Preparing for your Dental Visit

  • Prepare for your Visit

    • Information to Bring

      Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:


      • Your referral slip and any x-rays if applicable. If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If they were not digital x-rays and there is not enough time, before your scheduled appointment, for our office to receive them by mail please pick them up and bring them to your consultation. If additional x-rays are necessary they can be taken at our office.
      • A list of medications you are presently taking.
      • If you have dental insurance, bring your membership information or any necessary forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
      • A government issued form of identification in the instance we need to prescribe a narcotic or controlled substance medication.
      • Please alert the office/doctor if you have a medical condition that may be of concern at the time of your consultation (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
  • Surgical Instructions

    • Before Anesthesia

      Please follow these instructions to prepare for oral surgery with IV Sedation.


      • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight hours prior to the appointment.
      • No smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
      • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
      • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.
      • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
      • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
      • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
      • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or upset bowels, please notify the office.
      • If you take routine oral medications, please check with our office prior to your surgical date for instructions.
    • Dental Implants

      AFTER PLACEMENT OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

      Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


      BLEEDING

      Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.


      SWELLING

      Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as often as possible, for the first 36 hours.


      DIET

      Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


      PAIN

      You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, one to two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets. One to two tablets may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.


      ANTIBIOTICS

      Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.


      ORAL HYGIENE

      Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth with the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas.


      ACTIVITY

      Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.


      WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS

      Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least ten days unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. This was discussed in the preoperative consultation.

    • Wisdom Teeth Removal

      AFTER WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

      The removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure. Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully.


      IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SURGERY

      • The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.
      • Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
      • Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anesthetic becoming diminished.
      • Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
      • Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed. Refer to the section on Swelling for an explanation.


      BLEEDING

      A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag helps to form a clot by contracting bleeding vessels. To minimize further bleeding, do not become excited, sit upright, and avoid exercise. If bleeding does not subside, call for further instructions.


      SWELLING

      The swelling that is normally expected is usually proportional to the surgery involved. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is the bodys normal reaction to surgery and eventual repair. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until two to three days post-operatively. However, the swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs. Two plastic bags filled with ice, or ice packs wrapped in a moist towel should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be left on 20 minutes at a time and removed for 20 minutes continuously while you are awake. After 36 hours, ice has no beneficial effect. If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days, there is no cause for alarm. This is a normal reaction to surgery. Thirty-six hours following surgery, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face is beneficial in reducing the size of the swelling.


      PAIN

      For moderate pain, one or two 200mg tablets of ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) may be taken every three to four hours alternatively one to two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours.


      For severe pain, take the tablets prescribed as directed. The prescribed pain medicine will make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


      DIET

      Drink liquids after general anesthesia or IV sedation. Do not use straws when drinking from a glass. The sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. On the day of surgery, restrict your diet to foods that do not require chewing (yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup, etc). You may eat anything soft by chewing away from the surgical site(s) starting the day after surgery. High calorie, high protein intake is very important. Try to maintain a normal diet. You should prevent dehydration by taking fluids regularly. Your food intake will be limited for the first few days. You should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least five to six glasses of liquid should be taken daily. Try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort, and heal faster if you continue to eat. Protein shakes and fruit smoothies are a great way of increasing your protein and vitamin intake.


      CAUTION: If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position, you may become dizzy. If you are lying down following surgery, make sure you sit for one minute before standing.


      KEEP THE MOUTH CLEAN

      No rinsing of any kind should be performed until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least five to six times a day with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt especially after eating.


      DISCOLORATION

      In some cases, discoloration of the skin follows swelling. The development of black, blue, green, or yellow discoloration is due to blood spreading beneath the tissues. This is a normal postoperative occurrence, which may occur two to three days post-operatively. Moist heat applied to the area may speed up the removal of the discoloration.


      ANTIBIOTICS

      If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Antibiotics will be given to help prevent infection. Antibiotics should not be stopped even is you are feeling better, complete the course of antibiotics as directed. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction and call the office. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call our office.


      NAUSEA & VOMITING

      In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour including the prescribed medicine. You should then sip on Coke, tea, or ginger ale. You should sip slowly over a 15-minute period. When the nausea subsides, you can begin taking solid foods and the prescribed medicine. The use of over the counter anti-emetics such as Gravol may be considered, but may also make you drowsy.


      OTHER COMPLICATIONS

      If numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue occurs there is no cause for alarm. As stated before surgery, this is usually temporary in nature. You should be aware that if your lip or tongue is numb, you could bite it and not feel the sensation. So be careful. Call our office if you have any questions.


      A slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, notify the office. Tylenol or ibuprofen should be taken to reduce the fever.

      You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing. You were not able to eat or drink prior to surgery. It was also difficult to take fluids. Taking pain medications can make you dizzy. You could get light headed when you suddenly stand up. Before standing up, you should sit for one minute and then get up.


      Occasionally, patients may feel hard projections in the mouth with their tongue. They are not roots; they are the bony walls, which supported the tooth. These projections usually smooth out spontaneously. If not, they can be removed by your doctor.


      If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.


      Sore throats and pain when swallowing are not uncommon. The muscles get swollen. The normal act of swallowing can then become painful. This will subside in two to three days.


      Stiffness (trismus) of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event that will resolve in time.


      FINALLY

      Resorbable sutures are placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. Sometimes they become dislodged. This is no cause for alarm. Just remove the suture from your mouth and discard it. The sutures will be removed approximately one week after surgery if they have not dissolved on their own. The removal of sutures requires no anesthesia or needles. It takes only a minute or so, and there is no discomfort associated with this procedure. So it's really nothing to worry about.


      The pain and swelling should subside more and more each day following surgery. If your post-operative pain or swelling worsens or unusual symptoms occur, call the office for instructions.

      There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. The cavity will gradually fill in with new tissue over the next month. In the meantime, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with salt-water rinses or a toothbrush.


      Your case is individual. No two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the persons best able to effectively help you: your oral surgeon or your family dentist.


      Brushing your teeth is okay just be gentle at the surgical sites.


      A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site and even pain to the ear may occur two to three days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs.


      If you are involved in regular exercise, be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.

  • Financial Information

    • Payment Options

      At The Bloor Clinic we deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients and do our best to inform you of any financial charges before your appointment. As with all dental treatment, it is at times necessary to modify the treatment while it is being carried out; should this be the case, the final fee will reflect the final treatment provided.


      After a consultation appointment you will be provided with a treatment plan estimate, valid for 6 months. Financial options can be discussed during the initial visit.


      Our team is committed to providing excellent dental care and helping our patients with their individual needs. Due to patient confidentiality policies, each patient is responsible for the payment of their treatment. Payments are due at the time of your appointment. Methods of payment we accept include, Cash, Debit, Visa and MasterCard. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at (437) 774-8221. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.

  • Dental Insurance

    • Insurance Benefits

      Our office will do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental insurance benefits. As a courtesy, our office will complete and submit your insurance forms to help you achieve the maximum reimbursement to which you are entitled. Please remember that you are ultimately responsible for all expenses incurred.


      Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reimbursement. We urge you to read your insurance policy so that you are fully aware of coverage and any limitations of the benefits provided.

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