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After Placement of Dental Implants

Do not disturb the area. 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, or the gum tissue may be closed over the implant completely.

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 1-2 hours. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded but can be replaced as needed. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack, or a plastic bag filled with ice, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours. After 36 hours, a warm pack will help to reduce the swelling and increase comfort.

Diet
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain
You should begin taking pain medication before or as soon as you feel the local anesthetic starting to wear off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Remember that narcotic pain medications can slow reflexes and make you groggy, making driving and operating machinery dangerous. Additionally, narcotic medications can cause upset stomach and induce vomiting. If pain or swelling increase after the first 4-5 days, call our office. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

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

Wearing your Prosthesis
Should a temporary prothesis or denture be constructed for you to wear after our implant surgery, the doctor will advise you about how and when to start wearing the replacement teeth. The doctor will discuss this with you during your presurgical consultation.