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Dental Surgery - Dentistry at St George
Dental Surgery 

The following contains important information regarding before and aftercare instructions for your oral surgery. Please read through this before your appointment.

Surgery with Local Anesthesia 

This is for patients getting local freezing by injection to numb the extraction site. 


  • Please have a light meal roughly 2 hours before your surgery. We do not want you to be hungry during the visit, but we also want your blood sugar levels to be normal.

  • Escorts are not mandatory but you can bring someone if you choose to. It is always nice to have a companion for moral support. Please note they are welcome in the reception area during your surgery as your Dentist needs to focus all of his or her energy on your care!

  • Your dentist may provide a prescription for the appropriate medications at the time of the visit. Some of these medications are restricted narcotics and will require you to bring a government issued I.D. Health Card, Drivers License, Passport or Photo ID (not a student card).

  • To prepare for recovery, stock up on soft foods (no seeds or nuts they can irritate the extraction site and cause infection) and ice packs (wetting a few face towels and leave them in the freezer is the best). Medications will be prescribed on the day of surgery in most cases.

  • Wear loose fitting clothing for comfort.


Ladies, please note, being on your period is not a problem for they types of surgery we perform at this clinic. If you are taking addition medications, please alert your Dentist so they may modify any medication prescriptions.


Please call us at 416-792-0980 if you have any further questions.

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Surgery Aftercare Instructions

  1. Bleeding is normal for the first 24-48 hours. Applying direct pressure to the surgery site with a wet gauze to the site helps to manage heavy bleeding by biting on it firmly. Keeping it wet prevents it from sticking to your skin and sutures, inadvertently pulling them apart. Change the gauze once every 60 minutes. Once the bleeding slows and only small patches of blood are visible on the gauze, you can stop packing the site. A tea bag soaked in cold water also works well. If you are hungry before the bleeding slows, leave the gauze out of your mouth when eating and then repack when ready. Do not go to sleep with the gauze in your mouth.

  2. Fill in your medication prescription if one was given. Some medications will cause drowsiness. Freezing will wear off roughly 3-6 hours after surgery. Starting the pain medication before the freezing wears off will greatly improve pain control.

  3. Ice the area to reduce swelling and pain for the first 24-48 hours. Moisten a few face towels and place them in the freezer to create ice sheets, or use an ice pack or bag of frozen peas.

  4. Stick to a soft diet, like soup, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, etc. Avoid nuts and seeds since they can get trapped in the extraction site and cause infection.

  5. Avoid major physical activity or lifting anything heavy for 3-5 days, this may prolong bleeding.

  6. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or drinking through a straw for 7days. These can all cause your blood clot to dissolve prematurely, leaving you in extreme pain from having a condition called dry socket.

  7. Keep the surgical site clean, gently rinse with salt water rinses (or prescribed mouth rinse) after meals. If you were provided with a Monoject syringe, use as directed. You can still brush the adjacent teeth, using toothpaste is ok.

  8. If you received stitches, they will dissolve on their own within 4 days. Avoid bubble gum or sticky foods that can tug at the suture preemptively. Don't worry if they start to dissolve the same day, it is not necessary to replace them.

  9. Sleep with your head slightly more elevated than usual and apply an old towel to protect your pillow.

​Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions at all. 416-792-0980


Contact us today to book your examination and teeth cleaning appointment at 416-792-0980

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10am to 6:30pm

Friday: 10am to 5:30pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm (alternating)

Sunday: CLOSED

262 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1V8


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