Have we recently recommended a dental treatment or are you due for your routine hygiene examination? Whether you or a loved one currently needs an appointment at this time or not, you may need a restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatment in the near future. While it is extremely important to be diligent in scheduling your appointment in a timely fashion, it is just as important to follow our after-treatment instructions. Failing to follow our instructions can lead to serious complications. Continue reading to learn more.
After any dental treatment, procedure or cleaning, we provide post-care instructions to our patients. Depending on the procedure, some instructions may be as simple as not eating and drinking for a certain time period, while other instructions might include other limitations and precautions that need to be strictly followed such as no exercise or strenuous activity. No matter how well you are feeling after treatment, it is extremely important to continue to follow our instructions. Failure to follow our recommendations can lead to complications such as damage to your mouth, severe discomfort, the failure of a successful treatment, and even the need for additional treatments. These complications may not only be painful, but can also cause added expense.
One of our most common instructions is to avoid eating and drinking for a period of time following a treatment or cleaning. This is extremely important to follow, especially if you received a numbing agent. Eating or drinking while numb can be extremely dangerous because it is very easy to damage your mouth. When you cannot feel what you are chewing, it is very common to bite the inside of your cheek, your tongue, and even your lips. Biting any of these areas can lead to bleeding and sores developing in your mouth.
If you have an upcoming treatment or you just completed a treatment and have questions related to care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office located in Montgomery, AL. Our team is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. If you experience a dental emergency following treatment, be sure to call our office as soon as possible.