During your first surgery I, as the surgical specialist, place the implants in your jawbone. Much of the success of the entire implant process depends on how tightly your jawbone grows around the implants (osseointegration). You can help the implants "take hold" by avoiding pressure on your jaw and by keeping your gums and teeth especially clean over the next three to six months.
- Preparing for Surgery
- During Surgery
- After Surgery
- Follow-up Care
Preparing for Surgery
Dental implant surgery is performed in our main office where we have the neccessary specialized facility, equipment and staff. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home. Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you may be told not to eat or drink for several hours before your appointment. Before surgery, you may be asked to take oral antibiotics, brush your teeth, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to help prevent infection.
After surgery, you'll probably rest awhile, bite on guaze to stop any minor bleeding, and hold a cold pack to your face to reduce swelling. You can go home as soon as you feel able. At home, follow our instructions about taking pain medications and antibiotics. Drink only clear liquids for the rest of the day. By the next morning, you may be able to eat soft foods.
Caring for Your Mouth
Use a soft-bristled brush to clean both you teeth and gums. Be sure to follow any special intructions on cleaning near your incisions. To aid healing, you may be asked not to wear your complete or partial denture for the next several days.
When to Call Your Surgeon
Call my emergency cell number if you experience any of the following:
- Extreme swelling near your jaws or under your tongue
- Fever or ongoing bleeding
- Pain in your jaws, mouth, or sinuses that isn't relieved by your prescribed medication