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Bite firmly on the gauze pack placed in your mouth for 30 minutes. If you have a denture bite down firmly on the denture for 30 minutes.

Do NOT eat or drink for at least 1 hour

Do NOT smoke or drink alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours after extraction

Take panadol, nurofen or any pain relief prescribed 1 hour after extraction. Then take 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as required. Do NOT take more than 8 tablets a day.

Often extraction site will bleed later, so bite down on provided sterile gauze for another 30 minutes.

You can eat and drink lukewarm, soft food or drink 1 hour after extraction but avoid extraction site and do not ‘swish’ liquid around your mouth.

No strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.

 

Tomorrow

24 hours after extraction you can use a warm salt mouthrinse to clean the extraction site. Dissolve ½-1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gentle rinse for 1 minute and spit out.

Continue to use salt rinse 2-4 times a day for 3-5 days.

ANY FURTHER PROBLEMS OR CONCERNS PLEASE CONTACT BAROSSA DENTAL ON (08) 8562 1444.

 

NIGHTGUARD

You have been recommended a nightguard (also known as an occlusal splint or bite splint) to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching your teeth (also known as bruxism). This can result in destruction of tooth structure (tooth wear) or pain; such as pain biting, increased sensitivity, head or facial aches or aching in the jaw joint (Tempro-Mandibular Joint)

The majority of people who brux do this while asleep and it is commonly associated with stress or the demand of modern life.

It is recommended that you wear your custom fitted nightguard every night, as the majority of people do not know if and when they are bruxing. Some people may not be able to tolerate wearing their nightguard for a whole night and should start off wearing for a couple of hours and build the time up until they are use to it.

Your nightguard needs to be tight while you sleep but should not ache. You may also feel your bite is “not right” when you remove the nightguard in the morning, this is normal and your bite will return to a more comfortable feeling within a short time.

How long your nightguard will last depends on the severity of your bruxing.

If you have any problems or concerns with your nightguard please contact our clinic on (08) 8562 1444.

 

CARING FOR YOUR NIGHTGUARD

You should clean your nightguard every morning when brushing your teeth, you should use warm soapy water (do not use hot water this can melt the plastic) and brush gently with a toothbrush. You will get calculus building up on your nightguard and should use a denture and orthodontic appliance cleaning tablet monthly.

Your nightguard may also become brittle if it dries out too much and should be stored in the provided container with a small amount of water or a damp tissue. These should be changed regularly to prevent fungal growth.

REASONS

X-ray or Radiographs are an integral part of any dental examination.  The majority of tooth decay occurs in between teeth where it cannot be seen during a regular visual examination.  They are also vital for checking under old fillings or crown and bridge work.  Without dental x-rays your dentist is unable thoroughly examine the health of your mouth.

At Barossa Dental we use digital radiograph to try and provide the best service while also reducing radiation exposure. You receive more background radiation in one day then you do from a single dental x-ray.

We also do a number of types of x-rays:

Bitewing: A bitewing is an x-ray taken to check between your teeth and under your fillings. These are taken in your mouth by biting on a plastic or paper holder.

Periapicals: A periapical x-ray is used to check the crown, the root and the surrounding bone of a tooth. These are often used to check for infections or bone loss around a tooth. These are also taken in your mouth.

Panoramic: A panoramic x-ray or and OPG is a ‘full mouth’ x-ray and are taken with a specialized x-ray unit where you bite on a mouth prop and the unit spins around your head. Panoramic x-rays are used to check general tooth health, wisdom teeth, the development of adult teeth in children, bone heights, jaw pathology, check old root canals, for extractions and for checking bone levels for implant treatment.

At Barossa Dental we strongly recommend Bitewing x-rays be taken every 2 years and a Panoramic x-ray be taken every 3 years.

Any questions please call us on (08) 8562 1444.

IMPORTANCE

Dental exams for children are vital for setting them up for a life time of dental health. At Barossa Dental we employ a specialised Dental Therapist who is qualified to provide examinations and treatment for children up to the age of 18.

In Australia by the age of 6 half of all children will have tooth decay. Tooth decay may be painless until it is too late and there is a dental infection. Prevention is always better than the cure. Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, generally feeling unwell, swelling and can even result in hospitalisation. If children are seen early and get into good oral hygiene habits these unwanted problems can be avoided. If tooth decay is found early it can hopefully be treated with less invasive treatments.

Problems such as crowding and the need for future orthodontic treatment (Braces) can also be assessed with regular examinations in children.

