Congratulations! You’ve made a healthy and positive investment in your smile, and overall, long-term oral health. Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth, giving back chewing function and maintaining placement and protection of surrounding teeth from shifting. Having an implant is like getting your tooth back!
Now that you have gone through surgery, here are a few simple things to keep in mind
- As with all anesthetic, be careful about eating or drinking until you get sensation back. We don’t want you to bite yourself or burn tissue from having something too hot.
- Be careful, and try to avoid chewing on that side/area entirely until the final, finished implant restoration is placed.
- Rinse with warm saltwater for 7 days following surgery, both morning and evening. Take 1 cup warm water and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. The water should be just warm enough to dissolve the salt. Swish for 30 seconds, spit out, and repeat. Do not eat, drink or rinse for 10 minutes afterwards to let the salt water soothe the gum tissue.
- Often times, stitches or sutures are placed at the site and an appointment one week after surgery is needed to remove them. This is a short appointment and does not require any anesthetic for suture removal.
If at any time you are having pain or discomfort or notice swelling, please call our office right away.
In most cases, a temporary “tooth/teeth” will be fabricated to wear during the time of healing. These are referred to as a “temporary partial” or “flipper”. These act as a short-term replacement to fill in the missing tooth and act inan esthetic function.
The finished or final implant crown(s) will be placed after the Doctor has determined that the site is healed and ready for the permanent restoration. If you are replacing a tooth on the lower arch, this usually is about 3 months. For the upper arch, the healing time is usually 4 months.
Please don’t hesitate to call us anytime with questions or concerns. We are only a phone call away! 714-557-0882