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 healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.

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 continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.

Diet

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.

Pain

Unfortunately, most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. The local anesthetic administered with the general anesthetic during the surgery normally has a duration of several hours. We, therefore, advise you to take the pain medication as soon as possible after your surgery. It may be difficult to control the pain once the local anesthetic has worn off. Taking the pain medication with a sugared drink (Powerade, Gatorade) or soft food (applesauce)will lessen any side effects of nausea or stomach upset.

Take your prescribed medication as directed. The prescribed pain medicine will make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not work, drive or operate any type of machinery while taking the pain medication. 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 experience pain in between pain medication times you may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen, (Motrin or Advil) as directed on the label unless otherwise contraindicated.

Antibiotics

If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction. Call the office if you have any questions.
If you are currently taking oral contraceptives, you should use an alternate method of birth control for the remainder of this cycle.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, if prescribed use Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.

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.