After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing cap 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 2 hours. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice compress on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off as much as possible for the rest of the day.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be consumed on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 to 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4-6 hours unless you have been prescribed a narcotic pain medication. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2 tablets may also be used every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection. If diarrhea occurs, contact Cedar Rapids Oral Surgery.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Peridex oral rinse may be prescriped and should be started the night of surgery. The next day, Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed time. Be sure to rinse for at least 60 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutment region as instructed by your doctor. Be gentle with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. 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 by your oral surgeon.