F.A.Q & Instructions
Post Operative Instructions After An Extraction:
- Bite firmly onto a rolled gauze swab to apply pressure to the socket for 30 minutes. Then change the gauze and bite firmly again for another 30 minutes. This will act as a pressure bandage to stop the bleeding. A small amount of blood on the gauze and mixed with your saliva is normal. If the wound should start to bleed again, apply a new piece of gauze to the socket and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.
- Apply a cold compress externally as this will help to reduce swelling.
- Avoid rinsing the area for 24 hrs as this may disturb the blood clot and cause a painful "dry socket"
- After 24hrs, start gently rinsing the area with 1 tsp of salt in warm water, times a day.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol for 24 hrs as these may also cause a "dry socket"
- The anaesthetic will last 2-3 hrs so be careful not to bite your lip/cheek/tongue. For this reason avoid eating/drinking until the numbness has worn off.
- Strenuous exercise is best avoided for the rest of the day. Rest for a few hours.
- You may want to take painkillers as the anaesthetic starts to wear off. Avoid asprin as this promotes bleeding.
- If there is excessive pain/bleeding, please contact us immediately on 9871-1110.
Post Operative Instructions After an Implant:
- The area will be numb for 3-6 hours. During this time do take care not to bite or chew your lip, tounge or cheek.
- Mild slow bleeding or oozing is normal, controllable with light pressure to the surgical site.
- Swelling and slight bruising is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or plastic bag/towel filled with ice to the area for the first 24 hrs.
- You may feel tightness, discomfort and a little pain all of which are controllable by taking tablets for pain relief and according to instructions. If pain persists please contact us on 9871-1110
Instructions on Implant Care:
Congratulations on reaching the maintaince phase of your dental implant treatment. The implant has been healing in your mouth for the past 6-8 months. During that time the bone has grown up to the implant in a non structured way so as to moderately fix the implant into your jaw.
Now that the implant has a crown/bridge attatched to it, the bone will now, over the next few months, resorbe and remodel according to lines of stress as you use this implant tooth.
For this reason instructions on implant care is as follows:
Do not bite or chew hard things on this impant crown/implant. Soft food like fish and eggs are o.k.
If prolonged heavy chewing takes place then the implant has a greater chance of failing due to overloading.
It takes about 3 months for bone remodeling to take place so as to withstand normal biting loads.