Important Instructions to Follow After Dental Implant Surgery
Give the wound time to heal and do not disturb it. Immediately after your surgery, avoid rinsing, gargling, spitting, and tooth brushing.
Light bleeding and red saliva is to be expected for a full 24 hours after surgery. Heavy bleeding from the wound can be stopped by holding a clean gauze pad to the wound for a half hour. If heavy bleeding persists, please call the office.
Swelling is a normal reaction after dental implants. To minimize swelling, place a cold compress on the cheek and hold it there for as long as possible. Continue placing fresh cold compresses on the cheek for up to 36 hours after your surgery.
After your surgery, avoid hot foods and liquids. For the first day, you will want to limit yourself to soft and cool foods and liquids. After the first 24 hours, you’ll be able to return to your normal diet!
Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be taken to manage pain. If you receive a prescription for advanced pain management, please follow the instructions as directed. Do not use alcohol or any non-prescribed narcotic for pain management.
You will receive a prescription for antibiotics to take after the surgery. Get the prescription filled as soon as possible and take as directed.
► Oral Hygiene
Follow your surgeon’s instructions with any oral rinse provided. It is necessary to keep your mouth as clean as possible. This will allow a shorter recovery period.
Refrain from strenuous exercise after surgery. Exercise increases blood flow which could, in turn, increase bleeding. A limited diet post-surgery will also weaken your body.
► Wearing your Prosthesis
Your dentures or other prosthesis should not be worn for a full ten days after surgery to give your new dental implants optimal recovery time.