After Dental Implant Surgery

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

  • 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

Swelling

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.

Diet

  • 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

Pain

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

Antibiotics

  • To prevent infection, take antibiotics as prescribed

Oral Hygiene

  • 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

Activity

  • 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

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