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 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 30 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. Swelling usually increases for 3-4 days after surgery then begins to improve. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. We recommend room temperature foods. Soft, cool food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Slowly return to a more regular diet 3-4 days following surgery, unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication when you get home, before the local anesthetic wears off. Generally, two tablets of regular strength Tylenol alternated with 600mg of ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 3 hours manages moderate pain. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets, taking three of these equates to 600mg. Doses should not exceed 3200mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice for individuals under 18. Do not take the two medications at the same time.
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.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. If provided an antibiotic course by our office it is important to take as direct- DO NOT STOP even in the absence of pain or swelling.
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 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. Expect to take 1-2 weeks off of vigorous exercise after surgery. 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 for at least 10 days, as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.