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Dental Implants

Pre-Operative General Instructions

Pre-Operative Instructions for IV and Oral Sedation

After Placement of Dental Implants

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will 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 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, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as often as possible, for the first 24 hours.

HOT APPLICATIONS:  You may apply warm compresses to the skin over the areas of swelling (hot water bottle, hot moist towels, heating pad) for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to help soothe tender areas.  This will also help decrease swelling and stiffness.

HEALING:  Normal healing after tooth extraction should be as follows: The first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling.  On the third day you should be more comfortable, although still swollen, can usually begin a more substantial diet. The remainder of the post-operative course should be gradual, steady improvement.  If you don’t see continued improvement, please call our office.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids/foods and spicy food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery and 2-3 days following. Return to a normal diet 3-4 days after procedure, unless otherwise directed. Do not bite into anything hard in the area of the implant during the entire healing process.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off, approximately 60 minutes after procedure. For pain, take the Motrin (Ibuprofen) and prescribed pain medications as directed. DO NOT exceed 4,000mg of Tylenol and 2,400mg of Motrin/Ibuprofen within a 24 hour period.

Antibiotics

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

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, Periosciences oral rinse should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then expectorate. Warm salt-water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth with the healing abutment is not a problem; avoid using an electric toothbrush over the healing abutment.  Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas. Starting post-op day 3, stop using Periosciences oral rinse and begin using a Q-Tip dipped in Periosciences oral rinse to keep the healing abutment clean. Please make sure to clean around the area in a clockwise direction. Otherwise, the healing abutment may loosen or fall off. If this happens, call the office immediately.

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.

Smoking

Do not smoke for at least two weeks after surgery, if at all. As discussed at your consultation, smoking dramatically increases the risks of bone graft and implant failure.

Wearing Your Prosthesis

You may wear your prosthesis after it is adjusted by your Dentist or Oral Surgeon. A temporary prosthesis is only for aesthetics and should NOT be used for any kind of chewing.

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