Home Care Instructions




1. Tenderness around the tooth and injection sites is normal.

Symptoms should subside in a day or two.  Whatever you normally take for pain (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc.) should be enough to alleviate symptoms.  If it becomes bothersome, you may use salt water rinses.  Keep the area clean and don't be afraid to brush "normally", this will also help the soreness to heal faster.


2. DO NOT FLOSS A TEMPORARY, if you absolutely must floss this area you should pull the floss out towards your cheek, do not pull down or up on the temporary.


3.  Temps can be used for normal chewing, AVOID sticky and hard foods as they can break the cement line and pull the temporary off. Chewing gum loves temporaries.


4.  We need the temporary to stay in place.  Should it come off try to wear it in place during the day hours, take it out to eat and sleep.  Call our office and we will get you in to re-cement it, during normal office hours.  This is not an emergency situation, you can use a denture adhesive or a dental cement called TEMPARIN (found with other dental supplies).


5. You might notice slight cold sensitivity or an aluminum foil taste IF a silver shell is used.


6.  If you experience extreme sensitivity or or pain, call the office (317-802-0649).  It could be a bite issue and just a quick adjustment may be all that's needed. 




1. Care of Mouth: Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water.  One half teaspoon of salt/8oz of water.  Start home care as instructed immeadiately.  In the beginning you may have to be gentle.


2. Discomfort:  Should your gums become "achy" take a couple of Advil, Nuprin, or Ibuprofen (if no allergies exist) to relieve any discomfort. Sensitivity to cold may temporarily occur.  Removing all plaque from the tooth and placing a dab of floride toothpaste on the "touchy" tooth will assist in relieving the cold sensitivity in a few days.


3.  Eating:  Your next meal should be soft.  Avoid and hard "chippy" foods like Fritos, Potato Chips, Popcorn, etc. for the next 3-4 days.


4.  Swelling:  Swelling or jaw stiffness occurs very rarely, however if it does, place warm moist towels to the face in the area of stiffness.


5.  Smoking:  Please do not smoke following scaling and root planning procedures.  Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing.  Refrain from smoking for 24 hours or longer.


If any problems arise feel free to call the office. 


After treatment of Arestin, patients should avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for one week.  Postpone brushing for a 12 hour period, as well as avoid touching treated areas.  Patients should postpone the use of interproximal cleaning devices (e.g. dental floss, proxy brush, etc.) for 10 days after administration of Arestin.  Patients should be advised that although some mild to moderate sensitivity is expected during the first week after periodontal scaling and root planing therapy and administration of Arestin, they should notify the dentist promptly if pain, swelling, or other problems occur.

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1.  It may take several nights to get used to wearing your nightguard, this is normal.


2.  While storing your nightguard keep in a small amount of water (mouthwash can be added if you choose).


3.  After each wearing you may brush with a stiff denture brush and toothpaste or you may choose to soak the nightguard in its case with a half of a denture tablet.


4.  If you have any concerns or questions please call the office.


**Just as a reminder, don not leave your nightguard where your pets can get them.  Dogs love these!**


Instructions for Bleaching


1.  Gently brush and floss your teeth before bleaching.


2.  Load bleaching tray with bleaching material, using approximately 1/3 of teh syringe


3.  Place tray snugly over teeth, gently press front of tray to distribute gel evenly.


4.  Gently wipe off any excess material with a tooth brush or clean finger, to prevent irritation to gum tissue.


5.  In the morning after bleaching remove the tray and rinse throughly gently brushing with tooth brush.  Brush your teeth as usual.




1.  You will receive 4 syringes for your trays.


2.  Teeth are naturally darker along the gum line.  These areas may require more time to lighten than the rest of the tooth surface and usually remiain slightly darker.


3.  Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity, if this occurs decrease bleaching to every second or third night.  If sensitivity persists contact our office.


4.  Coffee, tea, tabacco and other products can re-stain your teeth over time.  If this occurs, the teeth can usually be re-whitened in a few nights. 


5.  Keep out of reach of children


6.  Some old amalgam (silver) fillings may leave a dark purple color in your bleaching tray (this is normal).


7.  How much whitening you achieve depends on the nature of your teeth and the current staining.


8.  Once the bleaching process is complete you may purchase maintenance gel, to be used periodically if re-staining occurs.


Bleaching Precautions


1.  Do not use household bleach to whiten teeth.

2.  Pregnant women should not bleach.

3.  Keep gel out of heat/sunlight.  Do not freeze.

4.  Tooth fillings, crowns and veneers do not respond to tooth bleaching

5.  Foods and juices high in acid may cause sensitivity.

6.  If you have any questions regarding the     appropriate use of product, please contact us as soon as possible

7.  Do not use tobacco products or eat while bleaching.