After dental implant surgery in Austin, Texas, do not poke or prod the wound. Avoid touching the wound, spitting, and rinsing on the day of surgery. There will be a metal abutment protruding though the gum (gingival) tissue.

Bleeding

For 24 hours, some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please call our office for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling after surgery is normal. Apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice to the cheek to minimize swelling. Apply the ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid hot liquids and foods. Consume soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

Begin taking pain medication as soon as the local anesthetic begins wearing off. For moderate pain, take 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 3 to 4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. You may take 2 to 3 tablets every 3 to 4 hours as needed for pain. If you experience severe pain, take the prescribed medication as instructed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic or have been instructed by our oral surgeon not to take it.

Antibiotics

Take your prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is imperative to good healing. The night of surgery, use your prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day of your procedure, the Peridex should be used twice, after breakfast and before bed. Rinse for at least 30 seconds and then spit it out. Rinse with warm salt water at least 4 to 5 times a day., especially after meals. Brush your teeth and the healing abutments, but be gentle with the surgical areas at first.

Activity

Avoid physical activities to a minimum immediately after surgery. If you exercise strenuously, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, discontinue exercising. Remember that you are probably not taking normal nourishment, so you may be weak. This will further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing Your Prosthesis

If you have partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used for at least 10 days after surgery. Dr. Dale Gallagher discussed this with you in the pre-operative consultation.