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Following dental surgery

To ensure and facilitate the healing process, it is important to follow the instructions listed below. Please note, it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling. The stitches will dissolve 7 to 14 days after surgery.
Avoid rinsing and spitting, drinking with a straw, smoking and alcohol, as well as all spicy foods and warm beverages. Keep away from all strenuous activity for the first few days. It is strongly recommended to consume foods and drinks that are cold and soft.

Day of surgery:
  • Keep compresses in mouth for 20 minutes with a firm pressure. Change the compresses every 20 minutes if necessary.
  • For the first 24hrs, apply ice to the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice, every hour).
  • If slight bleeding occurs after the compresses, take a dampened, lukewarm tea bag and bite on it for 20 minutes.

Within the first 24h to 72h, you may take medications containing acetaminophene (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofene (Mortin, Advil), or any medications that were prescribed to you to suppress the pain. Avoid taking aspirine.

Day after until complete healing:
  • Rinse mouth, 3 times a day, with lukewarm water and salt (2mL or 1/2tsp. of salt for 250mL or 1 cup of water).
  • After the first 24 hours, you may apply compresses of warm water.
  • The appearance of bruises is possible but will disappear within 5 to 7 days.
  • You may experience difficulties opening your mouth. This should dimish within a few days.

Following a tooth extraction

To ensure and facilitate the healing process, it is important to follow the instructions listed below. Please note, it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling after surgery.
Avoid rinsing, spitting, drinking with a straw, smoking and alcohol, as well as all spicy foods and warm beverages. Keep away from all strenuous activity for the first few days. It is strongly recommended to consume foods and drinks that are cold and soft.

Day of surgery:
  • Keep compresses in mouth for 20 minutes with a firm pressure and change them every 20 minutes, if necessary.
  • If slight bleeding occurs after the compresses, take a dampened, lukewarm tea bag and bite on it for 20 minutes.

Within the first 24h to 72h, you may take medications containing acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or any medications that were prescribed to you to suppress the pain. Avoid taking aspirin.

Following crowns, bridges and veneers

The installation of bridges, crowns or veneers are normally done in two appointments. At the first visit, we take impressions of teeth to replace. Then we proceed to the installation of temporary crowns or bridges if recommended, to protect your teeth before the replacement teeth are ready.

Avoid
  • Eating sticky or hard food (gum, candy) between the 2 appointments and during the first two hours after the delivery of the crown, bridge or veneer.

Chew on the opposite side between the 2 appointment and during the first two hours after the delivery of the crown, bridge or veneer.

Between the two appointments
  • Brush your teeth normally, being careful to keep healthy gums.
  • Use dental floss carefully to avoid decementing the crown or temporary bridge.

If you lose the temporary restoration, please call us immediately. If you wait too long, installing the new crown may be more difficult, as the other teeth may begin to shift.