After minor oral surgery
Implants surgery guidelines
After a gum grafts
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At our office, your health is our number one priority. Our doctors and staff are highly trained and dedicated to meeting and exceeding the latest sterilization techniques and guidelines recommended.
You can be assured that all instruments used in our clinic are thoroughly sterilized for your safety and protection. In order to prevent the contamination of the material by foreign microorganisms (bacteria, parasites), we use industry-recognized equipements such as STATIM sterilizers. Biological tests are performed monthly in an independent laboratory to ensure that it is effective at killing disease-causing pathogens.
To ensure the asepsis of all work surfaces, these are cleaned with surface disinfectants recommended by the industry and dental associations. All clinical staff members observe specific hygiene rules and universal precautions are followed by wearing protective clothing, face masks, gloves and eye protection.
After minor oral surgery
To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest following the recommendations outlined below. However, it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after surgery.
On the day of the surgery
- Apply firm pressure on the compresses and keep them in your mouth for about an hour or two. Change the compresses every 20 to 30 minutes, as needed.
- Put some ice on your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour).
- In case of bleeding, bite down on some gauze or a slightly dampened tea bag for about 20 minutes.
Things to avoid
- Do not rinse your mouth or spit
- Do not drink through a straw
- Do not smoke
- Do not eat or drink hot food and beverages; choose cool, soft foods instead
- Do not engage in vigorous activities
- During the first 24 to 72 hours following your surgery, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the painkillers prescribed to you, but avoid aspirin.
- Rinse your mouth three times a day with a mixture of warm water and salt (1/2 tsp. of salt in 1 cup of water) the day after the surgery and until healing is complete.
- Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days.
- You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This discomfort will go away in four to five days.
- If pain gets worse after three days, do not hesitate to call us.
You should be feeling better and able to resume normal activities within a few days. If you experience pain, excessive bleeding, swelling that lasts two to three days, or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please call us right away at (514) 383-3666 OR page us in the weekends at the (514) 924-3666.
Implants surgery guidelines
The success of implant surgery is directly related to the control of the swelling, infection and pain. That’s why your dentist and his team will give you a series of guidelines to follow CAREFULLY. This way, you will make sure that the whole procedure will take place in the best possible arrangements and that the final result will live up to your expectations.
The week before surgery
It’s suggested to be accompanied during this intervention. However, if a medication causing drowsiness has been prescribed, it is MANDATORY to be accompanied.
The day of surgery
It’s recommended to have eaten a good meal 2 hours before the procedure. You must not be fasted.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes
Please take the medications prescribed by your dentist.
The day of surgery and 24h after
Take your medications as prescribed by your dentist.
Do not touch the area of the procedure with your fingers or tongue.
It’s normal for the saliva to be tainted with blood for about a day.
Sleep with the head raised a bit.
Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours
Apply an ice pack with a wet towel at least 20 minutes every hour.
Only eat soft food.
Clean the procedure area twice a day with chlorhexidine mouthwash, which will be provided by your dentist.
The pain is normal. Your medications will help control it.
The next days
NO SMOKING. Nicotine can hinder healing.
Continue to use chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Swelling can occur 48 to 72 hours after surgery. It will disappear in the following days.
The appearance of bruising normal. No treatment is required. All will return to normal in 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, a check-up will be made to check the healing and to remove the sutures.
Once again, if you still have concerns, contact us at (514) 383-3666 OR page us the weekend at: (514) 924-3666.
After a gum grafts
On the day of the procedure (24 hours)
- Drink hot beverages
- Vigorously rince your mouth for 48h
- Chew hard food or drink with a straw
- Drink alcohol
- Touch the bandages or the sutures with your tongue
- Take the recommended medecine
- Rest a lot
- Drink a lot of water
Swelling may appear and progress during the first three days. It can be reduced to a minimum by applying ice to the cheek.
This not only controls swelling, but also pain and the risk of bruising.
Apply an ice pack 15 minutes once an hour for 24 hours. Make sure to take the prescribed medication.
After the graft:
A slight bleeding is normal during the first day. For a gum graft, you can apply pressure for 5 to 20 minutes with a moist 2×2 (at the palate level only).
