Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tooth extraction painful?

During a tooth extraction at our Ottawa office, you’ll be sedated and won’t feel a thing. IV sedation allows you to feel sleepy while still remaining conscious. Most patients report feeling calm and euphoric and usually don’t recall the procedure later.

After the sedation wears off, you may feel some discomfort. In addition to following any care instructions, we suggest using a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to help with pain and swelling.

Can I treat gum disease at home?

If caught early on, gum disease can be treated with a professional cleaning. A more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis requires scaling and root planing. Scaling will remove the plaque and tartar, while root planing smooths the exposed roots’ surfaces. 

There are a few symptoms that indicate you may have gum disease. They include:

-Swollen gums

-Bleeding gums

-Toothaches

-Receding gums

-Pain while brushing, flossing, or eating

-Consistent bad breath

Following your professional cleaning, you’ll want to be sure to follow a regular oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals will help keep your teeth and gums in the best of health.

What do the early stages of oral cancer look like?

The early stages of oral cancer are usually painless and resemble a canker sore or ulcer. Abnormal cell growth appears in flat patches that are typically gray, yellow, or white in color, and the edges are red. 

At your biannual visits to our office, one of our dentists will perform an examination for oral cancer and ensure your dental health is on track. If caught early enough in the disease’s progression, oral cancer can be treated. If it’s left untreated, it can be fatal.

Is root canal therapy painful?

You’ll likely be sedated for the treatment and won’t feel a thing, though you may experience some discomfort for the first few days following the procedure. Any discomfort will be mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications,  or a cold compress. You can also reduce the risk of feeling pain by following a few simple steps:

-Take any medications as prescribed

-Chew away from the treated area

-Avoid eating until the initial anesthetic has worn off to avoid biting your tongue or cheek

-Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush

If the pain persists for longer than a few days, it’s important that you contact our office by calling (613) 406-6464. Continued pain may indicate a problem with the procedure that should be dealt with immediately.

How long do dental sealants last?

With proper care, dental sealants can last ten years. During your biannual visits at our Ottawa office, we can check to ensure your dental sealants are intact and haven’t worn away.

If dental sealants are chipped or cracked, they made need to be reapplied or replaced with a different treatment.

If sealants are cracked or wear off, your teeth may be more prone to cavities. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular visits to our office so we can check your oral health and ensure your sealants are in good shape.