Care After Implant Surgery
After your implant surgery, proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Do not rinse or use a mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse
with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz. of warm water) every 1 – 2 hours. (The use of commercial mouthwashes during the healing period is not encouraged.) Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Avoid drinking through a straw and avoid smoking for 24 hours.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for the next day. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or by biting on a tea bag which has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for 60 minutes. Repeat as often as needed. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after implant 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 much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel pain. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. 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 physician not to take it. If you get a generalized rash, itching, or allergic reaction please call the dentist immediately.
If we directed you to take antibiotics be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, avoid brushing the surgical area. You may carefully use a toothbrush in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster. Afterward, brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas. A clean mouth heals faster.
We often use “dissolving” stitches. They dissolve on their own. If non-resorbable sutures were used, you must return for their removal on the appointment date given.
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.
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures may need to be adjusted to avoid pressure on the surgical area. They should not be used immediately after surgery if you were directed not to use them.
Do not hesitate to call us at 718-543-3704 if any questions arise.