After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal post protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
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 30-45 minutes. If bleeding continues 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 continuously, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours (45 minutes on, 45 minutes off). Then switch to warm, moist compress afterwards on the third day.
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.
Usually there is less discomfort following implant surgery versus the extraction. You should begin taking pain medication as directed before the numbness wears off.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Advil Dual Action with Acetaminophen is prescribed and is the best medication for this type of procedure. TAKE 4 PILLS AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME AND CONTINUE EVERY 7-8 HOURS FOR PAIN as needed. Start this medication as soon as you get home before the numbing anesthetic wears off. It is harder to control the pain if you wait to take the pain medication. Numbing anesthetics typically last about 2-4 hours after the procedure depending on the person. 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.
You will be prescribed an antibiotic prior to implant surgery. Be sure to take the prescribed medications as directed to prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Normal tooth brushing can resume the day following surgery. Use prescribed Peridex mouth rinse twice a day, preferably morning and night. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) are optimal for healing as well. Be sure to gently brush or wipe around metal post to prevent plaque build up.
Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, physical activity is not recommended for at least the first few days after surgery. Consult with your surgeon for further directions if necessary.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery. We recommend only wearing them for cosmetic purposes until the implant is ready to be restored.