Care Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, it’s important to not disturb the wound to allow it to heal. Avoid rinsing, spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery and follow these post-operative care instructions carefully:
- Bleeding. It’s normal to notice some bleeding or redness in your saliva during the first 24 hours. If you experience excessive bleeding – with your mouth filling up rapidly with blood – bite down on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, call for further instructions.
- Swelling. Don’t be concerned if you notice swelling, your body’s natural healing response to surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag (using either a plastic bag or towel filled with ice) on the cheek in the area of your surgery. Apply this ice bag continuously, as much as possible, during the first 36 hours following surgery.
- Diet. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Only soft food and liquids should be consumed on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
- Pain. Begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, take one or two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every three to four hours. As an alternative, you may take two to three 200-mg tablets of Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, take your prescribed pain medication as directed. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or if you’ve been instructed by your doctor not to take them.
- Antibiotics. To help prevent infection, take your antibiotics as prescribed.
- Oral hygiene. Practice good oral hygiene, essential to good healing, by following these instructions. Before bed on the night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse. Beginning the day after surgery, start using Peridex twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Warm water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times per day, especially after meals. It’s OK to brush your teeth and the healing abutments, just be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
- Activity. Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you experience throbbing or bleeding with exercise, discontinue the activity.
- Wearing your prosthesis. As discussed in the pre-operative consultation, do not wear partial or full dentures or flippers for at least 10 days following surgery.