After Placement Of Dental Implants 

 

Bleeding

 

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding as if you have a cut is not normal bleeding– please call our office.   Bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues without reduction - Please call our office.

 

Swelling

 

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply a cold pack on the face in the area of the surgery. Apply the cold pack in cycles of 20 minutes on / 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours after surgery. Most swelling peaks about the third/fourth day after surgery.  The application of cold/ice packs to the outside of your face to the area corresponding to the surgical site the first twenty four hours after surgery is the best way to reduce post operative swelling and the resulting discomfort. 

 

Diet

 

Drink plenty of fluids; avoid hot liquids or foods for the rest of the day of surgery. Soft food and liquids should be eaten away from the surgical site. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

 

Pain & Antibiotics

 

You should begin taking pain medication directly after surgery before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild pain Ibuprofen /Advil /Motrin/ may be taken.  For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your primary care physician not to take it. Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

 

Oral Hygiene

 

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used 3 times daily, after breakfast, after lunch and before bed (for 14 days). Be sure to swab only, brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas and use only tooth brush included in your post-operative “goody bag”.

 

Activity

 

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following and for three to four days after surgery.  Increasing your heart rate through physical activity can increase bleeding, swelling and cause the surgical site to throb and become painful.

 

Wearing Your Prosthesis

 

Partial dentures, “flippers” or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and may be replaced as directed; this was discussed in the preoperative consultation and needs to be strictly followed.