Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

To boost your oral health, you might need minor surgical procedures involving teeth, jaw, and the gums. At first glance, the idea of getting oral surgery for healthy teeth seems uncomfortable. However, it might be the only option left when a tooth has suffered irreversible damage. The vast majority of people will require one, two, or even more teeth extracted at some point in their lives.

This could be due to dental neglect, trauma, decay, impacted wisdom teeth, or more. Seeking oral surgery in Burnaby doesn’t have to evoke fear. It helps, of course, to learn what to expect during oral surgery and the necessary steps to be taken before the dental procedure is carried out. This is only possible if you consult with a trained orthodontists in Burnaby.

At Simply Wellness Dental, you can enjoy qualified dentists in-depth expertise in providing a complete smile makeover without causing any long-term side effects.

When Do I Need Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery may become necessary for a broad range of reasons. The most commonly cited reasons include missing teeth, severe dental decay, or teeth that have fractured or broken. Other reasons for oral surgery may have to do with diseases such as gum disease or cosmetic and aesthetic concerns such as the removal of teeth in preparation for dentures, dental implants, or orthodontics.

Who Will Perform My Oral Surgery in Burnaby?

Simple oral surgeries can be carried out by general dentists. However, more complicated oral surgeries involving dental extraction may require extra skills and care. It is best to seek the expertise of specialists like qualified dentists who will take every step to ensure your safety and comfort.

How Is Oral Surgery Carried Out?

The very first step in an oral surgery is to have a dental exam, and this often involves a thorough patient evaluation using X-Rays. Your orthodontist will look to identify the sources of your dental concerns and plan the best solution for it. Your specific case may require dental extraction or dental implants to take care of your dental concerns.

After Oral Surgery

After your oral surgery in Burnaby, you may be wondering what you can do to help ease and speed up the recovery process. qualified dentists, and the rest of the staff will provide tips and instructions for oral surgery aftercare, but here are some other ideas to help you better prepare for a healthy recovery.

Be Sure to Rest

This is one of the most important tips for any sort of recovery. Take things easy and let your body rest. Even when you are talking about oral surgery, getting up and doing a lot of activity will slow your body’s natural healing process. Spend some time with a book or just relaxing, and let your body do what it has to.

Rinse and Clean

Immediately after oral surgery, avoid rinsing your mouth out. After about 24 hours, you can begin using a warm water and salt solution four times a day. Mix approximately 4 ml of salt in a tall glass of warm water as the rinse solution. After you eat or drink anything, always rinse out your mouth with warm water.

Take Prescribed Medications

In some cases, you may be prescribed certain post-surgical medications. Commonly, these are pain relief and antibiotics, but they would depend on your specific situation. Be sure to use all medication prescribed exactly as instructed for the entire duration. Cutting corners or skipping doses can lead to a longer and more painful recovery.

Soft Food Only

Your mouth is likely going to be tender and sore for a few days after surgery. If you are not experiencing a lot of pain, it is still a good idea to not irritate your surgery site. Choose a diet that consists mainly of liquids and soft foods for your oral surgery aftercare meals and snacks. Things such as mashed potatoes and soups work well during this time.

If you feel you may need to schedule an oral surgery in Burnaby, contact us to schedule an appointment and speak to one of our helpful team members.

Oral Surgery

Alliston Orthodontics & Oral Surgery is pleased to offer limited Oral Surgery services with Dr. John McIntosh. Dr. McIntosh is certified specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He offers a wide variety of services under local or general anaesthesia (being asleep). To learn more about Dr. McIntosh, click here

Services we offer include among others:
• Wisdom teeth removal
• Implants
• Bone grafting
• Tooth removal
• Oral pathology biopsy
• Orthodontic management of impacted teeth

To inquire about treatment, please contact our office by telephone at 705 435 1315.

Financal Information

For your convenience, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit and cash payments. We deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients, therefore payment is due at the time service is provided. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at 705 435 1315. Many times, a simple telephone call will clear any misunderstandings.

Please remember that you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage.

Payment is due on the date of service. The office does not accept assignment from insurance companies; however we are able to bill your insurance company on your behalf. Your insurance company will reimburse you directly according to your policy.

Surgical Instructions

Instructions Before Sedation

  • Do not drink or eat anything for at least 8 (eight) hours prior to your appointment
  • Do not wear excessive makeup like nail polish and lipstick
  • Wear loose clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures should be removed
  • If you are sick (i.e. cold, flu, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset), please notify the office
  • If you take routine oral medications, please notify the office prior to your surgical date for instructions
  • Please do not smoke at least 12 hours before surgery and discontinue smoking for 7 days after surgery
  • Please discontinue any recreational drugs 24 hours before surgery
  • You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anaesthesia.
  • Please have a family member or friend accompany you to the office and to take you home. They should supervise you until you are alert and oriented.

Home Care Instructions

  • Minor bleeding/oozing may continue for 1 – 2 days
  • Place gauze pack over the surgical area and bite for ~ 30 min. (don’t leave in while eating or sleeping)
  • Repeat gauze every ~ 30 min. until the bleeding slows down (don’t leave in while eating or sleeping)
  • Avoid spitting or talking too much for the first day
  • Avoid sucking actions for 7 days (smoking, straw use)
  • For excessive bleeding, try a moist tea bag over the surgical area
  • Pain:
  • The first 24 – 48 hours will usually be the most painful
  • For minor pain, use over-the-counter pain medication (i.e. Advil, Motrin, Tylenol)
  • For more serious pain, use the prescribed pain medication as directed


  • Swelling is common for 1 – 7 days
  • If bruising develops, it should resolve in 7 – 14 days
  • Place an ice pack on the cheek area for 30 minutes and alternate sides for 24 hours
  • After 24 hours, use warm moist heat for comfort
  • Sleep with your head elevated with two pillows


  • Remove the gauze pack when eating or drinking
  • After the bleeding slows down and the freezing starts to wear off, start with cool clear liquids
  • Avoid hot liquids/foods for 24 hours
  • Gradually increase your diet to soft foods
  • If you are nauseated and a carbonated beverage does not improve it, try some over-the-counter Gravol

Other Instructions:

  • After sedation, you must have supervision for 24 hours
  • NO ALCOHOL FOR MINIMUM 18 (eighteen) hours after surgery
  • After sedation, do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours
  • Brush teeth carefully, avoiding the surgical area
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after each meal
  • Stitches will dissolve gradually in 5 – 7 days
  • If hives or an itch develops on your skin, stop the prescribed medication and contact the on-call surgeon
  • If your recovery is not improving after 5 – 7 days, please call the office