After Placement of Dental Implants
 

Do not disturb the wound.  Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.  There is often a metal healing abutment through the gingival (gum) tissue.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in 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 bleeding wound for 30 minutes.  If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery.  To minimize swelling, apply the ice pack given to you on the cheek in the area of the surgery.  Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 24 hours.  Swelling generally increases for 48-72 hours and will then decrease over the next 5-7 days.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot, spicy, citrus and/or hard foods. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery.  Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed. 

Pain

For pain take prescribed pain medication as soon as it is picked up from the pharmacy.  It is important to be ahead of the pain and to have the medication in your system before the numbness wears off.  The prescribed medication will be taken every 4 hours.  In between that 4-hour period (2 hours after prescribed medication is taken) you can take 2-3 Advil or Motrin.  You may have to follow this regimen for 5-7 days.

Oral Hygiene

You can gently brush the teeth in the area away from the surgical site starting tomorrow.  Gentle rinsing is allowed but you should not use mouthwash for 5-7 days as this will cause discomfort at the surgical site. Remember a clean wound heals better and faster.  

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