After an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Until the numbness has completely work off, avoid:

  • any chewing

  • hot beverages

It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal.


It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and can be sensitive. Your gums may also be sore for a few days.

  • Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling

  • A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.


Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should return to normal in about a week. 

Home Care

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid:

  • hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, or pencils) and sticky candies.

Avoid stain-causing items such as:

  • Coffee

  • Smoking

  • Red wine

  • Tea

  • Berries

Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know. We always welcome your questions.