After Placement of Dental Implants

After the placement of dental implants, do not disturb the wound.  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.

Sutures

Sutures, if placed, may dissolve or fall out in 2 to 5 days post op. Any remaining sutures will be removed at your 1 week post operative office visit.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack in the area of surgery. We recommend frozen peas in a ziploc baggie. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.

Diet

You may resume your normal diet after the local anecthesia wears off. Try not to chew in the area of the implant for 1 week.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild to moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol  every 3-4 hours or 200mg to 400mg of Ibuprofen (Advil) may be take every 6 hours.  For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. We recommend taking all pain medicine with food to lessen the potential gastrointestinal effects. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to it or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed until all the medicine is gone.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Beginning he night of surgery and until your 1 week follow up visit,  warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, 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

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 7 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

Gonzalez & Carr

Oral Facial Surgery