After Placement of Dental Implants
Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
Thank you for selecting our services for your oral health care needs. Some discomfort should be expected following oral surgery. To ensure the most comfortable and speedy recovery, we have put together some information to guide you through the next few days.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Bite firmly on the provided gauze continuously for 30 minutes. Remove the gauze at the end of the 30 minute interval and replace it with a new piece. When the bleeding has subsided, discontinue using the gauze. If bleeding continues please call us for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. The majority of swelling occurs on the second and third days after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Ice may be applied to the area for up to 24 hours after surgery in intervals of 30 minutes “on” and 30 minutes “off”. It is best to resume normal activities the day following surgery to help reduce the amount of swelling.
In some instances, bruising can occur near the surgical site or around the neck or jaw. This is a normal, healthy response and there is nothing to be concerned about.
Local anesthesia is administered during surgery (even with IV sedation). Numbness in your mouth may last for several hours. The muscles used to swallow and breathe will be working normally; however, it may seem difficult to swallow because your skin surfaces may be numb.
Remove all gauze before eating! Drink plenty of fluids. Cool, soft foods and liquids should be eaten while the area is still numb (generally, the day of surgery). After the numbness has subsided, you may eat warm, soft food (generally, the day after surgery). Avoid crunchy, spicy, or chewy foods, as well as rice or food with small seeds. Some cool, soft food ideas are: ice cream, yogurt, pudding, and milkshakes. As for warm, soft food, we recommend: soups, macaroni and cheese, eggs, pancakes, and mashed potatoes. Be sure to eat before taking any of the prescribed medications to prevent an upset stomach. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
DO NOT CHEW ON THE IMPLANT SITE.
If sutures are used at the implant and or extraction site they will dissolve. They will come out on their own in 3-10 days.
Light to moderate exercise the day following surgery will help reduce swelling and help you feel well. Get up, move around, take a shower, and participate in normal activities as much as possible.
Sleep with your head slightly elevated the first night following surgery. Use an extra pillow. The prescribed pain medications may make you feel sleepy.
Continue taking your prescribed antibiotics as directed and until they are all gone to help prevent in
Temperature elevation can occur following oral surgery. If your temperature rises above 100OF, take a fever reducer such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours until the fever subsides.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, the prescribed Peridex mouth rinse (which may cause staining to teeth and tongue that hygienist can remove, staining less likely if you brush your teeth prior to use) 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 rinses (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! Just be gentle with brushing the surgical areas. Your goal is to keep the healing cap or screw that shows above gum line, clean and shiny to avoid tartar buildup.
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 exercise. Light to moderate exercise the day following surgery will help you feel better and will minimize any swelling you may have.
WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS
Partial dentures, flippers, and full dentures may be used immediately after surgery unless otherwise indicated.
BONE GRAFT AREA
It’s normal for small granuales of bone to escape from the graft site during the first week after surgery. Expect graft area to be swollen and slightly tender as this is part of the healing process.
- NO SMOKING
- NO CARBONATED DRINKS
- NO STRAWS FOR AT LEAST 3 DAYS FOLLOWING SURGERY!!
- NO ALCOHOL UNTIL ALL MEDICATIONS ARE FINISHED!!
The day of surgery, do not brush your teeth or the implant site, rinse your mouth, or spit excessively.
The exception to this rule is if you become nauseated. If you are nauseated, a clear soda (7-Up, Sprite, or ginger ale) is helpful if sipped slowly. Allow the soda to go flat for about 15-20 minutes. Do not use diet drinks!
Please feel free to call our office at Austin Office Phone Number 512-258-1636 if you have any questions or concerns.