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Urgent Care

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.

Scheduling Reminders

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.

Referrals

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!

Patient Instructions

Looking for information about maintaining your oral health after an appointment or procedure? See below for general guidelines on caring for your dental needs.

  • Follow instructions included in your kit unless instructed otherwise.
  • Total treatment time is usually 2 weeks. Some cases may take longer, especially if treatment is interrupted.
  • Make sure you brush and floss thoroughly prior to each treatment. The whitening gel can work better if it is in contact with the tooth rather than plaque build-up.
  • Mild to moderate sensitivity to cold liquids or air may occur. This usually passes a few days after treatment is completed. If the sensitivity is severe or persists, discontinue use and contact our office.
  • If you experience gum irritation, let us know. Your tray may need to be adjusted, or you are overfilling the tray with solution.
  • Teeth Whitening works best on yellow stained teeth. Grey teeth are more difficult to whiten, or may not respond to treatment. Such cases may require porcelain veneers to achieve the desired result.
  • Results can be quite dramatic. However, after the teeth whitening process is completed, the color will blend and become more natural looking.
  • Long-term results vary from patient to patient. This can depend on many factors including habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, tea, wine and/or cola. Avoid all of these for at least 24 hours.
  • Touch-up treatments may be needed every 3-6 months. This can usually be accomplished in 1-2 treatments of 1-2 hours each. Additional whitening solution may be purchased through our office.
  • Existing restorations, crowns, and bonding will not whiten. Therefore, these restorations may need to be changed in order to match your new smile. As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied.
  • If you have unsightly old silver restorations, ask us about changing them to tooth-colored restorations. Old crowns with dark-colored gum lines can be changed to more natural looking porcelain crowns.
  • If your friends wonder why you are smiling so much, tell them about us. It would be our pleasure to help them achieve dental health for the best of their lives too.
  • Composite restorations are also known as tooth colored or white fillings.
  • The resin (plastic) material which is used in these restorations contains small “filler” particles of glass-like material for strength and wear resistance. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. However, you should be aware of the following information about your new restorations:
  • As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the resin material can break under extreme forces.
  • Composite restorations harden with the light used during the procedure. There is no waiting time to eat. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children and adults will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
  • Although we do everything we can to prevent it, sensitivity to hot and cold may occur for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Sensitivity is usually related to the depth of the cavity, but not always. There are instances where the tooth is having its very first restoration and can become sensitive.
  • If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call as soon as possible for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
  • The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site. Warm salt water rinses may help relieve these symptoms.
  • As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied. The finished restoration may be contoured differently and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference if this is the first time the tooth has been restored, but you should become accustomed to this difference in a few days.

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:

  • Do not eat anything sticky or crunchy.
  • When you floss, pull the floss straight out from between your teeth rather than pulling it back through where the teeth touch.
  • If the temporary comes off call us immediately. If it is not broken, place some toothpaste inside of it and place it back on the tooth. We will get you in and re-cement the temporary or make you a new one.
  • If the temporary feels high or feels not quite right when you bite down, call us for an adjustment appointment.

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.

  • Do not put any negative pressure on the socket: Smoking, sucking through a straw, rinsing and spitting vigorously, or picking at the site with your toothbrush are all examples of negative pressure and will dislodge the clot.
  • Do not rinse or consume anything that may dissolve the clot: Carbonated and alcoholic beverages will dissolve the clot as will mouth rinses with alcohol.
  • Limit yourself to calm activities for the first 24 hours to keep blood pressure down and limit bleeding.
  • After the tooth is extracted you may have a little swelling. Use an ice pack if needed for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. The swelling usually starts to go away after 48 hours.
  • Use pain medications only as prescribed.
  • Drink lots of water and eat soft foods the first day. Gradually ease into harder foods over the course of the week as you can tolerate them.
  • Gently rinse with warm salt water rinses the next day using a rinse-swish-spit technique.
  • Begin your normal dental routine after 24 hours. Brushing and flossing are very important to the health of your remaining teeth.
  • Place a towel over your pillow tonight as a little bit of blood and a lot of saliva will look like a lot of blood and stain your pillow.

