After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours following the surgery. Excessive bleeding where your mouth fills up rapidly with blood can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues and is not able to be controlled after doing this, please call our office for further instructions.
It is normal to experience swelling after surgery. To minimize the swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, or as often as possible, for the first 36 hours to help control the swelling.
For nourishment, drink plenty of fluids, but avoid hot liquids or food. On the day of your surgery, only eat soft foods and liquids. You may return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed by your dentist or surgeon.
You should begin taking pain medication to control your comfort level as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, one to two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Two to Three 200 mg tablets of Ibuprofen may be taken every three to four hours as is needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you have been instructed by your doctor to not take it, or if you are allergic to any of them.
Remember to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good and proper healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice per day – once after breakfast and then again before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds 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 eating meals. Brushing your teeth with the healing abutments is not a problem, but remember to be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Remember, during the healing process your nourishment is lowered, which could weaken you. If you experience throbbing, bleeding or are lightheaded, stop the exercise immediately.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should be used as discussed in the preoperative consultation.