According to estimates from the American Dental Association, 26.5 percent of adults aged 19 to 64 and 16.7 percent of seniors over age 65 have untreated cavities. In addition, 47.2 percent of adults over age 30 have untreated gum disease. When these serious dental conditions are not treated in a timely manner, they can result in further damage, including tooth loss.
At the practice of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS, we offer full mouth reconstruction to address multiple dental issues in one comprehensive treatment plan. If you are one of the millions of Americans that have tooth decay and periodontal disease, we can perform treatment to improve the health and appearance of your teeth and gums.
First, we will go over your full mouth reconstruction recovery instructions so you can enjoy a comfortable healing period after undergoing treatment at our Knoxville, TN practice.
Eat Soft Foods
Whether you undergo treatment for tooth decay or periodontal disease, it is a good idea to eat soft foods in the days after surgery.
If you had a restoration placed fill a cavity, the tooth will probably be sensitive to pressure for at least a day after treatment. If the gums were deep cleaned with root planing and scaling, they will also be sensitive after treatment.
By consuming soft foods such as yogurt, soups, or mashed potatoes, you can avoid discomfort when eating after full mouth reconstruction.
Control the Temperature of Foods and Drinks
Since the teeth and gums are particularly sensitive after full mouth reconstruction treatment, you can also eat and drink items that are lukewarm. If foods and drinks are too hot or too cold, it can cause increased discomfort.
Take Pain Medication
To further control discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication in the days after treatment. In many cases, we recommend taking your first dose immediately after your full mouth reconstruction procedure is completed. This way you can stay ahead of any discomfort that develops as the local anesthesia wears off.
Avoid Foods with Small Seeds
If you undergo treatment for gum disease, you should avoid any foods or drinks that contain small seeds. If food particles get stuck in your healing gum tissue, it can result in another infection and bad breath.
Be mindful when eating soups or smoothies, as these items often contain seeds or herbs that can embed themselves down in the gum line.
Clean the Teeth and Gums
It is extremely important to exercise good oral hygiene when healing after full mouth reconstruction. However, you will have to be gentler when brushing and flossing the teeth. In some cases, you may brush or floss around the treated area. If you have a temporary crown in place, you will need to run the floss down the tooth, but not back up it.
If you undergo a gum procedure, we may recommend that you use a saltwater rinse every few hours.
To schedule a full mouth reconstruction consultation, contact the practice of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS today.