After your surgery there will be a certain amount of swelling, pain and bleeding. This response is normal.
The following instructions are provided to make your postoperative recovery period as short and pleasant as possible.
You may notice that you cannot see any implants in your mouth as the gums cover the area. This is good. In many instances a healing cap was placed over the implant. This will look silver and will be emerging through the gums. Do not stretch your lip daily to inspect the area. This can cause wound breakdown.
If you have been given a temporary removable prosthesis this will function during the interim time while your implants integrate and heal. Swelling is expected. Do not remove the prosthesis frequently, except to clean. When inserted, the prosthesis should not touch the gums at the surgical site. An improperly placed prosthesis can cause ulceration of the wound edges and breakdown of the suture margins.
You may need to see your local dentist for adjustment to the prostheses and the ‘bite’. Gums shrink in time as they heal, so the temporary removable prostheses may no longer have a snug fit. If this occurs, you may need to visit the dentist to place a temporary lining.
We are happy to communicate on your behalf with your dentist to ensure a proper continuum of care.