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What kind of follow up do I need after dental implant surgery? Do i need to go to the dentist to have them checked?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
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In brief: Post op visits

We do a few short visits.
The first is at about two weeks just for a "look see." the second visit is at least six weeks after the procedure when we take an x-ray to check the bone healing. Everyone is different. Patients with significant medical problems we see more often. I hope this helps.

In brief: Post op visits

We do a few short visits.
The first is at about two weeks just for a "look see." the second visit is at least six weeks after the procedure when we take an x-ray to check the bone healing. Everyone is different. Patients with significant medical problems we see more often. I hope this helps.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Steven Hart
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: It depends

It is common to have a follow up visit about 1 week after implant surgery.
This is especially true if sutures were placed. The success of the dental implants (i.e., whether or not they achieved successful integration in the bone) is not apparent for months later. It is at that time (which can vary) that a surgeon much recall you to assess the implants and determine if they are ready to restore.

In brief: It depends

It is common to have a follow up visit about 1 week after implant surgery.
This is especially true if sutures were placed. The success of the dental implants (i.e., whether or not they achieved successful integration in the bone) is not apparent for months later. It is at that time (which can vary) that a surgeon much recall you to assess the implants and determine if they are ready to restore.
Dr. Steven Hart
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
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In brief: Yes

You should see the dentist periodoically until the dentla implants are ready to be restored.

In brief: Yes

You should see the dentist periodoically until the dentla implants are ready to be restored.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry

In brief: Implant follow -up

Follow -up largely depends on the number and location of the implant(s).
I have a 1 week check, but give the patient a choice to return sooner if they feel they would like a check sooner. Then 1month 3month 4month check. Sooner if the patient has any concern. In more involved cases a next day visit is called for.

In brief: Implant follow -up

Follow -up largely depends on the number and location of the implant(s).
I have a 1 week check, but give the patient a choice to return sooner if they feel they would like a check sooner. Then 1month 3month 4month check. Sooner if the patient has any concern. In more involved cases a next day visit is called for.
Dr. Robert Devin
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Follow-up YES!!!!

After surgery, you need to be seen within the first week to evaluate healing and possibly remove any stitches.
After your initial follow-up, your dentist should see you every 4-6 weeks to check on the healing of the soft tissue and take an x-ray to make sure there are no bone healing problems. This will help ensure that the restoration of the implant can proceed as planned.

In brief: Follow-up YES!!!!

After surgery, you need to be seen within the first week to evaluate healing and possibly remove any stitches.
After your initial follow-up, your dentist should see you every 4-6 weeks to check on the healing of the soft tissue and take an x-ray to make sure there are no bone healing problems. This will help ensure that the restoration of the implant can proceed as planned.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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In brief: That

That depends. Was it simple then just normal follow up.
Or if implant was done with more complex things like grafting then more intense follow up. Your dentist will monitor all this for you.

In brief: That

That depends. Was it simple then just normal follow up.
Or if implant was done with more complex things like grafting then more intense follow up. Your dentist will monitor all this for you.
Dr. Leopold Weinstein
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Dr. John Kong
Dentistry

In brief: Take

Take your prescribed meds, no strenuous physical activities, no brushing on area of surgery for 1 week, rinse with salt-water or peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate).
Followup visit 7-10 days later. http://www.betterlivingdentistry.com/pre-amp-post-op-instructions-26.html#4.

In brief: Take

Take your prescribed meds, no strenuous physical activities, no brushing on area of surgery for 1 week, rinse with salt-water or peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate).
Followup visit 7-10 days later. http://www.betterlivingdentistry.com/pre-amp-post-op-instructions-26.html#4.
Dr. John Kong
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Dr. Brian Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Follow Up

You need follow up from the surgeon during the healing phase of the implant placement.
Once the implant is restored your general dentist can check the implants on a routine basis at your hygience and recall appointments. They should be checked for any signs of bone or tissue loss just like your natural teeth.

In brief: Follow Up

You need follow up from the surgeon during the healing phase of the implant placement.
Once the implant is restored your general dentist can check the implants on a routine basis at your hygience and recall appointments. They should be checked for any signs of bone or tissue loss just like your natural teeth.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Dental implants

It's highly recommended to have follow up visit with the surgeon who has placed the implant.
Reasons include: -monitor healing process -address any issues that might not be viewed as nomad healing -remove sutures if any was placed -adjust flipper, bite, retainer, etc. That could influence the healing -expose implant if it's submerged -surgically correct tissue if needed prior to final restoration.

In brief: Dental implants

It's highly recommended to have follow up visit with the surgeon who has placed the implant.
Reasons include: -monitor healing process -address any issues that might not be viewed as nomad healing -remove sutures if any was placed -adjust flipper, bite, retainer, etc. That could influence the healing -expose implant if it's submerged -surgically correct tissue if needed prior to final restoration.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Yes

You should be seen about 1 week after the surgery.
If all is normal at that time, then again when the next phase is to begin. This may be anywhere from 12 weeks to 6 months. Any problems in between these times -- be seen for evaluation.

In brief: Yes

You should be seen about 1 week after the surgery.
If all is normal at that time, then again when the next phase is to begin. This may be anywhere from 12 weeks to 6 months. Any problems in between these times -- be seen for evaluation.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Vikram Likhari
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: -

Yes they usually need to be checked for proper healing and proper integration with bone prior to being loaded.

In brief: -

Yes they usually need to be checked for proper healing and proper integration with bone prior to being loaded.
Dr. Vikram Likhari
Dr. Vikram Likhari
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