After Placement of Dental Implants

After Surgery Instructions

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing cap protruding through the gum tissue.

   
   

Bleeding

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 the office at 817-741-2200 for further instructions.

   
   

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, 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 24 hours.

   
   

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids.  Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery.  Continue on a soft diet (food that can easily be cut with the side of a fork) for 2 weeks after surgery.  After two weeks, you can return to a regular diet, except no hard foods (nuts, raw carrots, etc.) in the area of the dental implant.

   
   

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off.  Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2–3 tablets may be taken every 4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. 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.

   
   

Antibiotics

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

   
   

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed 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 (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water)  can be used 2–3 times a day as well, especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing caps. Be very gentle when brushing the surgical areas.

   
   

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising for a few days before trying again.

   
   

Wearing of your teeth

Flippers, partial dentures, or full dentures can be placed and used immediately after surgery.