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.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 20-30 minutes for the first two hours. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.
After undergoing a dental implant placement, it is essential to prioritize your oral health by following proper post-operative instructions. One crucial aspect of recovery is maintaining adequate hydration, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. However, remember to avoid hot liquids or food, as they can disrupt the healing process. Instead, opt for soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery to minimize discomfort and promote a smooth recovery. While you may have temporary dietary restrictions initially, aim to return to your normal diet as soon as possible unless instructed otherwise by your dentist. By adhering to these guidelines with utmost care and attention, you can contribute significantly towards achieving optimal results from your dental implant procedure without compromising your overall well-being.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours as directed. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of or along with Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter, comes in 200 mg tablets: two tablets may be taken every four hours as needed for pain.
For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Note that prescription pain medication can contain Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen so be careful if taking additional over-the-counter (OTC) meds. You may want to discuss with your doctor prior to such use. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
After undergoing a dental implant placement, it is essential to prioritize your oral health and follow the post-operative instructions diligently. One critical aspect of these instructions involves taking the prescribed antibiotics as directed to minimize the risk of infection. Antibiotics play a vital role in preventing potential complications that may arise from this invasive procedure. The specific antibiotics you should take will be determined by your dentist or oral surgeon based on various factors such as your overall health, any pre-existing conditions, and potential allergies you may have. It is also crucial to strictly adhere to the recommended dosage and frequency outlined by your healthcare professional.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Warm saltwater rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
After undergoing dental implant surgery, it is crucial to be mindful of the physical activities you engage in. While a speedy recovery may tempt you to resume your usual exercise routine, it is essential to keep physical activities to a minimum initially. The intensity of exercise can trigger throbbing or bleeding at the surgical site, which should be promptly addressed by discontinuing any exertion. Additionally, it is important to remember that regular nourishment might not be possible right after the procedure. This lack of proper nutrition could weaken your body further and consequently limit your ability to participate in strenuous exercises. Prioritizing rest and allowing your body sufficient time for healing will undoubtedly contribute positively toward successful dental implant placement and overall well-being.
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least two weeks, as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.