Post-operation advice

  1. DO NOT SMOKE 24 to 48 hours after your surgery to maximize the success rate of the treatment. Nicotine may cause the procedure to fail.
  2. During the 2 hours following the operation, abstain from eating or drinking.
  3. It is very important to apply an ice pack wrapped with a damp towel at least 15 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours. Slight swelling and ecchymosis (bruising) on the face are probable and normal.
  4. Swelling may occur, reaching a maximum over 48 to 72 hours after the surgery and will disappear over the following days. Hot compresses may be applied, 15 minutes per hour, to help to reduce swelling.
  5. Discoloration of the skin may occur, which is normal and no treatment is needed. Everything will return to order without about 2 weeks.
  6. Do not rinse out your mouth within the first 48 hours. Then, you may rinse out your mouth using a medicated mouthwash during the following 2 weeks (twice a day or depending on the prescription).
  7. Do not drink with a straw in the 24 hours following your surgery because suction may damage the affected region and delay the healing process.
  8. Do not spit during the 24 hours following the surgery.
  9. It is normal for saliva to be tinged with blood for a few hours. In case of prolonged bleeding, replace the gauze compress with a damp teabag and apply slight pressure to the jaw for a period of 2 hours.
  10. Restrict your diet to cold liquids during the first 48 hours. During this period, avoid spicy foods. Your diet must be soft (mashed vegetables, soup, yogurt, applesauce, pasta, eggs) for the first 3 weeks (example: nothing crunchy).
  11. AVOID EXERTION and any excessive activity (sport) for the 1st week following your surgery.
  12. 48 hours after the surgery, carefully clean the operated region with chlorhexidine (prescription mouthwash) and cotton swabs 3 to 4 times a day. You may brush your teeth carefully, paying close attention not to brush the sensitive region.
  13. To rinse out your mouth, use a prescription mouthwash (if you have no more mouthwash, use a mixture of ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Do not use commercial mouthwash.
  14. Stiches are non-absorbable and we will remove them at your checkup 7 to 10 days later.
To set a fixed prosthesis (crown, veneer, CEREC bridge), we use a cement that sets instantly, but which also requires a period of rest before effective action. This is why you must abstain from eating with your fixed prosthesis for a duration of 24 hours.

Adjustments may be necessary if you have discomfort or pain 48 hours after cementing. We invite you to contact us to make an appointment in order to adjust your occlusion.

Congratulations! You’ve just undertaken an orthodontic treatment! Even though retainers are smaller than in previous generation, you may feel some pain in your cheeks. Feel free to apply orthodontic wax contained in your pouch onto the retainer bothering your until it is fully healed or until you feel comfortable. You can also rinse out your mouth with salty water (8 ounces of water and ½ teaspoon of salt) to aid in healing.

With regard to Invisalign shells, wounds are rare, but may be present depending on the position of your teeth and the shells placed on top of them. If you feel discomfort, apply orthodontic wax wherever you feel the injury.

You’ve probably received a prescription for antibiotics to fight the bacteria living in your tooth. 24 to 48 hours need to pass in order for them to be effective. Discomfort may be normal and may vary depending on the person. If you feel sensitivity or pain during this period, take some Advil if your health allows for it, or even Tylenol. After this time, contact us if the pain continues.

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