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Dental Implants

Care of the mouth following a surgical procedure is essential in the healing process.

CARE OF THE MOUTH

  • Smoking nicotine or marijuana can triple¬†the failure rate of the implant. Avoid all smoking for the first month following¬†the implant surgery.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water two to three times a day (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1/2 cup warm water) for one week to improve circulation and soothe the tissues.
  • Rinse for 30 seconds twice daily with the prescribed mouthwash for the first two weeks.
  • Do not brush the surgical site for one week. Resume gentle brushing and flossing of remaining mouth as normal.
  • Avoid use of alcohol, carbonated and hot drinks after surgery.

BLEEDING

  • Some bleeding and oozing may occur for 48 hours following surgery. Avoid spitting and use of a straw as they may provoke oozing. If bleeding persists, bite on a gauze pad or tea bag until it subsides (ie. Lipton Tea bag, not an herbal tea).
  • If bleeding becomes brisk and quickly fills the mouth contact our office or the emergency room immediately.

DIET

  • It is important to maintain good nutrition following surgery.
  • When an anesthetic has been used, you may remain numb in the area for several hours after your appointment. Avoid hot beverages and chewing until the numbness has completely worn off to prevent biting or burning your tongue, cheeks and lips.
  • A diet of liquids and soft foods is recommended for the first few days following the surgery (yogurt, pasta, soup, etc.).
  • Drink as many fluids as possible for three days following your surgery.

MEDICATION

  • The greatest amount of discomfort can be expected in the first six to eight hours after the procedure.
  • If a prescription was given, use as directed. The prescription should be filled promptly and taken exactly as directed before the local anesthetic wears off. Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach as it may cause nausea.
  • If a prescription was not given, 600 mg of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc) can be taken every six hours.
  • If an antibiotic was given, please continue to take as directed, even if you are feeling okay.
  • If itching or rash develops, discontinue all medications and contact our office or the emergency room immediately.
  • Use caution if taking aspirin containing products as they may interfere with normal blood clotting.

SWELLING

  • Some degree of swelling, discoloration and bruising is normal and can be minimized with the use of ice or cold packs applied to the face at the extraction site for 20 minutes and then removed for 20 minutes. This should only be done for the first 6-8 hours after surgery.
  • Heat may be applied 24 hours after the surgery.
  • Maximum swelling will occur about the second or third post-operative day and then slowly recede.

IMPORTANT

  • The bone is trying to bond around the implant. Do not push or put any force on the implant.

Please contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.