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 abutment 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 firmly on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag wrapped in a paper towel, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible while awake, for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food while you are numb. Soft food and liquids should be eaten 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 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
If Dr. Holly has prescribed and antibiotic, be sure to take the antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day of surgery, brush your teeth before your appointment. Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery until bed time when you have gently brushed you teeth avoiding the surgical area. The following day warm water rinses should be used at least 4-5 times a day, especially after meals. Follow Dr. Holly’s instruchtions about brushing your teeth and the healing abutments. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. Dr. Holly recommends only light excerise until he has seen you for your post-operative appointment – approximately one week following surgery. 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 or until Dr. Holly has seen you for your first post-surgical appointment.. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.