After Placement of Dental Implants

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Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing cap 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 moist 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 bag on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as often as possible, for the first 24-36 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 possible unless otherwise directed. Avoid chewing food on the surgery site.

Discomfort

You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. If instructed so by your doctor, for mild discomfort use aspirin, regular strength Tylenol or any similar medication; two tablets every four to six hours as needed for discomfort relief. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg can be taken two tablets every four to six hours with food. If you still have discomfort despite taking Advil as above, take one of your prescribed pain pills every four to six hours or as instructed by your doctor at your appointment. If the discomfort does not begin to subside in two days, or increases after two days, please call our office. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by any of your doctors not to take it.

Antibiotics

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed until completed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, swab the surgical area with the Chlorhexidine Oral Solution three times daily, after breakfast, lunch and before bed. Paint the area several times with the extra-soft toothbrush provided. Warm salt-water soaks for 2 minutes (one level teaspoon of salt in a 12 ounce glass of warm water) should be done at least six times a day, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing near 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 may not be taking normal nourishment post-operatively. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing Your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers (temporary treatment partial dentures), or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least ten days unless otherwise instructed by your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Please call us at Scripps Medical Building, Carmel Valley Phone Number 858-793-3393 with any questions or concerns.