Post operative informations
After placing a dental implant
Following a dental implant procedure, the patient has to take care of the area surrounding the new implant. During the first month, the dental implant is not permanently integrated into the bone and tissue, patient care routine should be slightly more complete during this initial period. Primarily, it is important not to touch the wound in the first days following the surgery. The patient should avoid touching or rinse the mouth and spit for twenty-four hours after the procedure to avoid contaminating or irrigate the surgical site. It is important to follow the following care tips after dental implant surgery.
Antibiotics: The patient should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent surgical site infection. Twenty-four hours after surgery, the patient should start using mouthwash prescribed twice a day and rinse your mouth with warm salt water four to five times a day (ideally after each food consumption) .
Bleeding: It is normal that the patient finds blood in his saliva during the first twenty-four hours of the procedure. We recommend maintaining continuous pressure on the bite wound in a gauze pad and repeat as necessary.
Reduce pain: The effects of the anesthesia wear off shortly after the dental implant surgery. It is best to take drugs against pain before it occurs. Any drug without prescription against pain can be consumed (Tylenol®, Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc.).
Food: We recommend an initial diet of soft food, but the patient can resume a normal diet as soon as he feels able. It is also very important to stay hydrated.
Hygiene: So that the dental implant heals properly, the operating site must be thoroughly cleaned. The patient can brush your teeth as usual, but avoiding the stitches and the implant. Antibiotics and mouth washes with salt water will take care to disinfect the implant.
Swelling: It is expected that the patient has a swelling following a dental implant surgery. To minimize swelling, the patient may try to keep his head elevated and reduce its activities as much as possible. An ice pack can also be applied during the first forty-eight hours.
Wearing a prosthesis or a mouth guard: Partial or dentures, dentures, retainers and mouth guards are not to be worn during the ten days following the procedure. In special circumstances, our professionals will be happy to discuss this with the patient.
smoking: It can increase the risk of infection following a dental implant surgery and may affect the full integration of a dental implant. We recommend that the patient not to smoke for a minimum of two weeks following the surgery.
Although the case of each patient is unique, the healing period following the placement of a dental implant has some general points. Now that the patient has a new dental implant, its main objective should be to maintain good oral hygiene. The implant must be carefully kept clean to ensure adequate fusion with the jawbone. A well-maintained dental implant can last a lifetime. Maintaining proper hygiene will also allow the gradual reduction of discomfort felt in the patient's mouth. If pain persists, the patient may continue their medications against pain-counter without a problem. The healing time depends on whether the patient receives a wreath laying immediately or only after the fusion of the implant with the jawbone. Treatment and follow-up will be planned individually.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
After extraction of a tooth
Several situations may justify a tooth extraction. Some patients suffer from tooth decay, others must be removed teeth impairing their orthodontic treatment, and many simply need their wisdom teeth are extracted. Although the extraction of a tooth can be a major dental procedure, post-operative care is as important as the intervention itself. The patient should know that the pain and risk of infection can be reduced through proper care.
Immediate care after surgery
Keep pressure on the gauze pad up by the dentist on the surgical site by gently biting into it.
Moisten the pad with water if it dries.
Try to maintain a regular pressure intervals of 45 to 60 minutes, repeat as often as necessary, or until the bleeding decreases.
Change the buffer needed.
Keep your head elevated and try to decrease your activities as much as possible.
Forty-eight hours after the operation, start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water every hour or every two hours. Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol because it can irritate the wound.
Clean your mouth by brushing around the surgical site, but be sure to avoid stitches. Avoid touching the wound in any way whatsoever.
Apply an ice pack on your face at the extraction area to control swelling.
Take all prescribed medications. If you experience itching or significant swelling, contact our office or go to the emergency.
It is best to eat soft foods and high protein content.
Stay hydrated, but do not drink with a straw for five to seven days after surgery.
Avoid smoking for three to four days after surgery as this may cause infection.
Following tooth extraction, recovery may take some time. The stitches should dissolve or fall from three to fourteen days after the operation. If nonabsorbable sutures, your dentist will schedule an appointment to remove them. The cavity will be filled gradually bone over time and overlap of adjacent tissues.
Possibility of complications following a tooth extraction
Bleeding: It is normal that the patient finds blood in his saliva during the first thirty-six hours after surgery. If bleeding is significant, bite into a gauze pad to apply pressure to the cavity. A wet tea bag can replace a gauze pad as tannic acid helps narrow the blood vessels. Squeeze for a thirty minute biting in the buffer or the tea bag. Be aware that strong emotions, sitting and exercise can increase blood circulation in the head, which could amplify the bleeding from the cavity. If bleeding does not diminish after forty-eight hours call us.
Fragments of teeth in the soft tissues: In some cases, small fragments of teeth resist extraction. During the healing period, these fragments naturally embedded in the gums. This event can be slightly painful as the fragments are not removed. If you feel these fragments pierce the surgical site, call us.
dry cavity: In the days following a tooth extraction, the pain fades gradually. Rarely it happens that a patient feels throbbing pain amount to the ear. This usually betrays a case of dry cavity. The dry cavity occurs when a clot becomes irritated and then expelled before the healing is complete. Food can then be introduced into the cavity and cause irritation. Consumers tobacco and oral contraceptives have a higher risk of dry cavity. The latter is not an infection but still requires a clinic visit. If you think you suffer from dry cavity contact us immediately.
Dizziness: Since you have fasted before surgery, your level of blood sugar could be lower than normal. Do not forget to get up slowly from a sitting or lying position, and this until your body has fully recovered its sugar level. For quick relief, try to eat something soft and sweet, stay in the relaxation position and reduce the elevation of your head.
Numbness: Many patients still feel numb for several hours after the tooth extraction procedure. It is normal to experience a loss of sensation around the mouth up to ten to twelve hour after the operation.
Swelling: Swelling should fade almost completely within ten days after surgery. Immediately after extraction, place an ice pack on your face at the surgical site. Use the block fifteen minute intervals during the first thirty-six hours. After this period, the ice no longer contribute to the reduction of swelling, and it will instead apply a warm damp towel on the face.
Trismus (difficulty opening and closing the mouth): If you have a sensitive jaw or are having difficulty chewing or swallowing, do not worry. Sometimes the muscles and joints of the jaw remain sensitive for several days after surgery. This pain can make the action to open and close the mouth difficult, but it will fade itself.
If you have any concerns or experience any complications that were not mentioned above, please contact us immediately so we can give you help.