Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of oral surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Bleeding After Placement of Dental Implants
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 After Placement of Dental Implants
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (preferably a gel pack) on the cheek in the area of surgery. Alternate 20 minutes on / 20 minutes off as much as possible for the first 24 hours while you are awake.
Diet After Placement of Dental Implants
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 After Placement of Dental Implants
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol may be taken every 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 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, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Antibiotics After Placement of Dental Implants
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Oral Hygiene After Placement of Dental Implants
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 (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 3 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Activity After Placement of Dental Implants
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. 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 After Placement of Dental Implants
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used after surgery until your first postoperative visit. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.
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