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Postoperative Tips

After minor oral surgery

The advice given here should be followed to allow for proper healing. Note that after surgery, it is natural to feel discomfort and swelling in the operated area.

Jour de la chirurgie

  • Keep the gauze compresses in your mouth for about 30 minutes. Replace as needed.
  • Place an ice pack on your cheek for 10 minutes at a time. (repeat every hour as needed).
  • If there is bleeding, use gauze or a moistened tea bag and bite on it for about 30 minutes.

Don't

  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Do not drink with a straw.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not consume hot food or beverages. The consumption of cold, soft foods are recommended.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activity or exercise

Pain management

  • From 24 to 72 hours after your surgery, you can take an over the counter medication containing acetaminophen such as (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medication you have been prescribed to relieve pain. Note that the use of aspirin is not recommended.
  • If bruises begin to appear on your skin, they will dissipate four to five days later.
  • You may feel pain when opening your mouth. This will last for four or five days.
  • If the pain increases instead of diminishing, do not hesitate to contact us.

The pain will disappear after a few days, and then you can resume a normal life. If you still experience pain, are bleeding significantly, have swelling for two or three days, or if your body reacts adversely to the medication, please contact us at 450-662-6060.

After a tooth extraction

The advice given here should be followed to allow for proper healing. Note that following surgery, it is natural to feel discomfort and swelling in the operated area.

The day of surgery

  • Keep the gauze compresses in your mouth for 30 minutes by applying firm pressure. Replace as needed.
  • Place an ice-pack on the cheek 10 minutes at a time. (Repeat every hour)
  • If there is bleeding, use gauze or a moistened tea bag and bite on it for about 30 minutes.
  • Bleeding and colored saliva are normal after surgery.
  • Do not engage in any strenuous physical activity.
    It is recommended you remain as calm/quiet as possible.

Don'ts

  • Avoid moving the blood clot formed, as it promotes healing.
  • Do not eat before the bleeding stops.
  • Do not drink with a straw.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol
  • Avoid eating hard foods.
  • Within 24 hours after surgery, do not brush teeth located near the extraction site.

Pain Management

  • Should there be any onset of pain, take the medication that has been prescribed to you.

Diet

  • The day of the extraction, please eat only soft foods and drink lukewarm liquids.

The next day following surgery until fully healed

  • To remove plaque and ensure the success of surgery, please brush your teeth every day, in addition to flossing. In the first 24 hours after surgery, do not brush too close to the extraction site.
  • Do not eat hard foods. (nuts, candy, ice)
  • It is possible you may notice you are producing a different level of saliva than normal. So you may have difficulty pronouncing certain words. All this should clear up within a week.
  • Bruises may begin to appear on your skin. These will heal within a few days.
  • You may feel pain when opening your mouth, and this may last for up to four or five days.
  • If after three days the pain intensifies instead of subsiding, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you still have pain, if you are bleeding substantially, if you have swelling for two
or three days, or if you experience adverse effects to the medication, please contact us at 450-662-6060.

After installing a crown or bridge

During the first two sessions, we will first make an impression of your teeth. Then, we will set temporary crowns or bridges while awaiting a tooth or teeth being prepared in the laboratory. This period usually takes two weeks.

The day of the tooth/teeth preparations

  • If applicable, take the medications prescribed or recommended by our team.

Don'ts

  • Do not consume hot beverages when you are under anesthesia.
  • Do not chew on hard or sticky foods (gum, candy) with your temporary restoration or crown.

Diet

  • Make an effort to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

The day after until fully healed

  • Brush your teeth as usual and floss as demonstrated by your dentist so as not to move the temporary crown.
  • If the temporary crown is dislodged or falls out, it is imperative to return to the clinic so that we can cement it again. This is to prevent displacement of the adjacent teeth and to facilitate the installation of the permanent crown.

If you experience a painful physical sensation, cannot close your mouth easily or have further questions, please contact us at 450-662-6060.