David E. Congalton, DDS
Vergennes, Vermont
Call us today!
(802) 877-3534
Patient Information
Your initial visit with our office will generally include an examination
and diagnosis.  We will discuss treatment options and answer
questions you may have.  It is important that you bring with you, the
following items:
*X-rays from previous dentist if available.  This way we do not           
duplicate something you already have. (they can be e-mailed to      
info@drcongalton.com if they are in digital form.)
*Complete list of medications you are currently taking and any           
medical allergies you may have.  (do you have a pacemaker,           
latex allergy, special needs?)
*Do you require pre-medication prior to dental treatment?  You          
may need a prescription before hand.  We can prescribe it or          
your physician can also.  Please contact our office prior to                
your visit with any questions.
First Visit
Scheduling
Our office is open Tuesdays through Fridays 8 am to 5 pm.  We will schedule
your appointment as promptly as possible.  If you are in pain or having an
emergency every attempt will be made to see you right away.

We always try to stay on schedule but due to the complexity of some
treatments and emergencies extra time may be required.  We ask for your
patience and appreciate your understanding.

If you would like to schedule an appointment please contact us through this
web site
schedule now and some one will call you, or you can contact us
at (802) 877-3534.
Patient Billing
For your convenience we accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express.  
We also accept
Care Credit.  We offer  excellent dental care at a reasonable
cost for our patients therefore payment is expected at the time service is
rendered unless other arrangement have been made in advance.  If you have
any questions about your statement or bill please contact our office, often
times a simple phone call can clear up a misunderstanding.

Please remember you are responsible for all fees regardless of your
insurance coverage.  We always do our best to advise you but any amount
not covered must be paid in a timely fashion.
Insurance Information
We accept most private insurance.  In addition we work with you to
maximize your benefits whenever we can.  If you have any  please call our
office and we will be happy to help you get answers about your benefits
.
Infection Control
Infection controls and universal precautions are used for the protection of
both the patient and the staff.  You will see the staff use gloves, masks, and
eye protection during treatments.  

All instruments are sterilized by steam autoclave after every use.  Each
room  is cleaned thoroughly between each patient, and disposable
products are used whenever possible.
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Post Operative Instructions

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two appointments to complete. In the first visit,
the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or
bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being
made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth
may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the
numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at (802) 877-3534 if this
happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very
important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from
moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods,
and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush
normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the
temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each
appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few days after the placement of the
final restoration. In some cases it takes a few weeks to subside.  Mild pain
medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other
questions or concerns, please call our office at (802) 877-3534.

After Tooth Extraction
After tooth 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
30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place
another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do
this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it
aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or
brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or
dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the
next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding
from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling.
An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will
keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling
usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office at
(802) 877-3534.
if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed,
continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms
of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of
the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should
include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed
healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you
have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction
to the medication, call our office immediately at
(802) 877-3534.
.
After Composite Fillings (white fillings)
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for
several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until
the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue
or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your
appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or
aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the
tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity
to hot or cold increases, contact our office at
(802) 877-3534.
.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely
wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other
questions or concerns, please call our office at (802) 877-3534.