Our team members respect all of the appropriate dental clinic hygiene and disinfection standards. The rigorous measures of the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ) are meticulously followed.
The placement of crowns and bridges usually takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, we take impressions of the teeth that are to be treated. Then temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect your teeth until the custom restoration is being made.
- Brush your teeth normally, but floss carefully to avoid dislodging the temporary crown.
- If a temporary crown comes off, you will have to come back in so we can re-cement it. This is important as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
If you experience pain or have trouble closing your mouth, of if you have any questions, call us at 514-932-8585.
It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.
Day of surgery
- Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
- Keep your head elevated at all times.
- Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
- If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
- Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.
- Limit your physical activity. Rest.
- Don’t eat anything before the bleeding stops.
- Don’t drink through a straw.
- Don’t rinse your mouth or spit.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Don’t eat hard foods.
- Don’t brush near the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
- If the pain causes you discomfort, take the medication you were prescribed.
- If you were prescribed antibiotics for this treatment, continue to take them for the specified time period even if the symptoms are gone.
- Eat only soft foods or lukewarm liquids the day of the extraction. Resume your normal eating habits as soon as you are able.
The day after until full healing
- Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water solution (2 ml or ½ tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
- Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove plaque and ensure the best long-term results. Don’t brush near the area of the extracted tooth for the first 72 hours.
- Avoid hard foods (nuts, candy, ice).
- You may have trouble speaking and produce extra saliva. This should subside in a week.
- There may be some bruising on the skin. This will disappear in five to seven days.
- You may have trouble opening your mouth. This should diminish in four to five days.
- If the pain increases after three days, call our office.
You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, pain, continued swelling for two to three days or a negative reaction to the medication, call us at 514-932-8585.
- Brush your teeth correctly for at least 2 minutes twice a day, floss daily
- Follow the dental treatment plan outlined for you at your regular appointment.
- Return to our office for regular recare.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet, low in simple carbohydrates (sweets).
Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease which can ultimately result in loss of teeth. A thorough dental exam is required to properly diagnose the level of gum disease. Periodontal (gum) treatment is usually necessary. In order to maintain healthy gums, proper home care (brushing and flossing) is a must.
Once plaque sits on your teeth for more than 24 hours it hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar contain a significant amount of bacteria which release toxins causing deterioration of the bone and soft tissue holding your teeth in place, resulting in eventual tooth loss. This is known as gum disease and 70% of the adult population suffers from it. Tartar must be removed professionally, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss. Recent medical studies have revealed a close connection between oral health and general health. Oral bacteria and their toxins travel through your blood stream to the rest of your body causing damage elsewhere. Oral health is a vital component towards general well being.
Baby teeth allow children to smile, speak, and eat comfortably. Decay progresses rapidly in baby teeth. Leaving decayed baby teeth untreated leads to infections in the mouth damaging the permanent teeth that will eventually erupt. Furthermore the presence of baby teeth maintains the proper spacing for the future eruption of the permanent teeth.
Decay grows until it reaches the nerve, necessitating root canal or extraction. Worn out, leaking fillings often break and damage the tooth. If a tooth is not sealed with a proper filling, bacteria leaks into the tooth, causing decay under the filling. Eventually this decay reaches the nerve resulting in an infection.
Dentures are plastic teeth that sit freely on the gums. Today, removable dentures are a last resort. The mouth is often poorly accepting of dentures, resulting in pain, lack of denture wear, poor aesthetics and damage to remaining teeth. Studies have shown that as the number of natural teeth decreases, so too does the dietary intake of fibre, fruits and vegetables. The continual movement of most dentures results in poorly chewed food (digestive problems), poorer nutrition, loose teeth and jaw bone deterioration.
When a tooth becomes structurally flawed as a result of decay, a failing filling or fracture, there is often little tooth structure left to work with and a crown is necessary. Filling material alone is not strong enough to replace the missing tooth structure. It will often fail, or worse, the remaining tooth structure can fracture necessitating extraction of the tooth. A crown replicates proper tooth contours and encapsulates the remaining tooth to strengthen it and restore proper function.
Dental implants are small screws that act as artificial tooth roots when placed in the jawbone. They are made of titanium, a metal that is well accepted by the body and forms a strong bond with the bone to create a solid foundation. The implant then serves as an anchor for the placement of a crown, bridge, or prosthesis.
Routine X-rays should be taken every 1-2 years. However some patients will require it be done more frequently for a host of reasons including previous treatment, nutrition, hygiene and other health issues.
This procedure involves the removal of the nerve inside a tooth and then sealing it. When the nerve gets inflamed or dies, it needs to be removed from inside of the tooth to treat pain and infection. Although many patients are apprehensive about undergoing root canal treatments, advanced technology now allows for a relatively painless procedure.
Your child’s first dental visit should and can be fun!
It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth or gauze after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. Parents should start introducing a toothbrush and brushing the child’s teeth twice a day. If toothpaste is used, ensure that it is free of fluoride. Fluoride toothpaste can be used when your child is able to rinse and spit and doesn’t swallow it.
When your child is about 3 years old it is time to start thinking of a first dental visit. You want to generate excitement about visiting the dentist early in life to create good habits. The first visit is a fun adventure where the child rides in the chair and has their teeth counted and polished.
We offer two choices of professional tooth whitening:
- A 1 1/2 hour appointment instantly whitens your teeth, we also send you home with professionally fitted trays for touch ups.
- Consists of professionally fitted trays you place in your mouth with the whitening gel to be used for about 45 minutes per day. After about 10 days you will see a dramatically improved whiter smile.