After Placement of Dental Implants

Please 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 gingiva (gum) tissue.

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 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, please apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Please apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Please drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Thereafter, please 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 to moderate pain, please take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Ibuprofen, bought over the counter, comes in 200 mg tablets.  You may take 2-3 tablets every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, please take the prescribed medication 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.

Antibiotics

Please be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 6-8 times a day, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth, and any healing abutment if present, is very important.  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.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days, unless otherwise directed by Dr. Miller.