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 up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on thebleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and reaches its peak 2-3 days 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 often as possible, for the first 24 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.
Post operative discomfort is normal after oral surgery procedures. Start taking the pain medication before the local anesthesia or numbness wears off. Please use the following instructions to help control the amount of discomfort that you may have:
For Severe Pain
- For the first 24 72 hours, please take the pain medication as prescribed by your doctor. The prescribed pain medicine will make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Be sure to eat something prior to taking pain medication to reduce nausea.
- If your doctor has not prescribed any Motrin/ibuprofen, you may take 400 – 600mg of Motrin/ibuprofen every 6 hours in addition to your prescribed medication.
- 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.
For Moderate Pain
- One or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4 hours or 1 2 tablets of Motrin/ibuprofen may be taken every three to four hours.
- Do not take any additional Tylenol if you are taking a prescription medications
- Do not take any Motrin/ibuprofen if you have any stomach problems such as ulcers
- If you have any questions, please contact your doctor at Rancho Cucamonga Office Phone Number 909-581-7761.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction. Call the office if you have any questions. Be aware that some antibiotics can reduce the contraceptive effect of birth control pills. Please contact your gynecologist or pharmacist if you have concerns.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. No rinsing of any kind should be performed until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth the day after surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least five to six times a day with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt especially after eating.
REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
Brushing your teeth with the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas. You may use a Q-Tip that is dipped in salt water or diluted mouth rinse to clean around the healing abutments.
If given a prescription for Peridex Oral Rinse, please do the following:
- 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. Continue with the salt water rinses in addition to the Peridex Oral Rinses.
Keep physical activities to a minimum for one week following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures maybe worn immediately after surgery only after they have been adjusted. Please follow the instructions as discussed in the preoperative consultation.