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.
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. Apply the ice continuously, 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 medications as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. Please follow the instructions given to you by our office. All medications are to be taken only as directed. Do not take any of the medications if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
If provided, be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. You may have been provided with a mouthwash (Peridex, Chlorhexidine,Periogard) The night of surgery, use the prescribed Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the mouthwash 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 (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) can be used 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing caps very gently.
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 be worn as discussed by our office or your dentist. Please call the office with any questions.