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 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 medication as soon as you get home so that it is working by the time the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, you can take either a tablet of Tylenol or Tylenol ES every 3-4 hours OR two tablets of Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every 3-4 hours. If the pain is still not tolerable, take one ES Tylenol AND two Ibuprofen at the same time – every 3-4 hours.
Tylenol Extra Strength is 500mg. Do not exceed 4000 mg a daily. Ibuprofen (over the counter) comes in 200 mg tablets. Do not exceed 3200mg daily. Children have reduced limits. Consult our practice for individuals under 18.
For severe pain, your prescribed narcotic medication should be taken as directed. Make sure you STOP taking the Tylenol because your prescribed medication probably already has Tylenol in it. 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.
If prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed to help prevent infection.
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. 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 not be used immediately after surgery for at least 10 days, as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.