WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING PLACEMENT OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
If you are experiencing any problems during your postoperative healing, please call the office during office hours to speak with one of our nurses. If you are experiencing an urgent problem after office hours, call the office and you will be connected, via our after-hours service, with our on-call doctor who will address your concerns.
COVER SCREW OR HEALING ABUTMENT
- As part of the placement procedure, the implant is sealed and covered with a cover screw or healing abutment that may, occasionally, loosen or even fall out.
- If this occurs, contact our office as soon as possible to have this tightened or replaced.
DENTURE OR PARTIAL DENTURES
- Follow the instructions given to you by your CVOS oral surgeon regarding wearing your denture or partial denture.
- You may have to see your family dentist after your surgery to adjust or realign the denture for a proper fit.
- Following your bone graft, you may notice small granules in your mouth for 1 or 2 days following your surgery. This is normal.
- It is important not to disturb the wound, touch it, or pull on the lip to look at your sutures as this can damage the site and delay your healing.
- Avoid forceful rinsing or spitting for 24 hours following surgery to allow the blood clot and graft material to stabilize.
- Following your surgery, you may begin gently rinsing with Chlorhexidine, following the instructions on the bottle.
SINUS GRAFTING and SINUS PRECAUTIONS
If your surgery involved your sinuses:
- Do not blow your nose unless advised by your oral surgeon
- If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open to avoid unnecessary pressure
- It is not uncommon to have a nosebleed postoperatively
- You may also use moistened Tea Bags.
A small amount of bleeding after surgery is normal within first two days. If bleeding continues or is excessive:
- 1. Place a 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick pad of moistened gauze over the surgery/bleeding site as needed
- 2. Firmly bite down on the gauze for 30 minutes
- 3. Repeat the first two steps, as needed, with fresh gauze, using finger pressure to hold the gauze if you cannot firmly bite on it;
- 4. You may also use moistened Tea Bags.
Swelling is a normal result from any type of surgery and may take up to three days to reach its maximum, after which it should start to decrease. To minimize swelling:
- Elevate your head on pillows for the first few days to help minimize swelling
- For the first 3 days following your surgery, consistently apply a cold pack to your jaw for 15 minutes at a time (remove for 15 minutes before re-applying) to help decrease swelling.
- After day 3, you may apply heat to the sides of the face, massage the cheek area gently, and exercise the jaw by opening and closing the mouth, two to three times a day.
Proper nutrition plays a role in your recovery.
- Upon arriving at home following your surgery, immediately begin drinking clear fluids at room temperature (e.g. apple juice or broth). Increase your fluid intake for several days after surgery
- If tolerated, soft foods such as fresh pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, etc., may be eaten
- No alcohol should be consumed for 24 hours following your surgery as this can promote more bleeding
- Do not use a straw to drink during the first week following surgery as this can delay healing
To prevent post-operative infections, it is important to keep your mouth as clean as possible:
- After your surgery, do not rinse the mouth, clean your teeth, spit, or swish fluids in the mouth
- Do not smoke the day of surgery and avoid smoking for at least 24 hours or more following surgery, as this will affect healing.
- 24 hours following surgery: begin rinsing the mouth with warm saltwater and clean teeth with your new toothbrush enclosed in the post-op kit and throw out your old toothbrush
- Rinsing and cleaning should be done in the morning, after eating and before bed
Immediately following your surgery, there are some restrictions to adhere to:
- Do not drive for 24 hours after your surgery
- No exercise, strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 24-48 hours after surgery.
- Increase activity as tolerated post operatively.
- Take all medications as prescribed by the surgeon as directed.
- Important: If antibiotics have been given during or after your surgery, birth control pills may not be effective and should not be trusted for effectiveness. Stay on the birth control pills, but other methods of birth control should be used for this and the next entire cycle.
- All patients receiving sedation must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- It is normal to feel drowsy for several hours after your sedation, so it is suggested that you plan to stay home and relax until this feeling passes.
- Do not drive a vehicle, operate hazardous machinery, or consume alcohol/sedative for a minimum of 24 hours or longer if drowsiness or dizziness continues.
How To Schedule An Appointment
To receive your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons, please contact your family dentist and ask to be referred.