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Postoperative Follow-Up

Good oral health will allow you to express yourself without awkwardness, to eat, interact socially, and all without pain or discomfort. At Groupe dentaire API, we offer the full gamut of high quality dental healthcare to take care of your oral health and restore your smile.

Here is some postoperative advice for the most common surgical procedures. We hope they can enlighten you!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Can teeth whitening make teeth sensitive?
It is normal that teeth or more sensitive after a whitening treatment regardless of if it was carried out by the dentist or it was a professional treatment administered at home. You can use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to relieve yourself. If the pain persists, consult your dentist.
Should I avoid some foods after a teeth whitening treatment?
Citrus fruit, fruit juice, soda as well as red wine, tea and coffee should be avoided during a teeth whitening treatment, otherwise you risk not having the same results.

Implantology

What should if my face is swollen?
Apply ice on your cheek for up to 10 to 20 minutes per hour without going over this time limit.
How do I relieve pain?
If your dentist prescribed painkillers, adhere to the recommended dosage. If not, you can take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen but always follow the suggest dosage. If antibiotics have been prescribed, make sure you take all tablets until the end of the treatment.
Is bleeding normal?
You may detect the presence of blood in your saliva the day following the procedure. To decrease bleeding, apply a sterile gauze on the area that was operated on and bite down on it lightly. If bleeding persists, consult your dentist.
Is the presence of blood clots normal?
In the days following the procedure, it is normal for a blood clot to form near the implant. It is important for the healing process so it must remain in its place. To keep it in place, avoid spitting, drinking with a straw or smoking within 48 hours of the surgery.
What can I eat after the surgery?
It is recommended you follow a soft diet in the days following the implant surgery. Your dentist can tell you how you should follow this diet. It is, however, recommended that you do not eat or drink anything whatsoever two hours after the surgery.
Can I brush my teeth?
Avoid brushing your implant in the days following the dental implant surgery. You can start using a soft bristle toothbrush again but only a few days after the operation.
Can I smoke after the surgery?
It is recommended that you do not smoke for AT LEAST 3 months after the dental implant surgery. Indeed, this can hinder the success of the procedure.

Orthodontics

Is it normal to feel pain?
Modern orthodontic techniques have made treatment a lot more comfortable. It is thus normal to feel a certain pressure but all pain that disturbs you and that persists should bring you to consult your dentist.
How can I clean my teeth?
Get a toothbrush designed for your orthodontic appliance, meaning one that has a small head and soft bristles. As for using of dental floss, you can evaluate the type of floss that suits you best. Some patients like using a floss threader.
What should I eat?
We recommend that you avoid foods that are very hard and sticky when wearing an orthodontic appliance.
Should I continue seeing the dentist for routine exams?
Routine exams and cleaning are all the more important when following orthodontic treatment. Fixed orthodontic appliances can indeed accumulate plaque, bacteria, and food residue, which increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. It is thus paramount that you visit regularly your dentist for a deep cleaning of your teeth, your mouth, and the appliance.
What should I do if my appliance breaks?
Make sure you keep the broken piece if possible and see your dentist as soon as possible so that the length of the treatment and its effectiveness will not be affected.

Endodontics

Is it normal to feel pain?
After an endodontic procedure (root canal treatment), it is normal for the tooth to remain sensitive for a one to two-week period. However, this sensitivity should remain moderate. In case of symptoms that seem abnormal, feel free to contact us.
How do I relieve postoperative pain?
If your dentist prescribed painkillers, adhere to the recommended dosage. If not, you can take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen but always follow the suggested dosage.
Can I brush my teeth?
You must keep applying the same regular hygiene rules after your treatment. This is paramount to keep new oral problems from appearing.

Dental Surgery

What should if my face is swollen?
Apply ice on your cheek for up to 10 to 20 minutes per hour without going over this time limit.
How do I relieve pain?
If your dentist prescribed painkillers, adhere to the recommended dosage. If not, you can take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen but always follow the suggested dosage. If antibiotics have been prescribed, make sure you take all tablets until the end of the treatment.
Is bleeding normal?
You may detect the presence of blood in your saliva the day following the procedure. To decrease bleeding, apply a sterile gauze on the area that was operated on and bite down on it lightly. If bleeding persists, consult your dentist.
What can I eat after the surgery?
It is recommended you follow a soft diet in the days following the implant surgery. Your dentist can tell you how you should follow this diet. It is, however, recommended that you do not eat or drink anything whatsoever two hours after the surgery.
Can I brush my teeth?
Avoid brushing the area that was operated on. You can start using a soft bristle toothbrush again but only a few days after the operation.
Can I smoke after the surgery?
It is recommended not to smoke for at least 48 hours after the surgery to favour healing.

General Dentistry and Family Dentistry

What should if my face is swollen after a dental extraction?
Apply ice on your cheek for up to 10 to 20 minutes per hour without going over this time limit.
How do I relieve pain after a dental extraction?
If your dentist prescribed painkillers, adhere to the recommended dosage. If not, you can take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen but always follow the suggested dosage. If antibiotics have been prescribed, make sure you take all tablets until the end of the treatment.
Is bleeding normal after a dental extraction?
You may detect the presence of blood in your saliva the day following the procedure. To decrease bleeding, apply a sterile gauze on the area that was operated on and bite down on it lightly for periods of about 45 minutes until the bleeding decreases. If bleeding persists, consult your dentist.
Is the presence of blood clots normal?
In the days following the extraction, it is normal for a blood clot to form near the area where the tooth was extracted. It is important for the healing process so it must remain in its place. To keep it in place, avoid spitting, drinking with a straw or smoking within 48 hours of the surgery.
What can I eat after the tooth extraction?
It is recommended you follow a soft diet in the days following the dental extraction. Your dentist can tell you how you should follow this diet.
Can I brush my teeth?
Brush your teeth while avoiding the area where the tooth was extracted for a few days.

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