Mouth surgery is never an innocuous medical act, whether it consists in treating a cavity in depth, correcting a gum defect or treating gum that has pulled away from the teeth, performing an in-depth scaling or a root planing in order to stabilize a case of periodontitis or extracting a tooth. Any surgical procedure, even a minor one, can cause bleeding, pain, inflammation, and discomfort; and it may even lead to an infection that will call for antibiotic treatment.
Recommendations after dental care
Any type of dental care calls for a bit of post-operative discipline; we therefore invite you to read the article that applies to your case:
- After the fitting of a crown or bridge
- After cosmetic reconstruction
- After a tooth extraction
- After minor oral surgery
To avoid such inconveniences, you should follow every piece of basic advice that we are providing you here, and that your dentist will repeat to you on the day of the procedure.
To help the healing process, the David & Cloutier Montréal dental health centre recommends taking the precautions that are suggested below. Please note as well that after surgery it is perfectly normal to feel a certain degree of discomfort.
Slight inflammation of the surrounding tissue is also quite probable.
On the day of the dental surgery
- Keep compresses in your mouth for one hour and press firmly; change them as needed.
- Apply ice on your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes at a time, at the most).
If bleeding occurs, bite into a gauze pad or a moistened tea bag for approximately twenty minutes.
What you should not do:
- rinsing your mouth or spitting,
- drinking with a straw,
- consuming hot food or beverages: prefer cold and soft food or beverages,
- intensive activities should be avoided.
Treatment of aching teeth or gums
During the first 24 to 72 hours, take acetaminophen-based medication (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen-based medication (Motrin, Advil) or take the medication that was prescribed to you as a pain reliever. Avoid taking aspirin.
From the day after the surgery until you are fully recovered, rinse your mouth three times a day with salted warm water (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon salt in 250 ml or 1 cup water).
Bruises may appear on your skin. They will disappear after five to seven days.
You will probably experience difficulty opening your mouth. Everything should ease after four to five days.
Do not hesitate to call us if after three days the pain increases instead of subsiding.
After a few days, you will feel better and you will be able to resume your regular activities. Do not hesitate to call us at 514 527-1276 if you are experiencing pain, if bleeding occurs, if swelling has taken place for 2 to 3 days or if you are reacting to medication.
At the David & Cloutier dental office, the well-being of our patients and the quality of our treatments are at the heart of our practice.