DENTAL PATIENT RESOURCES

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How often should I schedule a regular appointment for cleaning and general examination?

Every six months is a good rule of thumb, although if you’ve been experiencing special issues then ask Dr. Callea for the examination interval that’s right for you.

What should I expect on my first visit?

During your first visit, you’ll have time to get to know Dr. Callea and share your thoughts with him. We’ll obtain important background information, such as your medical history, any concerns you may have and your thoughts regarding the look and feel of your teeth and smile. We will complete a comprehensive cleaning and oral examination and will address any issues or questions you have.Then together, we will establish where we’re going with your care. We’ll tailor treatment and ongoing care to meet your specific needs.

Post-treatment instructions

The mouth is an extremely sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra after care of the area of operation. Whether you have had a routine procedure or something more complex, like a tooth extraction or periodontal surgery, there are several important steps you can take to maximize the results of your procedure, prevent infection, and ease any discomfort you might experience.

Below are post-procedure instructions from Callea Dental. If you have any additional questions about your procedure or if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or any reaction to medications, please do not hesitate to contact us. In order to promote healthy healing after your dental treatment, here’s a list of after care instructions for several procedures.

Root Canal

Tooth Extraction

Crowns

 

Dentures

Cleaning your new dentures every day is one of the most important things you can do to help your smile keep its attractive appearance. If you skip cleanings, plaque can form on dentures, making them less bright. Failing to clean your dentures regularly can result in staining and denture odor as well. To clean your dentures, apply a denture cleansing paste to a denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush. Brush all surfaces thoroughly. While you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser (e.g., Fixodent). Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation.

Dental Veneers

  • Following the preparation for cosmetic veneers, it will take two to three weeks for Callea Dental to receive the veneers back from the lab.
  • Temporary dental veneers may be placed until the permanent veneers are back.
  • Dental veneers do not require any special care once placed.
  • Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing.

Dental Bonding

  • Avoid excessive biting pressure on the teeth.
  • Avoid chewing on ice, pencils, and hard objects.
  • Continue to brush and floss regularly.

Fillings

  • You can expect to be numb.
  • Avoid eating anything sticky or hard during the first 24 hours.
  • It is best to wait until anesthetic wears off before eating, for it is very easy to bite and traumatize some of the numb tissues in your mouth if you were to eat before it wears off.  If you have had a ‘white’ resin filling, the filling is cured up completely after it is placed in your mouth, and after the numbness wears off, you can resume eating and drinking as you normally would.
  • If you had a silver metal filling, you can resume eating once the numbness wears off, but it is important to avoid anything significantly sticky or crunchy on the filling for the first 24 hours.  After this initial 24 hours, you may eat and drink as you normally do.

For more information about after care instructions, please feel free to call our office.

Dr. Callea Dental Room 1
Callea Dental Office B