Following dental implant surgery, it is important to avoid disturbing the wound. On the day of your procedure, avoid touching it, rinsing your mouth, or spitting.
It is typical to experience minor bleeding or red saliva for the first 24 hours following surgery. If you have excessive bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze for half an hour. Ensure that the gauze pad is placed directly over the incision site. If bleeding persists, contact our office.
Swelling is a regular occurrence after any kind of surgery, and the best way to control it is by applying ice to the side of the face with the implants. For the first 36 hours after surgery, use ice consistently while awake and keep your head elevated when possible. Swelling will peak in 2-3 days and then gradually subside. After 72 hours, discontinue the icing and apply a heat pack or warm washcloth with gentle massage 3-4 times daily.
Following the placement of dental implants, you will want to get plenty of fluids. On the day of surgery, stick to soft foods and liquids, then advance to a regular diet as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. After surgery, you may have a small visible metal healing cap connected to your implant(s) that protrudes slightly through the gum tissue. If present, it is essential not to chew directly on this healing cap for several months. We recommend gently brushing and cleaning this cap daily to keep it and the surrounding tissues clean.
If you experience mild to moderate pain, you may take 1-2 tablets of Tylenol® or Extra Strength Tylenol® every 6 hours. Ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) can also help control pain, swelling, and inflammation. Ibuprofen generally comes in 200mg tablets; your doctor may suggest a 600mg dosage every 6 hours or an 800mg dosage every 8 hours.
Your doctor may prescribe narcotic pain medications for more severe pain. Narcotic pain medications can cause you to feel groggy, and they may also slow your reflexes. We recommend not driving, operating machinery, or drinking alcohol when taking narcotic pain medicines.
Following 72 hours after surgery, pain should become less and less pronounced each day. If discomfort persists or intensifies, contact your surgeon.
The sutures around your dental implant(s) will likely be self-dissolving. If your surgeon uses non-dissolving sutures, they will discuss this with you before discharge and arrange a follow-up visit to remove them 7-14 days following surgery. The process takes just a few minutes, does not require anesthesia, and does not cause discomfort.
Your surgeon will likely prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection around your implant(s) following surgery. Do not continue using antibiotics in case of rash or adverse reactions. Contact our office if you have questions.
Good oral hygiene is an integral part of the healing process. On the night of your surgery, use the Peridex Oral Rinse before bed, if prescribed. The day after surgery, use Peridex twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Rinse for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 2-3 times a day, especially after meals.
Brush your teeth and the healing caps like normal, and be gentle when brushing the surgical areas.
The day after your surgery, we advise keeping physical activity to a minimum. Physical activity may result in bleeding or throbbing. Also, keep in mind that, following surgery, you may not have your average level of nourishment, which means that exercise may weaken you or cause lightheadedness.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
Do not use partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures after surgery for at least 10 days to promote your recovery. If you have any questions, reach out to our office directly.