You must not engage in physical activity for the first 48 hours and until anesthesia has worn off. Only have cold drinks and do not eat solid foods for 3 days. Avoid hot drinks also and do not swill liquid over the implant area. Also do not rub the area with your tongue.
Swelling and bruising following after your treatment is normal – but should subside after 3 days. Swelling can be reduced by using ice packs wrapped in a towel. Place on the cheek for no more than 10 minutes then give 20 minute break. You can also sleep propped up on 2 -3 pillows. Lying down can cause
Pain should not be a big problem. Although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth, this can be easily managed with simple analgesics (pain killers). You should take these regularly at the maximum stated dose for the first 2 days after your surgery. Take whatever painkillers you normally take for headaches, aches and sprains (ibuprofen and paracetamol make a good combination), and take your first dose before the local anaesthetic has completely worn off.
If after a few days you experience increasing pain and swelling, you must return to Astoria Implants and Periodontics as soon as possible so that we can ensure you are not beginning to develop an infection.
If you have a denture that covers the surgical area please wear it as little as possible for the first week to protect the surgical site during its initial healing period. You should always leave the denture out at night.
The stitches are dissolvable but often remain for around 2-3 weeks, if they are uncomfortable or annoying, you may contact us to remove them.
Some minor bleeding after surgery in the mouth is normal. If this persists, apply pressure by biting firmly down over the area on a dampened gauze swab or clean handkerchief for 60 minutes whilst sitting upright. Do not keep checking or changing the gauze. You should contact us if bleeding persists for any reason after applying pressure in this way.
If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your surgery, please ensure that you complete the course.
You should also start cleaning your other teeth as normal with a toothbrush, starting on the evening of your surgery. Avoid brushing the surgical site for the first few days, but then begin to carefully clean this area with a toothbrush as well, once tenderness permits.
Just as with one missing tooth, several missing teeth can be easily treated with dental implants. Implant supported teeth are permanently fixed in the mouth, unlike removable appliances like dentures. They don’t slip or click, and there is no worry about them moving or falling out when speaking, eating, or participating in activities. And because dental implants are placed directly into the bone, they help preserve the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration. If the implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums must be in good health. If you don't have enough bone to place and support the dental implants, the supporting bone can be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure begins.
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