After Placement of Dental Implants
Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, it is our desire that your healing process be as pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have any questions, please call our office. If you have an emergency after hours, call our office and follow the prompts to get a hold of the doctor.
Intermittent bleeding or oozing overnight is normal. Bleeding may be controlled by placing fresh gauze over the area and gently biting for 20-30 minutes at a time.
Minor swelling is often associated with oral surgery. It can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice bag, or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to the cheek adjacent to the surgical area. This should be applied twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off during the first 24 hours after surgery.
Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort. Avoid extremely hot foods. It is best to avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may irritate the surgical area. Please avoid excess pressure on the surgical area, as the implant(s) should remain undisturbed as it bonds with your bone.
Please begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after surgery, with the exception of very light brushing over the surgical area so as not to irritate the tissue. Keeping your mouth clean after implant placement is essential. If prescribed a mouth rinse, please use as directed. Otherwise, a Listerine type of rinse is to be used 2 times daily to assist in good oral hygiene.
Please refrain from smoking for 24 hours following your procedure. Smoking at any time has been shown to increase the risk of implant failure.
Nausea is not uncommon after surgery. Sometimes pain medications are the cause. Nausea can be reduced by preceding each pain pill with a small amount of soft food and a large volume of liquid. Often times, a much milder analgesic such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen is all that is needed for pain.
Our office will provide all prescriptions necessary for pain management after your surgery. These medications should be taken as directed by your oral surgeon. 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.
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
Unless otherwise directed, the use of essex retainers and other temporary prothesis (if used) following implant placement are for esthetic purposes only.