Now that you have received dental implants in Vietnam, there are some things should mindfully mind about so that you can recover in the best way possible. Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth since they are strong and long-lasting. Dental implant procedures in Vietnam are extremely safe, but you still have to take good care of your teeth after the surgery to ensure that you recover easily.
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gum tissue. It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office.
It is normal if there is some redness or bleeding in about 24 hours, so you don’t need to worry. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by placing a gauze pad directly to the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. You should call for further instruction instead of self-treatment if the bleeding keeps continuing.
Swelling is normal after the implant surgery, but it can hamper your sleep and eating because of the pain. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the cheek in the area of surgery. For the first 36 hours, try to apply the ice pack continuously, as often as possible.
On the first days after implant surgery, it is highly important that you provide yourself with the necessary nutrition such as protein, minerals, and vitamins to shorten the healing process and boost implant integration. Avoid hot liquids, food, and smoking. When your implants get stronger, you can have solids and eventually normal food.
The following foods are suggested for you after dental implant surgery in Vietnam:
- Applesauce has great texture and nutrients. Since it isn’t chewy or crunchy, it doesn’t require you to put in a lot of chewing effort. This protects your jaw
- Broth-based soups are a good source of protein but should be warm, not hot
- Mashed potatoes with cheese, gravy or butter are great since they have high fiber and are soft
- Foods containing protein such as eggs, fish and seafood, finely chopped meat, dairy products, yogurt is another healthy alternative
- Instant oatmeal is a great option but should be eaten after a few days since it can irritate the gums early on
- Fruits and vegetables are very helpful to your recovery, melon, berries, banana and other soft fruits would be good choices
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate and severe pain, the prescribed pain killer should be taken as directed of the dental surgeon. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your Vietnamese doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. On the night of surgery, use the prescribed mouthwash before bed. On the day after surgery, you should use the mouthwash three times daily, after meals and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least one minute and then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth with the healing abutments is not a problem. Initially, be gentle when brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Exercising may make throbbing or bleeding occur. If this happens, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your prosthesis:
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least ten days. This will be informed in the preoperative consultation.
After socket bone graft:
The following information applies when grafting material has been placed into extraction sites to help preserve your jawbone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the extracted tooth. Your bone graft is made up of many particles. You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by these. It’s normal to have some of them come out of the graft site and into your mouth. Following are things you can do to minimize the number of particles that become dislodged:
- Do not disturb or touch the wound
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 2 days to allow blood clot and graft material stabilization
- Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing
- Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures as this can cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures
- Do not smoke
Following the second day, gentle rinsing is allowable but not too vigorously as you can again disturb some of the bone graft granules. If a partial denture or a flipper was placed in your mouth, you may have to see your restorative dentist to have it adjusted and learn how to remove and replace it appropriately.
For a simple dental implant in Vietnam, which has no bone graft, no membrane, no sinus lift, you have to wait for at least 48 hours so as to fly with little concern. But if you have multiple dental implants or more complex surgeries such as All on 4 implants, snap-in dentures, you should wait for a longer time before flying, depending on your Vietnamese surgeon’s recommendation. It is also the recommended waiting time if your implant surgery includes a sinus lift or a bone graft. Generally, planes can be very dry, in some instances, this might interfere with the clotting ability of your body. Despite causing a very low risk, this may bring some disturbance in healing.
After the surgery in Vietnam, patients should attend regular checkups at a local clinic to ensure the implants and your oral health are in good condition. Your local dentist will also fully inform about your case with the dental record given by your surgeon in Vietnam so you need not worry about the efficiency of your local checkups.