Here at Meridian Street Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer many exceptional dental solutions to help our patients restore their self-confidence, smile ascetics, and oral health. We also believe that it is important for our patients should know what happens after their dental implants procedure so that they can better prepare themselves for long-term success. This blog is a compilation of questions and answers intended to help our patients understand what will happen after they leave our office. If after reading this list, you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call for more information.
1) Will there be swelling and bleeding after my dental implants are placed?
Swelling is a common side effect after oral surgery and usually continues for 2 to 3 days after. You can help reduce this side effect by placing ice packs on the surgery site every 20 minutes. If swelling does not stop five days after your surgery, this may be a sign that you have an infection.
Moderate bleeding is also normal after oral surgery. To control bleeding, bite down on a gauze pack for several minutes. Also, be sure to sit upright and avoid strenuous physical activity to control bleeding. Call our office right away for further direction if you notice excessive or prolonged swelling and bleeding.
2) How soon can I eat after my surgery?
Patients will need to avoid chewing or biting until sensation returns to the tongue and mouth area. Soft room temperature foods can be consumed as soon as the feeling returns. However, patients will also need to chew away from the implant site, avoid hard foods, and use caution for approximately 6 weeks after implant surgery.
3) Should I drink with a straw after my implants are placed?
Patients should NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW, RINSE, OR SPIT after their oral surgery. These actions could cause dangerous suction and excessive bleeding. If you have bleeding or excess saliva collecting in your mouth, lean over and let the excess fluid drip into the sink.
4) Will I be in a lot of pain?
Pain levels usually vary from patient to patient. However, most of our patients say that they experience mild discomfort after dental implant surgery. Anesthesia is typically administered during the surgery and over-the-counter pain medication can be used after as needed. Be sure not to take over the counter medications with prescribed medication unless Dr. Bennett advises you to do so.
5) Will I be nauseous?
Sometimes our patients experience problems like nausea and/or vomiting after the anesthesia starts to wear off or when they swallow blood. These kinds of side effects are common reactions, and should be carefully monitored. If nausea is a problems, try eating saltine crackers or sipping ginger ale. If nausea continues longer than a couple of days, stop taking any medications and call our office immediately.
6) Will there be lots of bruising?
Bruising and discoloration around the jaw are also normal parts of oral surgery. These should last for about 2-3 days after your surgery. Ice can help reduce bruising and should be applied regularly to minimize discoloration.
7) Will antibiotics be prescribed?
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to prevent infection after surgery. If you have been given antibiotics, take them only as directed by your doctor. Discontinue antibiotic use if an adverse reaction occurs and call our office right away.
8) Do I need to limit activity after my implant surgery?
After oral surgery, patients should avoid bending, lifting, or strenuous activity for 3-4 days. These activities can increase bleeding, swelling, or other serious problems.
9) What are the chances of complications after oral surgery?
The answer to this is perhaps. Even with great care and proper aftercare, a small number of patients experience an increase in temperature after oral surgery. However, if temperature increases for more than 24 hours, you will need to call our office for further direction. Some patients also experience infection. However, these problems can usually be controlled with prompt medical attention and good follow-up care.
10) Are there any other side effects?
Normal side effects after oral surgery are difficulty opening your mouth, dry lips, sore throat, pain when swallowing, and stiffness of the jaw muscles. If these symptoms continue longer than a few days, please call our office for instructions on what to do next.
The skilled staff at Meridian Street Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has many years of experience in fixing smiles with wonderful tooth replacement treatments like dental implants. If you would you like to learn more about trying out this amazing product or payment options, please check out the rest of our website or call one of our friendly staff members for further details. If you live in or around the Indianapolis, IN area, call us today for your dental implants consultation.
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Dr. Michael Bennett
Fishers Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
9126 Technology Lane, Suite #300
Fishers, IN 46038