prosthesis or alike, slight displeasure and sensitiveness to temperature changes are quite common. If you experience severe discomfort or even pain, please call our standby phone number.
Use a soft brush to clean the artificial teeth during the first few days. Floss normally. Usually we schedule a follow-up appointment after a few days of usage, where we can adjust the crown or prosthesis according to your experience.

Temporary Crowns or Bridges

Your temporary crown or bridge protects the treated area and helps you eat and talk normally for a limited period of time, i.e. while you are waiting for your final dental restoration. A provisional restoration is secured with temporary cement, which facilitates its removal once the final crown or bridge is ready. In case the temporary restoration comes off before your appointment, rinse it with clean water, put it back in its place and get in touch with us immediately to have it cemented again. Due to the treatment received, you might experience discomfort for a few days, especially upon contact with cold food and drinks. This is normal and only temporary!

Teeth whitening

After a teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will be quite sensitive for several days, so avoid temperature shocks caused by cold drinks, ice-cream etc. Also, in the seven days following your bleaching, you should not smoke nor consume food with staining/dyeing effects. This includes natural food colors like in tomato sauce, soya sauce, mustard, curry, curcuma, chocolate, red/green sauces, olives, black/green tea, coffee, soda, red wine, carrots, red beet, squash, spinach, chard, red fruit/berries, papaya, mangos etc. as well as any food or drink with artificial food coloring. Furthermore, you should avoid industrially processed food.
We recommend the use of toothpaste for sensitive teeth following a bleaching. If you feel you cannot stand the sensitivity of your teeth in spite of following the above-mentioned indications, contact us and we will consider the use of slight analgesics.
Your gums might look slightly bleached after a teeth whitening treatment, do not worry as this is only temporary.
If you take good care of your teeth, the final result of your dental bleaching will last at least 2 years.

Dentures and overdentures

Do you wear glasses? Then you most probably remember the process of getting used to a new frame, and how the optometrist adjusted the temples and nose pads. With your new denture, the experience will most likely be similar: Your mouth, jaws, tongue and natural teeth will take some time to get used to your denture, and after a couple of days of eating, talking and laughing with your new teeth, you will come in to ESTUDIO 134 for slight adjustments.If you experience severe discomfort or even pain before your scheduled appointment, please call us for an immediate adjustment.
Dentures are very delicate and can break if they fall; always store them in their case/box and keep them out of reach for children and pets. Depending on the materials used, we will explain to you in detail how to clean and maintain your denture to ensure its maximum lifespan.
Over time, as your bone and gums are live structures while your denture is not, you will most likely need to have it adjusted by a professional. Of course you are always welcome to come in for denture maintenance!