After Placement of Dental Implants
After Placement of Dental Implants do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be metal healing abutments protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue. In some cases the abutment will not be visible immediately following surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive should not occur, but can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on thebleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Very mild swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize 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, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used three times daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brush your teeth using Peridex instead of toothpaste. Use a cotton swab (Q-Tip) moistened with Peridex to gently clean the healing abutments three times a day. Do not use Electric toothbrushes or WaterPik until you have gotten clearance from your surgeon. If at anytime you notice any looseness or mobility of the abutments please call our office for instructions.
If you have had adjunctive procedure performed along with your implant surgery such as Bone or Soft Tissue Grafts please see the appropriate section for instructions.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, Provisionals, or full dentures may not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. Make sure to receive instruction regarding your temporary appliance from your surgeon following your procedure.