After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the surgical site. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours, however bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the surgical site for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues or you have any concerns, please call our office.
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 as much as possible, for the first 24 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 before the local anesthetic has worn off. Your prescribed pain medication will be discussed with you in our office, however, Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets, and 2-3 tablets may be taken every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection, and it is important to finish the entire prescription.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used several times a day, especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing abutments very gently.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures, can typically be worn immediately following your procedure, however, this will be discussed with you in more detail at your surgical appointment.