After Placement of Dental Implants
Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may or may not be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 60 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions.
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 for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off schedule, as much as possible, for the first 36 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 mild pain, two tablets of Extra Strength Tylenol (500mg) may be taken 3x day or every 8 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) should also be taken for mild to moderate pain. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2 tablets (400mg) may be taken four times daily, not to exceed 3200mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice for individuals under 18. Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be taken in an alternating fashion for the most effective treatment of post operative pain.
For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. 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. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.
If you are prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day of surgery gentle tooth brushing should be done without the use of toothpaste avoiding the surgical area. The antibiotic mouth rinse (Chlorhexadine or Peridex) prescribe should be started in the evening the day after surgery. Be sure to gently 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 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing abutments. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas.
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, should not be used immediately after surgery unless specifically discussed with Dr. Kyles