Questions about dental implant surgery in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
Has your general dentist referred you to Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN for dental implant surgery? Or maybe you made contact on your own. Either way, congratulations! This is an important step toward preserving your smile. Chances are, you have questions about the actual procedure. Here are answers to some of the most common concerns.
Important facts about dental implant surgery in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
Yes, a small soft tissue incision, with a healing cap extending beyond the gum line.
You may see some traces in saliva for the first 24 hours. Control bleeding immediately after the procedure by biting gently on a clean gauze pad. If substantial bleeding persists, please call our office.
Do not touch the surgical site. Maintain good oral hygiene, using the prescription oral rinse twice a day for a few days. Then, use warm salt water rinses several times daily. Brush teeth, but gently around the surgical site and healing cap. Take the full course of antibiotics prescribed.
Some swelling is normal. Minimize it by applying an ice pack to the cheek as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Start non-prescription pain medication as soon as local anesthesia begins to wear off. The doctor will talk with you about the type and dosage appropriate for your situation. Severe discomfort is unusual, but the doctor may prescribe a stronger medication if needed.
Drink plenty of liquids but avoid hot beverages. Stick to a soft diet the day of surgery, then return to normal eating as soon as you feel ready.
You may go back to work or school the next day. However, please avoid strenuous exercise for a few days, as it may encourage bleeding.
Full or partial dentures or "flippers" may be worn after ten days.
Do you have additional questions about dental implant surgery? Call (219) 307-4382 to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN.