Implant Post Op Instructions

After receiving 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 which allows the tissue to healing around the implant.

Bleeding [+]

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 60 minutes. The key is to bite over the surgical area with firm pressure. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling [+]

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery.  Swelling typically peaks 48-72 hours after surgery. This is the body’s normal response. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first couple of days. After two days, warm, moist heat can be applied over the surgical area. Stiffness in the jaw is not uncommon following the implant placement. If swelling starts to increase significantly past day 3, please call our office as this could be a sign of an infection.

Diet [+]

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. A soft diet could include but is not limited to yogurt, milk shakes, scrambled eggs, noodles, mac and cheese, SpaghettiOs, blenderized foods, mashed potatoes, and Jell-O.  Avoid popcorn, nuts, chips, seeds, or anything else that could lodge their way into the surgical site. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain [+]

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild pain, Ibuprofen or Tylenol may be all this is needed. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. If the prescribed medication contains Tylenol (APAP), do not take more Tylenol on top of this as it may cause liver damage. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.  If you develop any allergic response, itching, hives, swelling, please stop taking the medication immediately and call our office.

Antibiotics [+]

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.  If you develop an allergic response such as itching, hives, swelling, please stop the medication and call our office.  If you are on birth control and take an antibiotic, this can interfere with the effectiveness of the birth control, so please use alternative birth control measures. Also, if you develop any diarrhea while taking an antibiotic or after taking an antibiotic, please contact our office as this can be the sign of a serious medical problem.

Oral Hygiene [+]

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed, for at least a week following oral surgery. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then gently 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.

Activity [+]

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.

Please call our office with any other questions or concerns.