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Bite Balancing

Congratulations on getting your teeth balanced, which is also called an occlusal adjustment. This is the very best way to extend the life of your natural teeth and dental restorations. Now that your initial appointment is completed, here are a few things to remember:

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Congratulations on receiving the most state of the art filling material available. Here are a few points you should know…

Final Crown

Congratulations on your new crown. Like a new piece of jewelry, certain precautions should be taken to prolong the functionality and appearance of your crown.

Tooth Extraction

Following these proper care instructions will help hasten recovery and prevent complications.

Root Canal

Root canals are commonly associated with an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, root canal treatment has come a long way, but there are still a few simple precautions you need to be aware of.

Scale and Root Plane (Deep Cleaning)

Following these procedures will help your teeth and gums feel more comfortable, and help to prevent any complications following today’s procedure.

Splint Therapy (Night Guard)

Congratulations on receiving your splint, also commonly referred to as a nightguard. Nightguards are very useful for permitting your jaw joint to move to its most anatomically correct position, thereby relaxing your jaw muscles. This helps to minimize nighttime clenching and grinding and protects your teeth from excessive wear, fractures, cracks and mobility and can significantly reduce chronic headaches. Here are a few pointers while wearing your nightguard.

Provisional Crown

Thank you for coming in today for your crown preparation appointment. During the next 3-4 weeks it is very important to follow a few basic instructions.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common pathologies in the world. Dentist can treat it, but prevention is always easiest and least expensive for patients.

This sheet is meant to help inform you how decay starts and what you can do on a daily basis to help prevent it.

In order to have a cavity, you must have 3 things.

There are over 500 different types of bacteria strands in our mouths. Only a few cause decay and if you happen to have them, your risk for decay increases.

The bacteria thrive on sugar. It uses the sugar and emits an acidic by-product that weakens the tooth’s enamel. A hole in the tooth can form, which is a cavity.

The bacteria can also seep around old fillings or crowns. Once the filling or crown begins to leak, decay can form and destroy the tooth from the inside. Every crown or filling has a lifespan, so we will always want to keep a close watch on previous dental work.

What can you do?

The most effective way to limit your risks for decay is to thoroughly floss and brush your teeth. Many cavities form between the teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. That makes flossing critical.

Regular dental check ups with annual radiographs are important in controlling and monitoring your health. When you get your teeth cleaned, we always recommend professional fluoride, which is a very good way to kill bacteria.

Drink fluoridated water. City water in Jacksonville has about 7 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride. Many bottled water brands have none, while most have about 3 ppm. Filtered water from most refrigerators still has fluoride.

Watch what you eat. Controlling your sugar intake will help you tremendously. The effects of sugar are strongest for 20-30 minutes after you eat, so try to brush and floss quickly after consuming sugar. Don’t eat sugar items throughout the day. Soft drinks, energy drinks and many juices are loaded with sugar.

And eventually, dentists will be able to assess your specific bacterial types and treat that with antibiotics. Individual risk assessments are the way of the future.

Whitening Instructions

Congratulations on getting a brighter smile. Here are a few tips to follow…

Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any further questions.  Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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