Here at Emanuel Kontos DMD, we believe that our patients should understand what happens at every stage of the dental implants placement procedure so that they can better prepare themselves for success after their treatment. This blog post was created to help our patients understand what will happen after they leave our office and how they should deal with side effects.
Antibiotics will usually be prescribed to prevent infection after your surgery. Always take antibiotics as directed by your doctor. You may experience nausea with antibiotic use, so be sure to follow directions provided by your doctor. Symptoms usually subside after taking a few doses of the prescribed medication. Discontinue their use if an adverse reaction occurs and does not halt after a few days.
The level of pain after oral surgery usually varies from patient to patient based upon individual levels of pain tolerance. However, most patients experience mild discomfort after their oral surgery. To reduce pain, patients should take medication as prescribed, rest, and ice the area.
Swelling usually happens after surgery and can last for 2 to 3 days after surgery. Patients can reduce this side effect by applying ice packs to the jaw area every 20 minutes. Swelling that does not go away in 4-5 days may mean that you have an infection at your implant site.
Bleeding is also normal after oral surgery. If you notice excessive bleeding, place a gauze pack over the area and bite down. Be sure to sit upright as much as possible, get lots of rest, and avoid any strenuous physical activity.
Some patients can experience a small increase in temperature after oral surgery. This is a normal occurrence. However, if your temperature increases for more than 24 hours, you will need to call our office.
Other normal side effects are a sore throat, dry lips, pain when swallowing, difficulty opening your mouth, and stiffness of the jaw muscles following your oral surgery. If these symptoms continue longer than a few days, you will need to call us for instructions on what to do next.
Patients should avoid eating until all of the feeling in the tongue and mouth have returned. Soft, room temperature food can be consumed if patients are hungry. But patients should be sure to chew on the side of their mouth away from the surgical site and avoid hard foods until their doctor advises them it is okay to consume them.
Additionally, it is important that patients NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW, RINSE, OR SPIT after any kind of oral surgery. These actions could result in bleeding, excess saliva, and injury to delicate oral tissues. You should simply let the excess fluid drip into the sink, but not rinse or spit until the area is fully healed.
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