Call us if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, swelling after 3 days, or any reactions to the medications we prescribed.

  • Frenectomy procedures are considered a surgical procedure even though they are very easy to do and have minimal post-operative effects.
  • When using the laser, post-operative discomfort is usually minimal, but you may wish to use a pain reliever such as Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol (children’s doses for children are important).
  • A few pieces of gauze have been sent home with you to use. Keep a slight amount of pressure on the site with a dampened piece of gauze for the first 30 minutes. You may need to change this gauze 3-4 times. This should be enough time for the bleeding to ease.
  • Avoid spicy, crusty, crunchy, and sour foods for the first week.
  • Rinsing the area with warm salt water rinses may be beneficial and soothing.
  • Initial healing occurs in 5-7 days, but the tissues below the surface may take an additional 3-6 months to heal. Longer healing times occur in cases where tooth movement is happening in conjunction with the healing process. As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied.
  • Limit activities that can result in the area being traumatized or hit for the first week.
  • Normal everyday activities can be resumed the next day after treatment is completed.
  • If any unusual bleeding or pain occurs please call our office, so we may check the area.
  • Mild to moderate sensitivity may occur. This usually passes within 24 hours after treatment is completed. If the sensitivity is severe or persists, contact our office.
  • Teeth Whitening works best on yellow stained teeth. Grey teeth are more difficult to whiten, or may not respond to treatment. Such cases may require porcelain veneers to achieve the desired results.
  • Results can be quite dramatic: However, upon completion of the teeth whitening process, the color will blend and re-hydrate for a more natural look.
  • Long-term results vary from patient to patient. This can depend on many factors including habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, tea, wine, and/or cola. Avoid these for at least 24 hours.
  • Touch-up applications may be needed every 3-6 months. This can usually be accomplished in 1-2 home treatments. Home whitening kits are available through our office.
  • Existing restorations (fillings), crowns, and bonding will not whiten. Therefore, these restorations may need to be changed in order to match your new smile. As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied.
  • If you have unsightly old silver restorations, ask us about changing them to bonded tooth-colored restorations. Old crowns with dark gum lines can be changed to more natural tooth-colored porcelain crowns.
  • If your friends wonder why you are smiling so much, tell them about us. It would be our pleasure to help them achieve dental health for the best of their lives too.
PURPOSE

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:

  • Accidental trauma
  • Developmental defects
  • Peculiar oral habits
  • Naturally occurring malocclusion (poor bite)
  • Psychological stress
  • Clenching and bruxing (grinding)
  • And other problems
RATIONALE

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.

CLEANING

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.

  • Scaling and root planning is more commonly known as deep cleaning.
  • You have received this treatment because bacteria have formed onto the surfaces of your teeth and are causing the bone around your teeth to shrink away or down the root surface. This infection known as Periodontal Disease can lead to the loss of your teeth if left untreated. Today’s procedure and all the other procedures in conjunction with this one are designed to dislodge the bacteria and get them out of your mouth. These procedures will also help keep them from reforming on the root surface.
  • Your gums may be tender for 1 to 3 days following treatment.
  • Your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Over the counter sensitivity toothpaste works well for most patients.
  • Be aware of your cheek and lip until all anesthetic has worn off.
  • Avoid hard crunchy foods and foods with seeds and husks like popcorn, nuts, and chips.
  • It is critical you maintain good home care. The plaque will begin to reform immediately, so brush and floss thoroughly every day. This may be slightly tender the first few days.
  • Following treatment- warm salt water rinses may be beneficial.
  • As with all medical and dental procedures, no guarantees have been expressed or implied.
Congratulations!

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.

Important Reminders:
  • Floss threaders can be used to clean under the provisionals. Make sure you do not pull the provisionals away from the gum tissue.
  • If your bite feels high after the anesthetic wears off, please call our office so we may adjust it to a normal position. A high provisional will bruise the tooth and create undue sensitivity and pain.

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.