After the Surgery
After the procedure, you may rest for some time. But as soon as you feel able, you can go home. Please remember that some amount of swelling and minor bleeding is normal. To speed the recovery process, always follow your surgeon’s instructions, like:
- Make sure you only drink clear liquids for the rest of the day.
- Take the prescribed pain medications and antibiotics.
- Avoid placing pressure on the jaw.
- For the first few days, eat soft foods as your jaw begins to heal.
- Avoid putting on your temporary prosthesis or denture for some amount of time.
A lot of the recovery process is influenced by how clean your teeth and gums are. If you don’t take care of your mouth regularly, you can get an infection which will lead to failure of the implant to fuse with the bone. For satisfactory results:
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth and gums after every meal.
- Avoid brushing the incisions. Only brush areas near the incisions.
- Use the prescribed antiseptic rinse.
It will take several months for the jawbone to fuse with the implants. During this time, you will have multiple follow-up visits with your surgeon. This is to observe how well your jaw is healing.
Healing Abutments and Final Abutments
Based on your needs, two types of abutments may be used. Healing abutments (healing cuffs) help gum tissue heal around the implant site, see figure below (letter E). When the gum has healed, final abutments are placed so the prosthesis can be joined with the implant.
After Abutments are Placed
It normally requires 4 to 6 weeks for gums to heal around the abutments. During this time, follow your surgeon’s advice in regards to what types of food to eat and proper cleaning procedures.
Second Phase of the Procedure. See figure below, letters D to G.
- Exposing the implant - a small incision is created to expose the implant.
- Placing healing cuffs - a healing cuff or abutment is temporarily attached to the implant.
- Placing final abutments - after the gums have healed, the final abutment is placed. The top of the abutment protrudes just above the gum line.
When your gums, surrounding the abutments, have healed, your dentist will start creating your permanent prosthesis. Multiple visits with your dentist is often required to be able to make an exact model of your mouth. And then it can take about a month or more to build your prosthesis.
To tailor-make your prosthesis, your dentist will make molds of your jaws, teeth, and abutments. Bite registrations are also created to see how your teeth fit together. These molds are utilized to create a model of your mouth. Finally, your new prosthesis will then be created from this model.
Fitting Your Prosthesis
As soon as your prosthesis is ready, you will need a number of fittings to check how it feels in your mouth. After all necessary adjustments are made, the prosthesis is mounted on and attached to the abutments, see figure above (letter G). You will be instructed not to eat hard or crunchy foods for a few weeks after the prosthesis is attached.
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