Your Visit

Whether you are coming for a cleaning, treatment, or an unexpected dental predicament, we want to help you prepare for your appointment. Below you will find some helpful information to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Cleanings

    Your routine cleaning will take about 50 minutes. That includes an exam, any x-rays you may need, scaling and polishing the teeth.

    Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment time. This will allow us to get you in and out of your appointment, quickly and efficiently, giving you the rest of your day for work, errands, etc.

    If dental visits cause anxiety to you, don’t worry, we have nitrous oxide (a relaxing gas) available to ease your mind and make your appointment more enjoyable. This will not impede you from going back to work, driving, or having a productive day.

  • Treatment

    • The type of treatment you are receiving will dictate the length of your appointment.
    • Nitrous oxide is available for treatment as well as cleanings.
    • Take two Advil or Motrin right after treatment to relieve soreness after numbing wears off.
    • If you are having an extraction, do not take aspirin or any blood thinner for 5 days prior to your appointment, unless otherwise discussed with your primary care physician or specialist.
  • Post Op Instructions

    Crowns and Bridges

    • After the numbing wears off, your bite may feel a little off, causing some pain and discomfort particularly when chewing. If this is the case, please call the office to set up a time to come in and have your bite adjusted. This does not require any numbing.
    • Avoid hard and sticky foods as they may adhere to the temporary crown and pull it off the tooth or break.
    • Gently rinse with warm salt water to sooth sore gums, and also take Advil or Motrin to ease any pain after numbing wears off. (Put one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, gently rinse, swish, and spit.)
    • Expect some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, this is very normal.
    • When flossing, glide floss gently between the teeth. Pull the floss straight out to the side rather than up and down. This helps prevent the temporary crown from coming off the tooth.
    • If your temporary comes off for any reason, call our office and we will have you come back in to re-cement the crown. Do not attempt to re-cement the temporary yourself. If it comes off over the weekend, you may use Vaseline as a temporary adhesive, but call us Monday morning for a more permanent solution.

    Extractions

    • Gently apply pressure to the extraction site with gauze and continue until bleeding has stopped.
    • Avoid drinking through a straw or smoking. The suction created by these actions can cause dry sockets to occur.
    • Avoid eating hard or sharp foods such as chips or popcorn.
    • Gently rinse with warm salt water (Put one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, gently rinse, swish, and spit.) You may also gently rinse after meals to keep food out of the extraction site.
    • Some swelling may occur, and to help it decrease, use an ice pack (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off). Swelling should reduce after 48 hours.
    • You may also experience some pain, to control this, take medication prescribed by Dr. Kemp. Do not take medication on an empty stomach to avoid nausea. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them the indicated length of time, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
    • You may eat soft foods at any time after your extraction. We do recommend waiting until your numbness has worn off to avoid biting your cheeks or tongue.
  • Dental Emergencies

    If you are experiencing a dental emergency, such as a toothache or a broken or chipped tooth, please call our office at 615.373.2030.

    Please ask yourself the following questions:

    • Where in your mouth are you experiencing pain or a broken tooth (for example: upper right molar or lower left front tooth)?
    • Are you experiencing any sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures?
    • Is your tooth sensitive to pressure?
    • How long has your tooth been bothering you, or when did it break?

    If your temporary crown has come off, do not try and re-adhere it, instead call our office, make an appointment and bring the temporary with you to be re-cemented.

    If you are experiencing mouth sores, try swishing with warm salt water several times a day, and if they don’t clear up, call our office at 615.373.2030.