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Odds are, at some time you’ll need to visit a dentist and have some type of dental treatment. However, do you know what you should do—and avoid doing—after your treatment? Naturally, our dentist will tell you what you should do after your treatment, but we’re happy to give you a few ideas on what you should expect after common treatments.

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. You see, 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.

However, unlike a filling, a crown can be a little more difficult to place. You see, once a permanent crown is placed, you should avoid biting down on anything for at least an hour—though you may need to wait longer. You see, the cement designed to hold the crown in place needs time to solidify and biting may hinder that process. Similarly, after your crown is placed, you should avoid chewing on taffy and other sticky candies because they can loosen your crown.

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. 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 at a time.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give Oakmont Family Dentists at phone. Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.