After Placement of a Dental Implant
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 pack on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off increments for 48 hours.
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. Please complete the course of antibiotics to its entirety unless instructed otherwise by Dr.Reisman.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good and proper healing. 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. Avoid eating or drinking for thirty minutes after using the Peridex Rinse. 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. Normal brushing and flossing should be performed.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following your surgery. Remember, during the healing process your nourishment is lowered, which could weaken you. If you experience throbbing, bleeding or are lightheaded, stop physical activity immediately.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should be used as discussed in the preoperative consultation.