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Dental Works on Cornwall strives to be your choice for all of your dental needs.

Oakville Dental Clinic

As a dental office, we are big believers that good communication is a must in order to build strong doctor-patient relationships. Dental Works on Cornwall strives to be your choice for all of your dental needs.

With each treatment, we will clearly discuss your current condition and provide different choices to best suit your needs and lifestyle. We also always encourage open communication. Should you have any questions or concerns along the way, we hope you will always feel comfortable addressing them with our team.

Listed below are some helpful patient resources:

AFTER CROWN AND BRIDGE APPOINTMENTS Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. On rare occasions, temporary crowns come off. Call us if this happens and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place. It’s normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed. To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss sideways to prevent removal of the temporary crown. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office. AFTER GUM SURGERY After your gum surgery, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Don’t eat anything for two hours following surgery. It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after surgery. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. Do not take medication on an empty stomach or nausea may result. Apply an ice pack (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) for six hours following surgery to decrease pain and swelling. After twenty-four hours, to further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water (put a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, gently rinse-swish-spit). If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. Some slight bleeding is normal for a day or so following surgery. If bleeding persists, apply firm pressure with a moist gauze pad or bite on a tea bag for twenty minutes. Elevate your head with pillows. Call our office if this doesn’t control bleeding or if bleeding increases. For the first 48 hours, restrict your diet to soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, cottage cheese, and soups until you can chew comfortably. Relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for the first twenty-four hours following surgery. Continue your normal homecare routine in the non-treated areas. You may gently rinse around the treated area with warm water or mouthwash, but frequent or vigorous rinsing must be avoided until healing has taken place. Call us if pain or swelling persists or if you have any questions or concerns. AFTER ROOT CANAL THERAPY Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Between appointments, it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that it can be replaced. It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. To further reduce pain and swelling. rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit). If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. To protect the tooth and help keep you temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush and floss normally. Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent swelling or pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office. AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION After an extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the extraction. If bleeding or oozing continues after you remove the gauze pad, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another thirty minutes. You may have to do this several times. After the blood clot forms, it is important to protect it, especially for the next 24 hours. So Don’t: smoke, suck through a straw, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site. These activities will dislodge the clot and slow down healing. Limit yourself to calm activities for the first 24 hours. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding and helps the healing process. After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and have some swelling. You can use an ice bag to keep this to a minimum. The swelling usually starts to go down after 48 hours. Use pain medication only as directed, call the office if it doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods on the day of the extraction. Don’t use alcoholic beverages and avoid hot and spicy foods. You can begin eating normally the next day or as soon as it is comfortable. Gently rinse your mouth with salt water three times a day beginning the day after the extraction (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit). Also, rinse gently after meals, it helps keep food out of the extraction site. It is very important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, this should include brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing at least once a day. This speeds healing and helps keep your breath and mouth fresh. Call us right away if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling after two or three days, or a reaction to the medication. After a few days you will be feeling fine and can resume your normal activities. AFTER FILLINGS When an anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. If possible, avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. If your child has received an anesthetic for fillings, pay extra attention to ensure that he/she does not inadvertently bite his/her lip, cheek or tongue. It’s normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (put a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. You may chew right away on white fillings since they set completely on the day of the appointment. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.

Here are some common dental emergencies and how to handle them.

TOOTHACHE Call our office and explain your symptoms. We will see you the same day whenever possible. For discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you, but do not put the pills on your sore tooth. Hold an ice pack against your face at the spot of the sore tooth. Do not put a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or any other source of heat on your jaw. Heat will make things worse instead of better. CHIPPED OR BROKEN TOOTH Broken teeth can almost always be saved. Call our office and explain what happened. We will see you promptly. If it’s a small break, we may use a white filling to fix the tooth. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed. Your tooth may also need a crown (also called a cap). KNOCKED OUT TOOTH If the knocked-out tooth is an adult (or permanent) tooth, we may be able to put it back. You must act quickly. If the tooth is put back in place within 10 minutes, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After 2 hours, the chances are poor. If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its place (its socket). If this is not possible, or if there’s a chance that the tooth might be swallowed, put it in a container of cold milk. Come to our office, or to the nearest dentist, right away. If you get help within ten minutes, there is a fair chance that the tooth will take root again. BADLY BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE If there is bleeding, press down on the part of the mouth that is bleeding. Use a clean cloth to do this. If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding does not stop, go to Emergency at a hospital right away. SOMETHING STUCK BETWEEN TEETH First, try using dental floss, very gently and carefully, to remove the object. Never poke between your teeth with a pin or similar sharp, pointy object; it can cut your gums or scratch the tooth surface. If you can’t get the object out, call us to schedule an appointment. LOST FILLING Put a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum in the spot where the filling was lost. This will protect the area for a short period of time. Call us to set up an appointment as soon as possible. Courtesy of the Canadian Dental Association

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We Are Excited To Let You Know That We Are Re-Open And Will Be Resuming Non-Essential And Elective Dental Treatment On June 8, 2020.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. We have been following the Directives from the Ministry of Health and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario very closely. Our office follows and often exceeds infection control standards set by our governing College and the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Branch of Public Health Ontario to ensure that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. Here are some specific changes that you will be seeing when it is time for your next appointment:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again just before your appointment and may have your temperature taken by a team member.
  • We will ask that you wear a mask when you arrive for your appointment. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided when you arrive.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Clear barrier partitions will also be present at the reception desk area.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for physical distancing between patients. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle until our clinical team is ready to start your scheduled appointment. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will also allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • Our team will be equipped with the enhanced personal protective equipment required for everyone’s safety.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you safe in our practice. We remain committed partners in your oral health and recognize that you may need dental care that has been delayed because of the province-wide shutdown. To make an appointment, please email us at info@dentalworksoakville.com or call us at (905) 842-5051.

We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rafia Piracha and your Team at Dental Works on Cornwall