If a submergible implant was placed in your mouth, the implant is located under the tissue and usually cannot be seen. This type of implant has been selected for your particular situation because of the bone available to place an implant. The implant usually will remain submerged for a period of four to six months depending upon your body’s healing properties and the type of implant.
If intravenous medication has been given, you cannot drive a car for the remainder of the day. It is advised that you have someone remain with you until your sedated condition wears off.
One to two weeks after surgery the sutures will be removed, and you will be examined by the doctor.
Usually you are able to continue wearing your present partial or flipper. Sometimes it is necessary to leave it in the night of surgery. It is important to keep the appliance as clean as possible during the healing period. Your referring dentist can make a temporary tooth replacement for you if it is necessary. If braces are being worn, your orthodontist can place a tooth for cosmetic purposes.
Every consideration must be given to keep the surgical site clean and free of food particles. The following are instructions for your mouth care after surgery.
No smoking! Smoking is to be avoided for the time specified by Dr. Matia since it increases the heat in the surgical area and significantly lowers the body’s ability to heal the site.
Avoid alcohol, commercial mouth rinses and very hot fluids and foods for 24 hours after your surgery. Room temperature to cold is adequate. Anything that is cooked must be allowed to cool down.
Gentle rinsing of the mouth should be started the day after surgery. Frequent gentle rinsing with Peridex will aid the healing process and maintain cleanliness. Avoid use of a water pik.
Ultra-Soft Brush: Please begin using the red brush 24 hours after your surgery to cleanse and stimulate the tissue. It will not harm the sutures. Dip the brush into the Peridex rinse and brush directly on the surgical site. Sutures should be brushed at least twice daily.
IV sedated patients have received an appropriate antibiotic through their IV line. You have been given a follow-up antibiotic table(s) to be taken at a specific time. Please follow the direction on the envelope.
Patients who have not had IV sedation should follow the direction on the prescription given to them prior to surgery.
If an appropriate antibiotic has been prescribed for you today, it is very important that the prescription is filled and taken as directed. PLEASE TAKE THE TABLETS/CAPSULES UNTIL ALL ARE USED. Should you develop hives, itching, skin rash or difficulty breathing, stop the medication and call the doctor immediately, or proceed to your nearest hospital emergency room.
Pain: A certain amount of pain must be expected with all types of surgery. An appropriate pain medication has been prescribed for you. Please take it according to the instructions. It is advised that you do not drive while taking the pain prescription. However, if only Motrin is needed, most people are able to drive without any problem.
Swelling: Some swelling and possible, minimal bruising is to be expected and is not unusual. In most instances, swelling can be prevented or controlled. Apply the ice pak that has been given to you for a period of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the day for the next two days. The application of ice to the outside of the face over the surgical area will minimize swelling. If after three days you still have inordinate swelling or pain, please call the office.
Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding following surgery should not alarm you. If the bleeding is excessive or continuous, please call us at once. Vigorous rinsing of the mouth prolongs bleeding by removing the clotting blood, so when rinsing your mouth, do it gently.
DO NOT spit, gargle or suck on a straw for 24 hours following your surgery. This tends to loosen the sutures/blood clots.
Diet: Following surgery, it is best to restrict your diet to fluids or soft foods for the first day. A normal diet may then be resumed the following day, but you will want to avoid chewing on the implant site until the tissue is completely healed. Soft food such as Jell-O, pudding, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, ice cream, milkshakes and soups are suggested. If you have difficulty chewing, try blenderizing foods or diet supplements such as Carnation Instant Breakfast, Slim Fast and Ensure.
Questions: If you have any questions, please call one of the following numbers: Wooster Office (330) 264-5851 Medina Office (330) 725-6151 Dr. Matia cell (216) 570-8827