Barossa Dental is the only dental practice in the area that offers dental therapy treatment and we recommended children are first seen from the age of 2.

Any questions please call us on (08) 8562 1444.

IMPLANT

Implants are a great treatment option for replace missing teeth.  Whether they are to replace a single tooth or to replace all your teeth, they provide a strong stable option. However hygiene is of upmost importance when it comes to your implants otherwise you may have issues or even loss of your implant.

While implants cannot get decay like natural teeth they can suffer from bone loss or peri-implantitis. This is similar to gum disease around your natural teeth where bone is loss due to plaque buildup from poor hygiene. To maintain the health of your implant, as well as your own teeth, you need to brush twice daily, floss daily, some people may need to use a waterpic to aid in the correct cleaning of their implants. Regular profession hygiene is imperative for the long term health as a hygienist will be able to clean where you are unable to and can help pick up any problems early.

At Barossa Dental we recommend 6 monthly hygiene with one of our two hygienists.

Any questions please call us on (08) 8562 1444

IMMEDIATE

Immediate dentures may be require when one or multiple teeth require extraction and need to be replaced with a removable denture. When you have an immediate denture you will have your tooth or teeth removed at the same appointment as your denture is placed in your mouth. The general post extraction instructions vary slightly from a regular extraction.

Instead of biting on gauze you will need to bite firmly on your denture.

If you notice bleeding after extractions again bite firmly on your denture. If you find that biting on your denture is not stopping the bleeding remove your denture and bite firmly on the gauze provided for 20 minutes then immediately reinsert your denture.

It is important for you to wear your new immediate denture for 24 hours straight (only removing for 20 minutes to bite on gauze if needed). 24 hours after extractions carefully remove your denture and clean it under warm water then reinsert the denture for another 24 hours.  The reason we ask you to keep your new immediate denture in for 48 hours is that the majority of swelling will occurring in the first 24-48 hours and if you remove your denture for too long you will not be able to wear that denture and will require a new one to be made once your swelling has settled down.

Take pan relief as required or as instructed by your dentist.

After a few months you will notice your immediate denture becoming loose, this is because you bone is remodelling and your mouth is healing. You may need to use a denture adhesive (such as polident, fitty dent, seabond) which can be purchased from any pharmacy.

At the 5-6 months after extractions you will need a ‘reline’, which is where an impression is taken in the base of your immediate denture and the dental laboratory with refit your denture to your healed mouth. Please note this will take 24-48 hours for the lab to do. In a small percentage of cases you may require a whole new denture if there have been too many changes.

It is important for people to understand that even though immediate dentures or dentures in general may be necessary not everyone can wear a set of dentures and may need to look at other options such as implants.

Any questions please call us on (08) 8562 1444

DENTURE

It is very important if you have set of dentures, whether they are a full set of dentures or only replacing a single tooth, that you maintain the hygiene of your dentures. If proper denture hygiene is not maintained it will lead to tooth decay, bone disease around your remaining teeth, bacterial infection and fungal infections. These problems way lead to fillings or loss of teeth which may not allow your dentures to fit properly. For bacterial or fungal infections medications may need to be prescribed by your dentist.

To avoid the above possible problems it is important that you remove your dentures at night to allow time for your gums to rest and for saliva to try and wash away any bacteria. It is also vital that you maintain a high standard of hygiene of any remaining teeth with twice daily brushing and daily flossing. Your denture teeth need as much attention as your own teeth. It is best to think of dentures like they are your own teeth and that you brush them twice daily either with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste or with special denture toothbrushes and toothpaste. The use of denture cleaning tablets or powders are also a good idea to use fortnightly or monthly.

Any questions please call us on (08) 8562 1444.

HYGIENE

The most important factor in having strong healthy teeth is by far and away hygiene. This includes regular hygiene at home with twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing. Some people may require fluoride mouthrinses or flossing aids to help maintain their oral hygiene.

Even with daily brushing and floss you will still get plaque building up on your teeth and hardened plaque called calculus, which you will not be able to remove at home and will require professional cleaning. At Barossa Dental we have two hygienist that will assist you in maintaining your dental health.

It is important to remember whether you have high expense treatment, low expense treatment or no treatment without adequate hygiene nothing will remain health in your mouth and treatment will fail.

When it comes to hygiene it is also vital to remember that no matter how well you care for your mouth if your diet or lifestyle is unhealthy it will affect your oral hygiene. This includes high sugar foods and drinks (including fruits and fruit juice) and smoking.

For further information please call (08) 8562 1444.