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Possible complications and what to do


Managing Swelling (First 3 days)

We recommend covered ice packs or a cold compress applied for a period of half an hour to the face over the surgery site to reduce any chance of swelling. Some slight swelling is normal. We suggest that you apply the compress 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.

If possible, elevate the head with an extra pillow during the first 2 nights after surgery to reduce swelling.

Managing Bruising (3 – 7 days)

Bruising is normal, applying ice packs within the first 3 days of surgery will help lower the severity of bruising. If bruising persists, we recommend applying Arnica (available at the chemist) to the affected area to help reduce bruising. Bruising will subside in 5-7 days.

Managing Bleeding

A small amount of bleeding is normal for the next 24 hours after your surgery. Bite down softly on the gauze, making sure it remains in place. Continue to change the gauze packs every 30-40 minutes if there is continual bleeding. To replace gauze, fold a clean piece into a pad thick enough to bite on. Dampen the pad and place it directly on the surgical site.

Bleeding should never be severe. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call us on 9415 2777.

Lost Healing Abutment

If your healing abutment falls out, please keep it as we can re insert it. Simply call us and we can book you an appointment.

If you have been referred in and you are in a situation that you can’t come in to see us, your General Dentist may be able to re insert it if they have the correct instruments. They will know if they can do this or not as they have a detailed report of your procedure.

Loose Healing Abutment

We recommend tightening it with your fingers and calling to make an appointment with us to retighten it.

If you are referred in and you are in a situation that you can’t come in to see us, your General Dentist may be able to tighten it if they have the right instruments. They will know if they can do this or not as they have a detailed report of your procedures.

Breaking Your Provisional Bridge Or Crown

If you're your temporary bridge or crown breaks, please call us and we will repair it immediately. In this instance, we normally need to see you in the morning so that the lab has time during business hours to have this fixed for you.

If you are in a situation that will not allow you to come in, you can use a tiny amount of superglue to stick it back in place until we see you. Make sure that the glue does not come in contact with any tissues, and please be careful not to ingest any of this material