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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at CSB. We are constantly adding most asked question to this page so if you have a question and don’t see your answer, don’t hesitate to email us at info@confidentsmile.com

1) Bite on a guaze pad firmly for 45 minutes after extraction
  • Reason: After tooth extraction,a firmly bitten guaze pad helps to form a blood clot to stop bleeding and begin healing process.
2) Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours after extraction
  • Reason: Rinsing mouth with water or spitting might dislodge the blood clot formed at the extraction site and bleeding or oozing might resume thus delaying the healing process.
3) Keep your fingers and tongue away from the socket or surgical area and do not brush the extraction site for 24 hours post extraction
  • Reason: Disturbing the extraction site might dislodge the blood clot formed and bleeding or oozing might resume thus delaying the healing process.
4) Use ice packs extraorally,20 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first 24 hours post extraction.Eat an ice cream immediately after removing guaze pack
  • Reason: Applying an ice pack and eating an ice cream after the procedure constricts the blood vessels in and around the socket and prevents them from carrying lot of fluid to surrounding tissues.So it acts as cold compress for your swelling.
5) Your diet should consist mainly of soft,easily swallowed,non spicy food and cool drinks.Avoid eating anything that might get stuck in your teeth eg.nuts,seeds
  • Reason: You would experience some discomfort in mouth opening and chewing food for 24-48 hours post extraction.Hence hard and chewy food should be avoided.
6) Drink plenty of fluids but do not use a straw
  • Reason: Using a straw creates suction in the mouth that could dislodge the blood clot and cause complications
7) Do not smoke for atleast 5 days after extraction or surgery
  • Reason: Cigarette smoking creates suction in the mouth that could dislodge the blood clot and cause complications.Cigarette smoke contains chemical toxins that can delay healing and prove dangerous to gum and mouth tissues causing inflammation and infection.
8) Avoid strenuous activity and do not exercise for atleast 3-4 days after surgical extraction
  • Reason: Your regular caloric and fluid intake have reduced so you may feel light headed,dizzy or weak.
9) After 24 hours,use warm salt water to rinse your mouth following meals for the first week
  • Reason: Warm salt water rinses will flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the extraction area and improve healing.
10) While sleeping,keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours.Avoid sleeping on that side of the face where the procedure has been performed
  • Reason: This practice would avoid flow of fluids and blood to the face and moreover to the area of extraction so swelling and bleeding can be avoided.
1) Root Canals Hurt
  • FACT-Most of the Root canal treatments are done under the effect of local anaesthesia. So, with modern technology, it is no more painful than just having a filling done. In fact, root canal treatment relieves your dental pain. At times when the pulp (blood vessels and nerve tissues) of the tooth is severely infected, root canal can be performed without local anaesthesia and mind you, it doesn’t pain at all!
2) Root Canal Treatment requires a lot of visits to the Dentist
  • FACT-Most root canals can be done and dusted in one or two office visits.
3) Root Canal involves removing the roots of the tooth
  • FACT-When the dentist performs root canal treatment, he or she removes the pulp from inside of the tooth. The roots are not removed. The tooth along with the roots remains intact in the mouth.
4) Even with a Root Canal done, the tooth will need extraction eventually
  • FACT-If the tooth is properly treated and restored and the patient maintains good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) with regular dental visits, the root canal treated tooth could last for the rest of his or her life.

5) If the tooth doesn't hurt, there is no need for Root Canal

  • FACT-A throbbing toothache usually needs root canal treatment. Many times, a tooth can require root canal treatment when there is no pain present. For e.g., tooth that has suffered from a hard blow in the past or a cracked tooth. In such situations, the pulp could be infected or damaged even in the absence of pain and root canal would be necessary to save the tooth.
6) Pulling the tooth is better than getting a Root Canal done
  • FACT-Keeping your natural tooth for as long as possible is very important for proper functioning of all teeth. Once a tooth is extracted, replacing the missing tooth is very important to maintain overall oral health. There are several options available for replacing missing teeth. However, these alternatives can be tedious and much more expensive than saving natural tooth with root canal treatment.
7) After getting Root Canal Treatment done, tooth is completely restored
  • FACT-After getting root canal treatment done in which the pulp of the tooth has been removed, a tooth can become very dry and brittle. So, it needs to be permanently restored with a crown to protect it from fracturing.
8) Pregnant women cant have Root Canal done
  • FACT-Having to get a root canal done might require a small x-ray but the radiation exposure is minimal and it is aimed at the mouth and not the abdomen area. Be sure to let your dentist know beforehand if you are pregnant. He/she will then use a lead apron to cover your belly to protect the foetus from even minimal radiation exposure.
  • Always use a soft bristled or an ultrasoft bristled (in case your teeth are sensitive) toothbrush for brushing your teeth.
  • Brush the outer surfaces of your teeth either in a circular motion or in vertical direction by placing the bristles at the junction of the gums and teeth at a 45-degree angle and then moving the head away from the gums.
  • Clean the chewing surfaces of back teeth with short flat strokes by placing the bristles at 90 degrees to the surfaces. Clean the inner surfaces of upper and lower front teeth with short vertical strokes by holding the brush vertically.
  • A pea sized amount of a fluoridated toothpaste is enough to brush all your teeth at a time.
  • Brush your tongue gently with bristles of your toothbrush followed by using a tongue cleaner.
  • The timespan for brushing teeth should not exceed more than 2 minutes.
  • Flossing your teeth is as important as brushing your teeth twice daily to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with water and shake it well to remove excess water. Store it upright in a cup or container in such a way that it doesn’t touch any other toothbrush. Store the container away from the wash basin to avoid splashing and minimum 3 feet away from the toilet bowl to avoid contamination. Do not cover the head of your toothbrush with a cap immediately after brushing and rinsing it.
  • Discard your toothbrush after 3 months of usage or once the bristles start fraying, whichever happens earlier.
  • Last but not the least, visit your dentist every 6 months for a check up to avoid dental emergencies.