Patient Information

Post Extraction Advice

In case of an emergency, please call Claire Murphy 083 154  3501

  1. If stitches are placed, it is important to limit the use of the facial muscles (eating, speaking and laughing for 24 hours). A pack may be placed over the wound, if it becomes loose after 24 hours and there is no discomfort, there is no need for any anxiety.
  2. In order to reduce swelling you will need to ice pack immediately after the extraction.
  3. Do not exert yourself for the rest of the day.
  4. Do not rinse out today, from tomorrow rinse with warm salty mouth washes (3 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water) after every meal, early morning and late evening.
  5. Do not brush or floss for 24 hours. After that brush surgery area lightly and carefully, resume normal brushing and flossing in other areas.
  6. There may be some post-operative discomfort and if required an analgesic will help i.e. Nurofen and Panadol.
  7. If antibiotics are prescribed take as directed. Always complete the course as prescribed.
  8. There is usually only a minimal amount of bleeding. We will give you some sterile packs to take home.  If you notice any bleeding, moisten the packs with previously boiled water and place over the area.  Apply constant pressure for one hour.  If wound continues to bleed, please contact the clinic.

DIET ADVICE:

  • Take a soft nutritious diet – avoid hard or brittle foods which might disturb the extraction site e.g. Seeds, nuts etc.
  • Do not eat for approximately 2 hours until sensation is back in the surgery area.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 48hrs or very hot beverages for 24 hours.
  • Discontinue smoking for as long as possible. Smoking delays the healing of the surgical site and may compromise the long term prognosis.

It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene during the tissue healing phase.

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Post Implant Advice

In case of an emergency, please call Claire Murphy 083 154  3501

    1. It is adviseable that you take Arnica 30 concentration. 2 tablets should be taken three times a day for 2-3 weeks (to help with bruise prevention). Arnica is available from any health shop, homeopathic shop and some chemists.

    2. In order to reduce swelling post-surgery you will need to place an ice pack over your chin or cheekbones (depending on the surgical site) 20 mins out of every hour for 48 hours post surgery so it advisable to have ice packs prepared in advance.

    3. Do not rinse out today, from tomorrow rinse with warm salty mouthwashes (3 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water) after every meal and early morning and late evening. Continue as directed at least one-week post surgery. You should be able to brush the rest of your teeth as normal. Do not attempt to brush the surgery site.

    4. You will need to alternate the salt with corsodyl/kin mouthwash 48 hours post surgery and continue both until advised.

    5. Take all medication as prescribed. Both antibiotics and painkillers will be prescribed, if you notice any unusual reaction please contact the clinic. If antibiotics are prescribed as directed. Always complete the course as prescribed.

    6. If you have a denture it is advisable to wear the denture as little as possible, follow the instructions as given in the surgery. It is important not to traumatize the wound, especially if a graft has been placed.

    7. Do not exert yourself for the next 48 hours. If you are having a single implant you may be able to return to normal activities the day after surgery.

    8. There may be some post-operative discomfort when anesthesia wears off. Please take all medication as prescribed unless advised otherwise. Contact the clinic if required. It is advised to take the painkillers even if not in pain as they help to reduce any swelling that may be experienced.

    9. Do not brush or floss for 24 hours. After that brush area of surgery very lightly and carefully until stitches are removed. Resume normal flossing and brushing in the other areas.

    • Take a soft nutritious diet – avoid hard or brittle foods which might disturb the extraction site e.g. Seeds, nuts etc.
    • Do not eat for approximately 2 hours until sensation is back in the surgery area.
    • Do not drink alcohol for 48hrs or very hot beverages for 24 hours.
    • Discontinue smoking for as long as possible. Smoking delays the healing of the surgical site and may compromise the long term prognosis.

    It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene during the tissue healing phase.

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Teeth Whitening
    • Thoroughly brush your teeth using a toothpaste containing Fluoride.
    • After removing the cap from the Whitening Gel Syringe tip, express the contents sparingly and evenly into the tray.
    • You will only use approximately a quarter of the tube.
    • Seat the tray over the teeth and gently remove excess gel that may flow beyond the tray’s edge.
    • You may wear tray over night or during the day.
    • If using 16% wear in trays for 2 hrs at a time – this can increased to overnight if your gums are not too uncomfortable.
    • If using 10% CP, this is best worn overnight – although 2 hours will give 80% of the full effect of that does.
    • After the prescribed time, remove the tray.
    • Clean the gel from the tray with a toothbrush and cold water.
    • The tray should be removed before eating and/or drinking liquid.
  1. Teeth are naturally darker along the gumline. These areas may require more time to lighten than the rest of the tooth surface and usually remain slightly darker.
    2. A small percentage of patients experience sensitivity with bleaching. Should this occur, contact your dentist.
    4. Some patients have noticed temporary discomfort of the gums, lips, throat, or tongue. Should any of these symptoms persist more than two days or progressively worsen, call the dental practice. These side effects will usually subside within 1-3 days after treatment is discontinued.
    5. Coffee, tobacco, and other products can restain your teeth over time. Should this occur, the teeth can be re-whitened within a few nights with Whitening Gel.

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Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygienist is an important part of the dental team. The Hygienists role is to improve the oral and dental health for individuals as well as groups in collaboration with a registered Dentist. The Dental Hygienist works with preventative and therapeutic procedures aimed to prevent and/or control dental decay and gum diseases. Dental Hygienist can communicate with patients in a caring and ethical way. Education is the key to empowering you to keep your mouth, teeth strong and healthy. The hygienist uses a variety of tools to help you do this.

What treatments can a Hygienist carry out?

Treatments carried out by the Hygienist include cleaning and polishing teeth, placing fissure sealants, applying topical fluoride and identifying abnormalities in the mouth, taking dental radiographs and administering local anesthesia.