Here at Reger Family Dental, we offer many exceptional solutions to help our patients with damaged teeth restore their self-confidence, oral health, and smile ascetics. But these solutions can only be effective with an understanding of what will happen at every stage of the dental implant placement process. Additionally, understanding what happens after your surgery can help you better prepare for success after your treatment. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Reger and his staff created this blog. It is our intent to provide answers to critical questions from our patients about what will happen after they leave our San Antonio offices.
Bleeding is a normal side effect after oral surgery. If you notice bleeding that continues longer than an hour or two, we suggest you place a gauze pack over the area and bite down firmly but gently. Be sure to sit upright as much as possible, avoid any strenuous physical activity, and use ice packs every twenty minutes to reduce bleeding. Prolonged or continuous bleeding should be reported to you doctor immediately.
Swelling is also common after oral surgery and usually lasts for 2 to 3 days. Patients can reduce swelling by applying ice packs to the implant area every 20 minutes. Swelling that does not reduce in 4-5 days could mean that you have an infection. Call our office right away for further direction if you notice excessive swelling or swelling after the first 3 days.
The level of pain usually varies from patient to patient. However, most patients experience mild discomfort after their oral surgery. To reduce pain, patients should take medication as prescribed. Over the counter medicines like advil or aleve can be used to control any residual pain. However, if pain or swelling gets worse after the third day, call our office for further direction.
These actions could result in saliva build-up, excess bleeding, or injury to delicate oral tissues. Patients should let the excess fluid drip into the sink, but do not rinse or spit.
Sometimes patients experience nausea and/or vomiting after oral surgery or when they swallow blood. Discomfort or a negative reaction to anesthesia are also common reasons for nausea. Patients should try to eat soda crackers or sip ginger ale to relieve nausea. If these problems continue longer than a few days, patients should call our office for further direction.
Antibiotics are typically prescribed after oral surgery to prevent or limit infection. Be sure to useyour antibiotics only as directed and if an adverse reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and call our office.
Use of tobacco products after oral surgery is not advised since it can inhibit proper healing and increase pain. For this reason, Reger Family Dental advises patients to discontinue tobacco use after dental implant surgery.
We advise patients to avoid eating until feeling has completely returned to the tongue and mouth. Soft, room temperature food can be consumed if patients are hungry. But patients should be sure to chew away from the surgical site and avoid hard foods until the area has healed.
Complications are side effects of oral surgery that are not a normal part of the recovery process. Some of these complications could be: an increase in temperature after oral surgery, dry lips, a sore throat, difficulty opening your mouth, pain when swallowing, and stiffness of the jaw muscles. If these symptoms continue longer than a day, please call us right away for further instructions.
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