For all surgeries, if the bleeding is excessive, please let us know by calling:
The days following the procedure:
- Do not use ice past the firste 36h
- Rinse gently with the recommended mouthwash (twice a day (30sec.) x10 to 14 days) after 48h
- Brush and floss only on untreated teeth.
- Eat normally while avoiding rubbing the area of surgery with food.
- Chew on the untreated side.
- If you are taking antibiotics, take all tablets as ordered.
- Take pain pills (tylenol, advil, motrin) only if you have pain
Tips to follow when whitening at home:
Thoroughly brush and floss before inserting the gutters in the mouth.
Fill the anterior portion of the gutter with the third of the bleaching gel.
Insert the gutters in the mouth and keep them for the time needed, as directed by the dentist.
Remove the gutters after the prescribed time. Rinse and gently clean them with a toothbrush to avoid damaging them.
When whitening you teeth, avoid foods that stain such as red wine, blueberries, tomato sauce, coffee, coca, etc.
It is completely forbidden to smoke during a whitening procedure.
Your teeth and gums may become sensitive during the treatment. If the sensitivity becomes unbearable, stop the treatment for one or two days, then continue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.
Health Questionnaire (new patients)
You are a new patient?
To get a head start, you can complete a form that details your health status before your first appointment at the clinic:
- Save the form on your computer before filling it out.
- DO NOT FILL IT OUT DIRECTLY FROM YOUR WEB BROWSER
- Fill out and print the form.
- Bring the form to the first appointment OR
- Send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you need to cancel your appointment, please notify us by phone or email at least 48 working hours in advance, otherwise you will have to pay a service fee.
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Primary teeth filling
Why Should Primary Teeth Be Filled?
Primary teeth have multiple functions, including preparing the space for the permanent dentition. But their enamel is much thinner, which makes it more prone to develop cavities. Since some primary teeth may remain in place until the age of 12 years old, dental filling is inevitable if the tooth is cracked or infected.
Filling is a solution that is both simple and inexpensive to treat tooth decay. It prevents the risk of having a very painful oral condition that could lead to very costly care, such as a tooth extraction. It also avoids unpleasant social situations.
How to fill a tooth
- The dentist removes the decay using an instrument dedicated to this purpose.
- The dentist fills the space with a sealing material made of metal, plastic or other.
How to prevent dental decay in a child
- See your dentist as soon as your child is old enough to stay relatively still, between 2 and 4 years old.
- Make sure you instill your child the basics of a good dental hygiene at an early age.
- Adopt healthy eating habits
Your child’s first tooth has already erupted? Do not hesitate to contact us for advice.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
It is strongly suggested the first visit to the dentist takes place within 6 months following the eruption of the first tooth. This means your child should visit us around one year of age. This being said, it is better to come and meet us when your child is able to cooperate.
During the first appointment, the dentist and dental hygienist will put your child at ease, examine and clean his teeth and review brushing and flossing techniques with you.
It is estimated that 50% of the population is afraid of dentists. It is important for parents not to transmit this fear to their children. Do not minimize your kid’s fears and bear with him. Information and a positive attitude will reassure your child and determine his attitude in the future.
Your collaboration is important before, during and after the visit. The first visit aims to familiarize the child with the environment and create bonds and trust between the dentist and him.
Before the first visit
- Read your child one of the many books featuring a character who visits the dentist for the first time.
- Explain what the dentist will do.
- Go over the steps of the visit the day before the appointment.
- Never tell a child that going to the dentist will be painless.
During the visit
- You may be asked to sit in the dentist’s chair and hold your child during the examination.
- If your child is older, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the initial contact is made.
- Listen to the instructions and suggestions you are given on how to care for your child’s teeth.
- Keep a positive attitude about the consultation at all times.
- Ask for another appointment in six months.
After the visit
- Make sure that your child brushes her teeth at least twice a day or after every meal.
- Floss your child’s teeth once a day.
- Monitor what your child eats and offer foods that have a low sugar content.
- Till the age of 10, make sure your child brushes his teeth before bed time.