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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 feel the local anesthetic wearing off.
- For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours.
- Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol.
- Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, not to exceed 3200mg daily for an adult.
- Consult our practice for individuals under 18. Do not take the two medications at the same time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
- 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) 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.
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