After Placement of Dental Implants

Home Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, 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.

Bleeding

Some bleeding(oozing) or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 60 minutes. This may need to be repeated once or twice.  Do not spit or use a straw and stay away from hot liquids and food on the day of your procedure. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice pack, on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 24 hours only. No compresses of any kind after 24 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids and food the day of your procedure. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed. Sports drinks and Protein shakes are recommended to have for the first couple of days after surgery.  Use the protein shakes as a supplement to your diet.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as possible. Medication may be prescribed and you will be given instructions on the usage.

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the  medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.  Always take the pain medication prior to the local anesthetic wearing off.  You will not catch up with the pain if you wait to take the medication.

Antibiotics

If given an antibiotic be sure to take as prescribed  to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing.  The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily; after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals.You may brush your teeth as normal starting on day two  Always stay away from the surgical site.   

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in 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. Dr. Gianoli will adjust your appliances and tell you when to start using it.. Avoid any appliance that directly impacts the dental implant.  Implants will fail if undo pressure is applied during the healing process. Consult Dr. Gianoli before wearing any appliance.  He may adjust it so that it doesn’t interfere.