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.

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 1 hour. If bleeding continues please contact the office 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 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off, as much as possible for the first 48 -72 hours when awake.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft foods and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible. Absolutely no chewing, biting or pressure on the area of the dental implants until otherwise instructed by Dr. Clemenza.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra strength Tylenol may be taken every four hours or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) three 200mg. tablets may be taken every 6 hours.

For severe pain take the tablets prescribed for pain as directed. The prescribed pain medicine will make you tired and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics

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

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing.  Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, 8 oz.) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is okay, 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 be used as directed after surgery.  This was discussed in the pre-operative directions.