After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
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 placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Liquids and soft foods should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4-6 hours (unless otherwise directed). Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken as well (unless otherwise directed). Ibuprofen, bought over the counter usually comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 6-8 hours as needed for pain (unless otherwise directed). For severe pain, a prescribed medication may be provided to be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
If antibiotics are provided, be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Warm salt water (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) can be used after meals to help clean your mouth. Brushing your teeth after a dental implant, even with the healing abutments, is not a problem, but you should not use an electric toothbrush for two months after your implant surgery. 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 will be discussed in the pre-operative consultation. Sometimes prostheses need adjustment with your dentist to safely fit over the surgical site(s).