How often should I come in for a checkup and cleaning?
Checkup and hygiene appointments are should be at least twice each year. If you need more than 2 visits due to certain periodontal conditions, we suggest you come for an additional 1-2 more visits the same year. Checkups could be very helpful to help you avoid problems such as gum disease and oral cancer.
Why do I still feel uncomfortable after a root canal treatment?
It is normal to experience some discomfort in the treated area. As your body heals, the area around the tooth might feel a bit sore and tender. Your dentist or endodontist may have prescribed you pain medication to be taken as needed. For severe pain, you may also call the office for a follow-up appointment asap.
Are there other options to replace having metal braces for straightening my teeth?
Metal braces are not for everyone. Fortunately, we offer alternatives such as Invisalign clear braces and porcelain veneers, to help you achieve straight teeth without metal. A quick consultation with us can help you decide on what alternative to use based on the needed adjustments of your teeth.
How do I take care of my dental implant(s)?
Cleaning your implants could be more important than cleaning your teeth. It is because an implant is a foreign material. Thus when an infection occurs, you lose the implant much quicker than you would your tooth due to your immune system! To take care of your implants, we strongly recommend you visit our office 3-4 times a year for professional hygiene appointments. We also suggest you have a strict home routine that involves interproximal brushes called proxy-brush, and water-jet irrigation nightly and after each meal.
Is it ok for me to drink alcohol after oral surgery?
Holding back on all alcohol intake is advised, because this may interfere with other medications. You can drink alcohol after you stop taking medications (5-7 days after surgery).
What is Dry Socket?
A dry socket is a painful condition that results from premature loss of the blood clot. Risk factors for developing a dry socket are extracting painful or infected teeth, wisdom tooth surgery, females, smokers, and oral contraceptives. Symptoms of a dry socket typically occur 3-4 days after oral surgery. Severe throbbing pain, which is not responsive to pain medications, and bad breath, are the usual complaints. This condition requires an office visit where your surgeon will gently place a medicated dressing into the tooth socket. Pain relief is often immediate once the site is treated. A few visits may be necessary in some cases.
Can I take my medications on an empty stomach?
We recommend taking pain medication and antibiotics with food because without it, you may feel nausea/vomiting in the case of antibiotics. Ibuprofen can also increase stomach acidity levels and is also recommend to not take on an empty stomach.
How long will I have stitches in my mouth?
Most sutures will resorb on their own. There are times were non-resorbable sutures maybe placed, so a removal by the doctor can be done when necessary.
Is bleeding from my nose normal after a sinus lift procedure?
Yes, slight intermittent bleeding is normal. Hold your nose and tilt your head back for a few minutes. Also use Afrin as directed, but not longer than 3 days.