First and foremost, do not disturb the wound by rinsing, spitting, or touching. Also remember-- there will be a metal abutment protruding through your gum tissue, so be careful not to disturb it.
Below are tips to keep in mind until your wound fully heals.
- Bleeding/redness in saliva is common up to 24 hours after surgery
- Control excess bleeding by biting on a gauze pad over the wound for 30 minutes
- Call our office if your bleeding continues
To reduce swelling:
- Apply a bag or towel full of ice on the swollen cheek
- Keep the ice on the swollen cheek as much as possible for the first 36 hours after the procedure.
- Drink fluids as often as possible to remain hydrated (avoid hot liquids and food)
- Eat only soft foods the day of surgery
- Return to your normal diet when it is comfortable for you unless otherwise directed
Take pain medicine as soon as you feel the anesthetic wearing off; follow our pain guidelines:
- Moderate pain: 1 to 2 Extra Strength Tylenol every 3-4 hours OR 2-3 200mg Ibuprofen tablets every 3-4 hours as needed
- Severe pain: use medication prescribed by your doctor as directed
- Do not take any Tylenol or Ibuprofen if you are allergic or have been specifically told by your doctor to avoid such medications
- To prevent infection, take antibiotics as prescribed
- Use Peridex Oral Rinse before bed the night before surgery; rinse for at least 30 seconds
- Use Peridex twice daily the day after surgery (after breakfast and before bed)
- Utilize a warm salt water rinse 4-5 times per day (specifically after meals)
- Do not be afraid to brush your teeth, but be careful brushing around surgical area
- Exercising after surgery may lead to throbbing and bleeding, so please discontinue exercise if you exhibit either of these
Wearing Your Prosthesis
- Do not use full/partial dentures or flippers immediately after surgery
- Your doctor will instruct you on when you will be able to wear your prosthesis