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Existing patients with regularly scheduled visits can receive treatment for urgent needs after hours by calling the office at 970-245-9570 for instructions on how to reach us or the dentist on call.
As a courtesy, we generally call and confirm your appointment, but occasionally we are unable to provide an appointment confirmation. Please keep track of your appointments, as we will be prepared for your arrival at the scheduled time.
If you must reschedule your appointment, please notify our office at least 48 hours before your originally scheduled appointment. This allows us to adjust our schedule and keep our costs lower for our valued patients.
We strive to provide the best dental care in the Grand Valley, and there is no higher compliment we can receive than a referral. If you’re happy with the level of service from Laurie A. Stein DDS, PC, we would greatly appreciate a referral to your friends and family. Thank you!
Looking for information about maintaining your oral health after an appointment or procedure? See below for general guidelines on caring for your dental needs.
Take care eating until your mouth has completely awakened. If you do need to eat, a smoothie or shake is great for nourishment and ease of eating.
Your tooth and gums will likely be sore for a few days due to having been worked on. Warm salt water rinses will tend to ease the gum tissue soreness.
Crowns and bridges take two or more appointments (usually two). Today’s appointment gives our wonderful lab the materials they need to make a beautiful crown for you. It normally takes the lab about 3 weeks to make the crown. Your tooth has a temporary crown on it today that will need to be on until the definitive crown is ready. The temporary crown holds all the other teeth in their respectful places just as your normal tooth structure would have done. It is intentionally placed with a weak adhesive, so it will be easy to remove once the definitive crown is ready.
The temporary crown is made of acrylic and does not reflect the vitality, texture, or shape of the definitive crown. If you have chosen a porcelain crown, the definitive crown will look much more realistic. The gold crown will be smoother and have a much more realistic shape.
Taking care of your temporary:
When you are in for the next visit we will remove the temporary, clean the tooth, make sure the definitive crown fits and looks the way we want it too, and a more definitive cement will be used to cement the crown in place.
Although the crown will never get a cavity, the tooth next to the crown still can and the materials the crown are made out of will wear out over time and need replacement. Crowns can last a long time with proper care. As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied.
After an extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form in the socket. If a blood clot fails to form, is dislodged, or is dissolved, a dry socket may form. This is a very painful infection of the bone and requires additional treatment. The following instructions are intended to help prevent this from occurring.
We will be sending several pieces of gauze home with you. Bite on the gauze for 30-45 minutes after the procedure is completed to help form the initial clot. The additional gauze may be used if more time is required or the gauze becomes overly saturated with blood and saliva. You may have to do this several times. If the bleeding has not slowed or stopped after a few hours, call our office for further instruction.
Call us if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, swelling after 3 days, or any reactions to the medications we prescribed.
The purpose of splint therapy is to help your lower jaw function more properly. This appliance will help relax any of your jaw muscles which are in spasm and to reduce muscle pain by evenly distributing your bite forces, as well as removing any interference in your bite. There are many situations that may cause your lower jaw to malfunction including but not limited to the following:
You have received a hard, clear bite splint/guard. This treatment has been used for many years to keep the teeth from contacting while you sleep and to allow the lower jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference and guidance from your teeth. It is essential you wear your night guard every night and you may also wear it during the day if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth.
Take your splint out to eat. After brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly, brush and rinse the inside and outside of the splint. Use a dental soak cleanser (Efferdent) or non-alcohol containing mouth rinse weekly or monthly as needed for a clean fresh splint.
If your pain increases after wearing the splint, please call the office for an appointment to adjust the bite and fit.
Make sure to keep the splint away from your pets. These make the best chew toy and will be a fabulous treat for your pet.
You have completed the first phase of your treatment toward a beautiful new smile.
Although your provisionals (temporaries) are designed to be a model for your definitive restorations, they will not feel like your final restorations, which will be smoother and more lifelike in appearance. Your teeth may be sensitive to temperature and chewing with your provisional, but this should subside after your definitive restorations are placed. Some patients experience a sensation of contraction or tightness with hot/cold foods or beverages. This is normal and will not be the same sensation you have with your definitive restorations. Avoid eating hard foods or anything very chewy.
You will have some discomfort after your preparation appointment. Each patient will vary with the sensitivity they experience. We have found that this initial discomfort is easily relieved in most cases by taking by taking 600-800mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) every 6 hours as needed. Do not exceed 3200 mg in a 24-hour period. If your sensitivity cannot be managed with Ibuprofen, please call our office.
It is extremely important to keep your gums as healthy as possible between your preparation and cementation appointments.
Gently clean around the gum tissue. Unhealthy tissue will tend to shrink away from the provisionals, so it is important to make sure to keep it clean without traumatizing the area. BE GENTLE.
Do not eat hard, crunchy or sticky foods on these provisionals.
The materials we are using to restore your smile are limited in the fact that they are man-made and with medical and dental procedures no guarantees are expressed or implied. We strive to provide optimal care and materials, but you must understand nothing lasts forever and will periodically need to be replaced. Sharp impacts may fracture these materials. Take care to cut up crunchy or hard foods if you cannot avoid them all together.
Take care of your new smile and it will serve you well.
Congratulations on taking that much deserved step toward dental health for the best of your life.