Dental Education Lecture: Instructions After the Uncovering of Implants
Treat your implants as you would your natural teeth. Make sure that there
is even pressure on your teeth when biting. If you experience extra force on
your implant tooth, please contact us immediately for an
adjustment. Otherwise, you could lose osseointegration of the implant.
For a few days, the gum tissue around the implant may be tender. This
is normal. After 24 hours, use a Q-tip saturated with Listerine or Peridex to
gently clean the gum tissue and the abutment until you can comfortably brush the
area with your toothbrush.
Most patients do not have discomfort after this procedure; however if you do,
take your usual pain medications, i.e. Advil, Tylenol, etc. as directed.
your normal diet as soon as your gingival tenderness is gone.
If you have a transitional crown, avoid "sticky" foods such as taffy, chewing gum, caramels, etc. as these foods may loosen or remove the crown.
you have sutures, they will dissolve in 5-7 days unless you were instructed to
return for their removal.
We will take impression for final restorations.
In the unlikely event that your abutment (the titanium metal attachment) comes
loose or out, replace it with finger pressure and contact us so that we can
retap the abutment into the implant. Try not to remove the abutment entirely
from the implant, since your tissue will quickly close the opening requiring an
additional surgical procedure.
Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 02/14/2009, last revision 09/28/2012