After Placement of Dental Implants
Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
*Patients having surgery involving sedation or general anesthesia should plan to rest at home the day of surgery and the day after.
*Patients that have been prescribed narcotic pain medications and /or have had sedation or general anesthesia should not drive, operate machinery, or sign legal documents for 24 hours after the last medication.
*If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to take all that have been prescribed as directed. For female patients, please note that certain antibiotics may neutralize the preventive effect of birth control pills, allowing for conception and pregnancy.
*It is in your best interest not to smoke following surge1y. Smoking can delay wound healing.
Bleeding You may have oozing of blood for 24-48 hours after surgery, but no heavy bleeding should occur. If heavy bleeding occurs return to the office or call for instructions. Moist gauze should be placed over the surgical site(s) for approximately one hour following surgery and repeated as needed. Avoid spitting, sucking, and the use of straws during the first few days following surgery.
Swelling is a normal body reaction to surgery and will develop over 48 hours following surgery. Bruising may also develop, which is also normal. Ice should be applied to the outside of your face in the area of the surgical site, if needed. The swelling should begin to subside on the third or fourth day following surgery but may not be completely resolved until 7-10 days after surgery.
Eat normal regular meals as soon as you are able after surgery. Cold, soft foods such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. Foods which contain seeds, nuts, or kernels such as popcorn and peanuts or are hard and crunchy should be avoided for several days following surgery.
Post-operative pain is very common during the first 2-3 days following surgery. Please take the prescribed medication as directed.
For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.
If you experience numbness of the lip chin or tongue that does not resolve within 10 days following surgery please call our office (402) 463-3088.
The best way to help prevent infection is to take your antibiotics (if prescribed) and keep your mouth as clean as possible. You may start brushing and rinsing the day after surgery. Please rinse with warm salt water (1/4″ to l/2″ teaspoon per cup of water) approximately 3-5 times a day for seven days following surgery.
Oral cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal, beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth normally if possible. Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.
REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.