Pain should not be a big problem. Although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth, this can be easily managed with simple analgesics (pain killers). You should take these regularly at the maximum stated dose for the next 2 days after your surgery. Take whatever painkillers you normally take for headaches, aches and sprains (Ibuprofen and Paracetamol make a good combination) and take your next dose before the local anaesthetic has completely worn off.
If after a few days you experience increasing pain and swelling, you must return to the surgery as soon as possible so that we can ensure you are not beginning to develop an infection.
If you have a denture that covers the surgical area please wear it as little as possible for the next week to protect the surgical site during its initial healing period. You should always leave the denture out at night.
The stitches are dissolvable but often remain for around 2-3 weeks, if they are uncomfortable or annoying, you may contact us to remove them.
Some minor bleeding after surgery is normal. If this persists, apply pressure by biting down over the area on a dampened gauze swab or clean handkerchief for 60 minutes whilst sitting upright. Do not keep checking or changing the gauze. You should contact us if bleeding persists for any reason after applying pressure in this way.
If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your surgery, please ensure that you complete the course.
The following information applies when upper jawbone height or width have been lost. The graft is placed to help restore your jawbone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the missing tooth or teeth.
You have had a Sinus Lift Augmentation procedure in your upper jaw. This procedure regains lost bone height in the area of your first and second molar and occasionally second premolar. It is an important procedure as it allows implant placement in an area that could not be implanted otherwise because of insufficient bone height due to an enlarged sinus. The bone that has been grafted is most commonly a combination freeze-dried bone, artificial synthetic bone and/or your own bone. Because of this you may have two post-surgical wounds: the donor site and the recipient site.
Please do not hesitate to call us should you have any questions or concerns
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