After Placement of Dental Implants

Do not disturb the wound.
Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.

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 48 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

You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthesia wears off completely.  Take either over-the-counter or medication which has been prescribed for you by your doctor as directed. Do not take any medications if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics

If an antibiotic is prescribed, be sure to take it as directed to help prevent or treat an infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing.  Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas, check with your doctor when they would like you to start doing so..

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery, generally the day of surgery and any additional days as directed by your doctor. If you are particularly active you may encounter throbbing or bleeding. 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.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures can be used immediately after surgery if your doctor indicated that this was okay to do so.  If you are unsure, please call the office to clarify