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Had bone graft and abutment fitted last Monday. When it is safe to wear my flipper?

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MountainMama

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I want to use straw because I feel like every time when I drink soup or flavored drinks, it might get into the implant and hard to clean. To be honest, I am still not comfortable brushing on the healing cap and the gum. The dental assistant told me to brush in a circular moment when brushing heading cap. I really don’t know what is the correct way to brush. And just read online that sometimes the healing cap comes out. Has that ballot to before? I wish I can go back for a quick appointment on a monthly basis to just check on how it progress. Three months seem like a long time. :)
The healing cap won’t come out! I had that fear myself at first, but when they took it out to do impressions for my crown, I saw what it looked like and lost that fear. It is like a screw. So the healing cap is actually screwed into the implant. I have never even had mine loosen, and I have had four implants now.

It won’t hurt the healing cap to get food on it. It is snug in your gums and nothing will get past it to the implant. Just avoid crunchy stuff on it or sticky stuff. My first one I was a nervous wreck. After that I realized they clean easily. I didn’t do a circular motion, just brushed it and used an interdental brush on the sides of it once the swelling went down.
 
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@MountainMama I wonder if it hurts when the dentist unscrew the healing cap? Also, how can they tell the implant is ready for the tooth? I am so afraid of doing the impression. It feels like it’s going for pull all my teeth out, especially now that it has a screw. What if the screw is pulled out? I know I am thinking too much.

Every day I feel different. There are days when my gum feels sore and I feel the screw is inside my gum making me uncomfortable (no pain though). Today, I don’t feel anything, but afraid spraying the implant with salt water using a syringe after lunch, I can actually feel the healing cap in the back of my gum. Before I only feel the gum, but today when I licked the back of my gum, I can feel it. Everyday just afraid that the screw will fall out. Lol Do you rinse your mouth after every meal until your put in your tooth?
 
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I never used a syringe or rinsed my mouth after meals. I just brushed as usual twice a day and brushed the healing cap.

You feel more of the healing cap because the gums were swollen after the procedure and now it is starting to go back down. You will feel more of it over the next few days. It won’t fall out. You would feel it getting loose. It wouldn’t just fall out.

It does not really hurt to unscrew it but it does feel weird. You feel pressure and a tugging sensation. I was always holding my breath at that point, worrying it was loose. At my last implant, when it was ready for the crown, the dentist hesitated as he unscrewed the healing cap and said “I thought I felt a little give for a second but it is fine”. I asked him how he knew it was not loose. He said that as soon as they start unscrewing it, they can tell if it is loose.
 
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@MountainMama Oh no, I’ll probably be panicking again when it becomes loose, but I’ll keep it in mind of what you told me.

I am a little worried because the surgeon gives me a three month window to put the crown. He always seems rushed. Like I mentioned before, the stitches were said to take out in 3 weeks and now only one week. I read in a lot of websites, we need to wait about 3-6 months to put crown. In the past, he was even thinking about 2 months. I don’t eat too much food with calcium especially on and off I am still experiencing difficulties in breathing and swallowing. I just can’t imagine how my bones will grow. Maybe I should ask to postpone for another month just to be safe.
 
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@Kate2022 I wouldn’t worry about the healing cap becoming loose. It is very unlikely.
Also, they will do an X-ray before they remove the healing cap, to check the bone growth. Some dentists like to wait longer than others.

If it makes you feel better, I had a LOT of bone loss with my front tooth and the surgeon checked the implant at 4 months and everything was perfect. With my latest molar implant, they did the crown at 3 months and it was also fine. It was a different dentist.
 
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