Post-Operative Instructions: Dental ImplantsBACK
The following will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants. It is imperative that you follow these instructions carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s).
DO NOT disturb the wound. Avoid touching the wound or spitting for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal cap slightly protruding through the gum tissue.
Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. You can control excessive bleeding (where your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30–40 minutes. If bleeding persists, you may substitute a tea bag for the gauze. Wet the tea bag with hot water, squeeze it damp-dry, and wrap it in a moist gauze. Apply pressure over the surgical area for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call the office for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice) on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice, 20 min on and 20 min off, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or foods. Soft foods and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. To help avoid failure, do not bite directly on the implant. You may gradually return to a normal diet 2–3 days after surgery unless otherwise directed. We recommend eating something before taking narcotic pain medication to prevent nausea.
Warm salt water rinses can be made by mixing a ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and should be used at least 3–4 times a day, especially after meals.
Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas. Be sure to turn off your ultrasonic toothbrush when brushing over the implants.
Keep physical activities to a minimum and avoid hard, crunchy foods for several days following surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or straining. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.