After Placement of Dental Implants

In addition to the General Oral Surgery Post-operative instructions:

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, this is normal.

Do not chew on the dental implant surgery site, until the dental implant is restored.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (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 bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

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 20 minutes on – 20 minutes off, as much as possible, for the first48 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery.

Do not chew on the dental implant surgery area, until the dental implant is restored.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. Use the prescribed medication as directed.

If you have severe pain, fever, rash, or bodily illness, contact our office. Nausea may be reduced by eating food prior to your medication.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed for infection Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery and for one week, the Peridex oral rinse should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit . Do not eat or drink for one hour afterwards. Also, warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, especially after meals. After one week, use a soft tooth brush dipped in Peridex and gently brush the implant surgery area.

Activity

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

Be sure there is no pressure on the implant site from the denture, partial or flipper. If there is pressure on the dental implant site your prosthesis may need to be adjusted. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.