After Placement of Dental Implants

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 placing a gauze pad directly on the bleeding wound and applying pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery.  A cold pack may help minimize swelling. On occasion bruising on the skin may be noted.

Diet

Start with a soft diet such as pasta, soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, ice cream, pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, etc…..Then advance the diet as is comfortable.  Do not attempt to chew on the implant site.  Avoid hard foods that could hit the implant. Please keep in mind, you should have something to eat before taking any prescribed pain medication.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken. Ibuprofen, over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. 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 doctor not to take it.

Antibiotics

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

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Brushing your teeth and healing abutments is recommended and will not cause harm. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.

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.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should be worn only when necessary in the week following your procedure, as well as   taken out every night. Night guards may be worn as long as they not in contact with new implants.

Please refrain from smoking. Smoking will delay the healing process.