After Placement of Dental Implants

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Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. You may have had a custom healing abutment or metal healing abutment placed which you will be able to see through the gum tissue. Do not chew on the abutment until cleared by your surgeon.

Bleeding

Some bleeding (blood tinged saliva) or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the site for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling & Bruising

Swelling and sometimes bruising is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply ice packs (frozen vegetable bag). Keeping your head elevated will also help reduce swelling. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food for 2 to 3 days. Cool soft foods and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Avoid chewing in the area of your surgery until directed by your surgeon. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

We want to minimize your discomfort as much as possible, but every procedure is partnered with pain. You should begin taking your prescribed medication before the local anesthetic wears off. For most procedures, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours along with Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 3-4 tablets may be taken every 6-8 hours as needed for pain. Studies have shown, 600 mg’s of Ibuprofen taken every 6 hours is as effective as narcotics. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

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 may be worn as directed by the surgeon. Otherwise, minimize wearing the prosthesis after the first week of the surgery. If you have questions please call your surgeon.

Antibiotics

If you are prescribed an antibiotic, please take it as prescribed.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. You may brush your teeth the night of the surgery, however, avoid the surgical site for at least one week or until directed by your surgeon. If you were prescribed the Peridex Oral Rinse, you may start the day after surgery.  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 (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.

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Bountiful, UT 84010
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Pleasant View, UT 84414
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