After Placement of Dental Implants - Post Surgical Instructions
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will often be a metal healing cap protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue. The position of the implants and the type of healing caps will generally be discussed at the consultation and noted after the procedure.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Bleeding can be controlled by applying pressure with the guaze pads supplied by us at the time of your procedure. If bleeding continues or is excessive please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply ice as directed.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft cool food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed generally avoiding the implant site.
Unfortunately pain is a normal part of the post surgical recovery. We will do everything we can to help minimize your discomfort but it should be expected. You will be given pain medications as well as instructions for taking them. You will have the best result by staying on the prescribed regimen.
If you have been prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Warm saltwater rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 45 times a day. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. 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.
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures will usually be modified so that you may still use them. Sometimes it is not possible to use them and alternatives will be discussed. This is usually decided in the preoperative consultation.
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