After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Care Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. 

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal following surgery. If you experience excessive bleeding which cannot be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound, please contact the office for further instructions. 

Swelling

Swelling is a normal common 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 20 minutes on than 20 minutes off to the effected area, for the first 12 hours. 

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as you are comfortable taking care to avoid chewing directly on the site of the implant surgery.

Pain

Your doctor has prescribed the appropriate medications for you based on your surgical procedure and medical condition. Please follow the instructions as written on the bottle. If you have any questions or experience any untoward side effects, contact our office.

Antibiotics

Be sure to take the full course of the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. If you experience any untoward side effects, contact our office.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed oral rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the rinse should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (one half teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. You may begin to brush your teeth as usual the evening of surgery.  However, avoid direct contact with the surgical site(s) until your post operative appointment.

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 unless instructed by your surgeon.