After Placement of Dental Implants
Following oral surgery for placement of dental implants, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There can be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
You should begin taking pain medication within an hour of arriving home.
For moderate pain: 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 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 3-4 hours as needed for pain. You should not take Ibuprofen if you are on any blood thinners.
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.
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 or moist tea bag placed directly on thebleeding wound for 30 minutes. If uninterrupted bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off while you are awake for the first 48 hours.
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. Avoid hard crunchy foods such as nuts, chips, candy, popcorn for one month.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, if you were prescribed Peridex (a.k.a. Chlorhexadine) it 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 (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 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.
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
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation. Follow the advice of your doctor.