Tooth extraction

Can I brush my teeth?

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Yes, but you should avoid brushing the surgery site for 24 hours following surgery.

Should I come back to the clinic to remove suturing?

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Sutures are absorbable. They will resolve within 5 to 10 days after surgery.

What to do in case of bleeding?

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Slight bleeding is normal in the days following surgery.

  • Keep a good pressure on the cotton for at least 30 minutes to stop the bleeding.
  • If bleeding persists, change the cotton and continue to put pressure on the extraction site; remain seated to avoid activating blood circulation.
  • If you run out of cotton, use a tea bag.

Is the presence of a blood clot normal?

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In the days following the surgery, a blood clot forms in the extraction site. It is essential that it stay in place to prevent pain and/ or infection. To do this, you should avoid:

  • Spitting and drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Smoking for 48 hours.

What to do in case of swelling?

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It is normal to have swelling for 3-4 days after surgery. It is also possible that a bruise forms on the cheek. To minimize swelling, sleep in a semi-sitting position (head up) and apply ice for 15 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours.

What are the recommendations regarding food?

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Proper nutrition is essential for a normal healing. During the first 24 hours, your diet should be limited to cold liquids. You should also avoid drinking through a straw and chew on the side of the extraction site.

Drink:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Jell-O

To be avoided:

  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Soft drinks

After 24 hours, you can gradually introduce soft food (easy to chew; pasta, cooked vegetables, fish, etc.).

Do I have to restrict my activities?

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Plan to stay at home the day of surgery and the day after. You can gradually continue your normal activity after 48 hours. However, avoid excessive activities during the 3 days after surgery (7 days in the case of wisdom teeth).

Is medication required?

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It is very important to follow the medication prescribed by the dentist. Avoid taking your medication on an empty stomach.

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What are the recommendations regarding food?

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Proper nutrition is essential for a normal healing. During the first 24 hours, your diet should be limited to cold liquids. You should also avoid drinking through a straw and chew on the side of the extraction site.

Drink:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Jell-O

To be avoided:

  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Soft drinks

After 24 hours, you can gradually introduce soft food (easy to chew; pasta, cooked vegetables, fish, etc.).

Do I have to restrict my activities?

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Plan to stay at home the day of surgery and the day after. For those 2 days, you should restrain talking as much as possible. You can gradually continue your normal activity after 48 hours. However, avoid excessive activities during the 3 days after surgery (7 days in the case of wisdom teeth).

What to do in case of swelling?

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It is normal to have swelling for 3-4 days after surgery. It is also possible that a bruise forms on the cheek. To minimize swelling, sleep in a semi-sitting position (head up) and apply ice for 15 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours.

Can I smoke?

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It is recommended to stop smoking for the 3 weeks after the intervention. Smoking slows down the healing and compromise the results. 

Is medication required?

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It is very important to follow the medication prescribed by the dentist. Avoid taking your medication on an empty stomach.

Tooth Whitening

Does teeth whitening make your teeth sensitive?

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It is possible that some sensitivity appears in the following hours. If so, gently brush your teeth with desensitizing fluoride toothpaste.

Whitening trays maintenance

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After each session, rinse the whitening trays with warm water and gently brush them.

What food to avoid?

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Eating certain food and beverages is indeed not recommended during treatment:

  • Citrus (oranges, grapes, lemons, etc.)
  • Fruit juice (because of their acidity)
  • Soft drinks
  • Red wine
  • Tea
  • Coffee

The results may be compromised if these instructions are not strictly followed.

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