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Patient Instructions After Preparation
for Gold or Porcelain Restorations

The tooth or teeth that have been prepared for porcelain restoration(s) have had a temporary restoration placed. It is very important that any temporary restoration remain in place. In most cases, the temporary restoration keeps the gums from “growing” over the margins (tooth edges) of the preparation and maintains the occlusion of that tooth with its opposing tooth (the “bite”). If the temporary restoration is missing for only a couple of days, the prepared tooth and its opposing tooth will erupt toward each other, decreasing the amount of space at the chewing surface of the restoration. This could even cause the need for re-preparing the tooth, new impression, new temporary restoration and new restoration. If a new restoration is required because the temporary one has been off the tooth too long, there will be an additional fee to you, and we certainly want to help you avoid additional cost.

If the temporary restoration comes out after office hours, dry the inside of it as best you can (small piece of paper towel or a dry Q-Tip works well) and use a Q-Tip to place a very small amount of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) inside the temporary, and carefully place it back on the tooth. The Vaseline tends to make a suction and should keep it on until the next morning, as long as you’re careful with eating, etc. Call the next morning for an appointment for re-cementation of the temporary restoration.

Preparing teeth for porcelain restorations can create soreness of the gums around the tooth/teeth. The best remedy for gum soreness is warm salt water rinses, as often as every hour. This can be done for as long as needed. Mix teaspoon of salt in approx. 8 oz. (1 cup) of very warm water until it dissolves. Swish the sore area with some of it for several seconds and spit it out. Do this, a little at a time, with the remainder of the salt water. When you’re home, set a timer to remind you to rinse with the warm salt water every hour. Call us at (504) 347-6000 if you have any questions or concerns.
 

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Below are some of the communities in the New Orleans area proudly served by the dentists and staff at New Orleans Dental Center :

Eastbank:
New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, River Ridge, Chalmette, Arabi, Meraux and all the communities of Orleans, Jefferson and Saint Bernard Parishes.
Westbank:
Algiers, Avondale, Barataria, Belle Chasse, Boothville, Braithwaite, Bridge City, Buras, Crown Point, Devant, Empire, Gretna, Harvey, Jean Lafitte, Jesuit Bend, Lafitte, Marrero, Nairn, Pilottown, Point A La Hache, Port Sulphur, Terrytown, Waggaman, West Pointe A La Hache, Westwego and all the communities of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
River Parishes: Boutte, Des Allemands, Destrahan, Good Hope, Hahnvlle, Luling, New Sarpy, Paradis, St. Rose and all the communities of St. Charles, St. John and Ascension Parishes.

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Harvey, LA 70058
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