It is important to us that our patients are informed during every step of their treatment so that they are prepared and have the chance to ask questions. The following information is a starting point for researching your procedure and should help you develop a list of questions to ask during your consultation.
Post Operative Instructions
AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
After dental implant surgery, we recommend that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting promotes the healing process and limits post- surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. For the first two days after surgery, it is common to experience slight bleeding and feel uncomfortable, but that should start to improve by the third day. Do not be alarmed if for your body temperature to increase 1-2 degrees — that is normal. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly where the bone graft is.
AFTER IMPACTED TOOTH
A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch and growth becomes impossible. After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, you can expect some mild discomfort and swelling. Do not be alarmed. It’s all part of the process. You may use cold compresses to alleviate swelling. In addition, Dr. Bustamante will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and adjust their diet for a few days to allow for healing.
AFTER WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site and should not be removed for at least 45 minutes. You should discard it after that. Do not drink from a straw or rinse your mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Limit your activities for the rest of the day. You can resume regular activities the following day. Take pain medication as prescribed to reduce discomfort once the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, you should refrain from spitting, using mouthwash, swishing forcefully, or drinking from a straw, as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures. It is also highly recommended not to smoke for at least three days following surgery to prevent a painful dry socket.
MULTIPLE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and smoothed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple-tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which can be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. Your mouth may also become dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery. All of these things are normal. In most cases, you will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Bustamante within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post-surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.
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