For your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. We will discuss your goals for your dental treatment, chart all existing restorations or missing teeth, perform an oral cancer screening and take x-rays to examine your jaw structure tooth position, bone loss and decay.
Payment is due at the time of service. For your convenience we accept Debit, Mastercard, Visa or Cash. You may also pay via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer financing through Desjardins. There are multiple plans available with short or longer terms. Financing is available from 0%.
Post Operative Instructions/Information
Tooth restorations, or fillings, can last several years. Restorations are completed using tooth-colored plastic materials called composite resin fillings.
When having fillings done please be aware of the following:
- Avoid excessive chewing on hard foods using your newly-restored teeth. The resin is at risk of breaking due to extreme force or pressure.
- Try and have your child eat before having a filling done. If freezing is used watch that your child doesn't bite the inside of his tongue or cheeks.
- After a teeth restoration, sensitivity to hot or cold is typical. A deeper cavity filling makes the teeth more sensitive.
- If you think that your bite is slightly unbalanced, call in for another appointment for adjustment.
- Gum tissues may be irritated during the procedure and can last a few days.
If you have had a tooth extracted it is important to follow the post operative instructions to ensure proper healing and to reduce the risk of infection.
The day of the extraction:
- Bite on a gauze pad for 1/2 hour to an hour
- If bleeding won't stop contact our office
- Take any prescribed medication
- Use an ice bag 20 minutes on 20 minutes off
- Drink liquids and eat only soft foods
- Don't smoke
- Don't drink alcohol
- Don't use a straw
- Don't drink hot drinks
- Don't rinse or spit
- Don't exercise
After oral surgery, you'll be advised to quit smoking for at least five days. The reason behind this is that smoking can dislodge the blood clot at the surgery site and lead to a condition known as dry socket. Dry socket is an infection that can occur in the empty tooth socket after a tooth extraction.
Any kind of suction in the mouth can dislodge that blood clot and cause the healing to be late, or even create a painful condition known as a dry socket. It is recommended not to drink from a straw for three days after a tooth extraction because that is the peak time when a dry socket can occur.
Crown Preparation: Postoperative Instructions
Your tooth has just been prepared for a crown, and a temporary crown has been placed. It is very important that your temporary crown stays on! The temporary crown protects your tooth and helps it maintain its position. If it comes off, your tooth may shift, and the permanent crown may not fit. Please contact the office to have it re-cemented as soon as possible.
Avoid chewing or biting directly on the treated tooth. The temporary crown is plastic and could break. Always brush and floss around the tooth. When flossing, pull the floss through instead of upward or downward. Try to stay away from sticky foods such as gum, caramel, and taffy. You may experience some temperature sensitivity with the temporary crown; this is not unusual and should be short term. The bite on the temporary should feel normal; if the bite feels “off,” please contact the office for a simple bite adjustment. You may have some tenderness in the gums around the teeth we worked on for a day or so. Over-the-counter analgesics usually alleviate the discomfort. We usually recommend 600mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours as needed for pain.
If discomfort continues, have severe pain, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.
Root Canal / Endodontic Treatment
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car after taking them.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact our office.
Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care
- Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
- Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
- Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
- If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments.
Contact our office right away if you develop any of the following:
- a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
- an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
- a return of original symptoms; or
- your bite feels uneven.
Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success.
The tooth that has had appropriate endodontic treatment followed by a proper restoration can last as long as your other natural teeth. After the tooth has been restored, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings.