Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

New Filling, Onlay and Crown Instructions.

Follow instructions for 14 days.

1. Avoid sticky foods Gum, taffy, ect..
2. Avoid hard foodsNuts, bread crust, ect..
3. Avoid extremely cold or hot temperaturesLiquids and Food.
4. Brush and Floss as usual

 

TEMPORARY CEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Clean out any excess cement in the crown.
2. Try in the crown to ensure proper seating.
3. Dry the crown with gauze.
4. Open the cement packet, squeeze out its contents and mix together with the end of the cotton swab.
5. Fill the crown with the cement.
6. Place the crown on the tooth and bite down for 10 minutes.
7. Clean off any excess cement.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLEACHING

1. Brush before and after bleaching.
2. Be consistent when you start bleaching your teeth.  Bleach for 10-14 days in a row.
3. Use bleaching material for only 30 minutes a day.
4. Your teeth are more susceptible to stain during bleaching and for 30 days after. Try to avoid dark foods and drinks (tea, coffee, red wine).
5. Rinse trays out gently to avoid distortion.  Do not place in hot water.
6. Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold for several weeks.
7. Keep the gel you are using at room temperature.  Store all other tubes in the refrigerator.

Certain kinds of medications can have an adverse effect on your teeth.

Long ago, children exposed to tetracycline developed tooth problems, including discoloration, later in life. The medication fell out of use, however, and is not an issue today.

The best precaution is to ask your family physician if any medications he or she has prescribed can have a detrimental effect on your teeth or other oral structures.

A condition called dry mouth is commonly associated with certain medications, including antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants and pain killers. People with medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or diabetes, are often plagued by dry mouth. Other causes are related to aging (including rheumatoid arthritis), and compromised immune systems. Garlic and tobacco use are other known culprits.

Dry mouth occurs when saliva production drops. Saliva is one of your body's natural defenses against plaque because it acts to rinse your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials.

Some of the less alarming results of dry mouth include bad breath. But dry mouth can lead to more serious problems, including burning tongue syndrome, a painful condition caused by lack of moisture on the tongue.

If dry mouth isn't readily apparent, you may experience other conditions that dry mouth can cause, including an overly sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty in speaking.

Heart Disease

Poor dental hygiene can cause a host of problems outside your mouth—including your heart.

Medical research has uncovered a definitive link between heart disease and certain kinds of oral infections such as periodontal disease. Some have even suggested that gum disease may be as dangerous as or more dangerous than other factors such as tobacco use.

A condition called chronic periodontitis, or persistent gum disease, has been linked to cardiovascular problems by medical researchers.

In short, infections and harmful bacteria in your mouth can spread through the bloodstream to your liver, which produces harmful proteins that can lead to systemic cardiac problems. That’s why it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene to keep infections at bay—this includes a daily regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

In some cases, patients with compromised immune systems or who fear an infection from a dental procedure may take antibiotics before visiting the dentist.

It is possible for bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream during a dental procedure in which tissues are cut or bleeding occurs. A healthy immune system will normally fight such bacteria before they result in an infection.

However, certain cardiovascular conditions in patients with weakened hearts could be at risk for an infection or heart muscle inflammation (bacterial endocarditis) resulting from a dental procedure.

Patients with heart conditions (including weakened heart valves) are strongly advised to inform our office before undergoing any dental procedure. The proper antibiotic will prevent any unnecessary complications.


Dr Scott C. Province
and Associate
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
425 Madison Avenue, Suite 800

New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-8032