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After 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.

Bleeding

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 one to two hours. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

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 on and off for 15-20 minute intervals, for the first 24 hours only.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid liquids or foods that are hot or spicy. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, one or two over the counter tablets of Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

CAUTION: Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics

If you have been prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Salt-water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) should be used three to four times a day and after meals. Brushing your teeth with the healing abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas.

Activity

During the first week following surgery keep physical activities to a minimum. If you 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

You may be required to not wear your partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures immediately after surgery for a period of ten to fourteen days. You may need to see your dentist for an adjustment to your appliance once the implant has been placed. This will be discussed during your consultation.