After Dental Treatment Care

The Smile Company offers a complete range of dental solutions for patients of all ages.

From your first consultation through to the end of a dental treatment, you are always free to ask us questions about your surgery and aftercare. We will always make sure you have a full understanding of the postoperative “do’s and dont’s” associated with your specific procedure.

The Smile Company team invites you to relax in our Member’s Lounge following any appointment. We understand that you may feel safer staying a little longer than the suggested time especially following lengthy treatments. You may have had a treatment involving sedation and we will gladly call someone to collect you.

 

Sealants

Sealants have long been a trusted solution for our child patients and are now increasing in demand from our adult patients. It is imperative to continue with proper oral hygiene after teeth have been sealed. Sealants will last for years with the help of the right diet, brushing, and regular assessments.

Avoid chewing on ice cubes, hard candy or sticky foods as much as possible. Instead, try incorporating the following healthy alternatives to your diet: Reduced fat peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, air-popped popcorn, low-fat cheese, and sugar-free non-fat fruit yoghurt. These few tips will help keep your sealants effective and prevent tooth decay for years to come!

 

Root Canal Treatment

Immediately following a root canal treatment, if an antibiotic has been prescribed, it is important to take these as directed to help reduce swelling and reduce chances of reinfection. The tooth should be treated at home just the same as any other, brushed and flossed regularly, preferably with fluoride toothpaste.

Your tooth will become more brittle after root canal treatment and it may discolour after some time. This is a normal consequence and we will discuss the options and need for possible bleaching, reinforcing or even crowning these compromised teeth with you.
In the meantime you should avoid hard and sticky foods.

 

Dental Implants

Following the placement of your implants, there may be a little short term discomfort. We can prescribe medication to alleviate this and aid the healing.

You may find chewing difficult for the first 3-4 days. A diet of eggs, milk and yoghurt is a good idea.

It is also important to continue good oral hygiene. We recommend a consultation with our hygienist, to receive specific brushing and flossing techniques for your implant and the surrounding tissues.

 

Veneers

To keep your veneer work looking new for years to come, visit us for regular cleanings and reassessments to support your routine home dental care.

Be aware that certain foods and drinks can stain teeth, such as red wine, and some fruits and teas and coffee beverages. Although the porcelain will not stain, these foods may make the interface between the porcelain and the tooth more obvious than necessary.

Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils. These seemingly innocent habits can damage veneers just as they can damage teeth.

 

Crowns and Bridges

Because plaque grows on this type of work just as it does on natural teeth, it is important to brush and floss daily. Otherwise, you may damage the teeth supporting your bridge through tooth decay or gum disease.

Our Hygienist, will show you how to use special devices such as bridge cleaners and in-between toothbrushes, to clean hard to reach areas.

 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Removing wisdom teeth may produce some swelling for a few days. Ice packs should be used frequently during the first day. After the first it is important to keep your mouth clean with salt water rinses in order to help the healing. Place 1/2 teaspoon of salt in warm water and repeat every four hours for three or four days.

Panadeine or Nurofen Plus are good post operative pain relievers, taken as directed on the packaging.

It is best to stay relaxed and not be too active, reduce coffee or alcohol, abstain from foods too hot, cold or too hard, and not to smoke within the 24 hours that follow your operation to make sure there are no bleeding problems.

There may be some stitches to help the gum heal over in which case we will need to see you again about a week later to check on the healing, and to remove any stitches.

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