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Frequently Asked

Learn more about dental implant complications and their solutions.

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page, where we understand the concerns and questions that can arise when dealing with dental implant complications. Our team of experienced periodontists is here to provide you with expert guidance and support. We recognize that every patient's situation is unique, and we are committed to addressing your specific needs and uncertainties. Whether you're curious about the implant process, recovery, or potential alternatives, we're dedicated to offering clear, compassionate answers to help you make informed decisions about your oral health. Your well-being is our top priority, and we're here to assist you every step of the way. Feel free to explore our FAQs, and if you have further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out. Your journey to a healthier, happier smile starts here.

Who should perform supportive periodontal therapy?

The answer depends on you and the severity of your gum disease.

Generally, the more severe your periodontal disease initially, the more often Drs. Weinstein, Froum, Melnick, and Rascon will need to oversee your care.

Together, you, your general dentist and Drs. Weinstein, Froum, Melnick, and Rascon will work out the most effective schedule for your supportive periodontal care.

Does treatment hurt?

Your periodontal condition is the deciding factor. The interval between your supportive periodontal care visits might be as often as every few weeks or as frequent as every six months. But not to worry, everyone’s situation is different.

The frequency of your supportive care visits will be influenced by the following circumstances:

-The type of periodontal disease you have
-The type of periodontal treatment you’ve had
-Your response to treatment
-Your susceptibility to further breakdown
-Your rate of plaque growth
-Your commitment to good oral home care

If you have additional questions please don't hesitate to visit our contact page and send us a message with everything that may be on your mind concerning your treatment.

What post-operative instructions will be provided?

We care about your wellbeing and want to ensure you have a smooth recovery period. Here are the recommendations we advise:

After an oral surgery procedure:
Please don’t partake in any strenuous activity for a few days. Immediately after surgery, we advise that you relax at home for the rest of the day.

Please take any medications that we prescribe to you as instructed. If you choose not to, please be advised that it can affect the healing process and overall success of your procedure. If you experience any adverse reactions to your medications, such as nausea, itching, swelling, or any allergic symptoms, please discontinue all medications and contact our office immediately.

It is very important that you do not consume alcohol while taking your medications. Additionally, driving or operating dangerous equipment while taking narcotics (e.g. Vicodin® or Tylenol #3®) can be very dangerous. Medications should generally not be taken on an empty stomach.

You can experience some discomfort when the numbness from the anesthetic wears off. To avoid this discomfort, we recommend you take the first dose of the prescribed anti-inflammatory pain medication while the surgical site still feels numb. Usually this is done at our office after the procedure.

While bleeding may be possible after your surgery in completely, it should be minimal. Additionally, there may be a pink tinge to your saliva for several hours. Bright red bleeding is not to be expected and is not usually a normal symptom after surgery. If you do experience bleeding, apply a moistened tea bag (not herbal tea) to the surgical area with for 15 minutes; let rest for 15 minutes, then repeat for a second time only. It is very important that you contact our office immediately if you experience any heavy bleeding.

Immediately following your oral surgery, you may experience some swelling. To keep this to a minimum, apply an ice bag wrapped in a towel to the outside of the face, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off, for a period of 4 hours. We also suggest that you practice gentle rinsing with cold liquids. It’s very important that you avoid using a straw, as suction can cause bleeding. For any residual swelling after the first 48 hours, heat is encouraged to increase circulation and healing. You can apply this with a hot water bottle or heating pad. If your swelling becomes progressively worse after 2-3 days, please call our office immediately.

Sutures, or stitches, are placed to hold the gum tissues in the correct position for optimum healing. If stitches were placed during your procedure, your doctor will want you to return once sufficient healing has occurred to remove them. It is very important that you do not disturb the stitches in any manner because this can impair proper healing. Please contact our office immediately if you notice that any of your stitches have come out or come loose.

You can continue your oral hygiene routine in the non-operated areas of your mouth with daily brushing and flossing. However, please be careful to not disrupt the healing areas. You may rinse gently with a mouth wash, like Listerine®, or a simple salt water solution. Once your sutures have been removed, you may lightly clean the teeth in the operated area using an extra soft toothbrush.

No rinsing the first 24 hours. 24 hours after surgery, you should start warm (not hot) salt water rinses 3-4 times daily for the week after surgery. To create your salt water rinse, mix together a 1/2 tsp. salt in a tall glass of water.

You should be able to maintain a relatively normal diet throughout the course of healing and it’s important you not try any new diets post-surgery. For the first few days, you can eat nutritional supplements such as Boost® or Ensure® or soft foods (i.e. blended foods, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, soups, eggs, fish, pasta, Jell-O, pudding, oatmeal, etc.). It may be necessary to only consume liquids for the first day, if you find chewing to be uncomfortable. We recommend that you chew on the side opposite the surgical site and please avoid any hard or gritty foods such as peanuts, popcorn, chips or hard bread for 3-4 days after surgery. Also, it is best to avoid spicy or heavily seasoned foods for the initial 24 hours after surgery.

Oral surgery healing results are significantly worse for smokers than non-smokers. If you do choose to smoke, it’s important that you discontinue use until after your sutures have been removed to promote optimum success of your procedure. If you can’t quite completely, please refrain from smoking for the first 24-48 hours after oral surgery.

What do I need for my initial appointment?

We are excited about meeting with you to explore the best ways to improve your periodontal health and oral health. Your initial visit will be the start of a healthy and long-lasting relationship. Be prepared to provide a thorough review of medical history. We will take the time to get to know you and your needs and provide a personalized treatment at our consultation visit.

What kind of insurance do you take?

While our practice does not participate with insurance companies, you may be eligible for benefits for some procedures performed in our office. We would be happy to file a claim for reimbursement on your behalf.

What kind of treatment do you do?

Periodontists specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions that affect the surrounding structures of the teeth (periodontitis) and dental implants (peri-implantitis). They also perform cosmetic gum procedures and place dental implants. In addition to completing dental school, as all dentists do, periodontists pursue a post-graduate residency in the specialty that lasts up to three years. This additional education experience gives periodontists the opportunity to focus specifically on the numerous aspects of conditions that affect periodontal tissues (gum, bone and ligament) and dental implants

Still have questions or concerns?

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