PATIENT FORMS

For your convenience, all new patient paperwork can be accessed online. Simply download each form below, complete the forms at home, and bring the forms with you to your first appointment. If you should have any difficulty downloading these forms, please call our office and a knowledgeable staff member will be happy to assist you.

New Patient Forms

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Crowns & Bridge, Inlays, or Onlays

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. You will wear temporary restorations until your permanent restoration is made. If your temporary falls off or breaks, save the pieces and call our office as soon as possible. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days. Brush gently and floss carefully for the first few days.

Scaling and Root Planing

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. Sensitivity to cold and heat will subside. Do not chew or eat until numbness subsides. Brush and floss as usual. Your gums may bleed a bit for a few days.

Denture Delivery

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. It is normal to experience some discomfort and speech problems while getting used to your new dentures. New dentures may need several adjustments to fit comfortably. To help with speech, read aloud for a few minutes every day focusing on S and F sounds. Your mouth will adjust, and your speech will improve. Remove your dentures every night to allow your gums to rest. Keep the denture in container of water or denture cleaner. Thoroughly brush your dentures with water before wearing them.

Extractions

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. For an hour after surgery, you should place pressure on the gauze pad covering the extraction site. If bleeding continues, apply new gauze should and pressure for and additional 45 minutes. After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 10 minutes. Remove for 5 minutes. Repeat. Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery. Do not rinse your mouth. Do not use a straw. Do not spit. Do not drink carbonated beverages. Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery. Then resume normal home care, gently brushing and flossing. Bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication and use a cold compress on your face. Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, soft pastas, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, applesauce, milk shakes, fruit juice, yogurt, and ice cream for 2-3 days. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Fillings

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. For an hour following your visit, do not chew. Wait until numbness subsides before eating. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.

Gum Surgery / Laser Gum Surgery

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. Pain, swelling, and bleeding is normal following gum surgery. A cold compress should be placed on your face near the surgical site for 10 minutes at a time, with 5 minutes off, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding. Do not raise your lips and probe the area with your fingers. If you have sutures, do not brush your teeth near the sutures. However, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth as you normally would. You may experience loss of sensation at the surgical site, and nearby teeth may feel loose for a while. Do not spit or use a straw the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Implant Surgery

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. Pain, swelling, and bleeding is normal following oral surgery. A cold compress should be placed on your face near the surgical site for 10 minutes at a time, with 5 minutes off, the day of your surgery. This will reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding. Do not raise your lips and probe the area with your fingers. Do not brush your teeth near the sutures. However, you should brush and floss the rest of your teeth as you normally would. Do not spit or use a straw the day of your procedure. Avoid smoking for a few days.

Root Canal Treatment

Do not eat/chew until all of your numbing subsides. Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should keep your appointments with Dr Dowd for any new or follow up appointments. Sensitivity should subside after a few days. Because a temporary filling is on the tooth, do not bite hard for one hour after your appointment. Once the permanent filling is in place, chew carefully on the opposite side of your mouth. Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain. Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days. Brush and floss gently.

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At Tyler Dental Care, we work hard to provide exceptional dental care. Led by Dr. Loyd Dowd, our team of professionals serves patients from Tyler, Texas as well as the surrounding East Texas area. Considered by some as the best dentist in Tyler TX, we provide advanced procedures such as dental implants, Six-Month-Smiles, implant supported dentures, CEREC one visit crowns, much more effective IV sedation dentistry and bone grafting. Call 903-405-2817 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.