Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, carbonated beverages, or touching the wound.

Bleeding

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 gauze placed directly on the bleeding wound for 60 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call the office for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply ice to the affected area on and off for the first 24-72 hrs.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid anything hot. Soft food should be eaten on the day of surgery. Please refrain from carbonated beverages. Return to a normal diet approximately 7 days after the procedure unless otherwise noted.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic starts wearing off.  An anti-inflammatory will be given for moderate pain alternating it with a narcotic for breakthrough pain. 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 them. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside gradually over the course of  7 days. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.

Antibiotics

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is essential to adequate healing. The day after surgery, start rinsing with sea salt water rinses twice a day for 2-3 weeks. One week after surgery, Peridex should be used twice daily; after breakfast and before bed for only 1 week. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then lightly spit it out. Brush your teeth. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum approximately 1 week 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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