Post-Dental Implant Surgery
Care Instructions At Home
Oral Facial & Implant Specialists have some care instructions that we recommend our patients follow post-surgeries.
- Do not touch the wound, bite on the area or spit excessively to help minimize overall disturbance to the wound.
- Bleeding or red saliva is normal post-dental implant surgery (and can continue for up to 24 hours). If your mouth fills up with blood excessively, bite down on a piece of gauze (we will provide you with gauzes prior to leaving our practice).
- Please contact our clinic if bleeding is uncontrollable.
Swelling is an extremely common side effect following surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag covered with a towel to the surgical area. It is recommended that you apply ice to the area as much as possible, for up to 36 hours post-surgery. You can apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, then rest the area for another 20 minutes, then re-apply the ice.
Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids post-surgery; avoid hot liquids, soups and hot foods in general, but soft foods and liquids (such as smoothies, yoghurts, ice cream), can be eaten on the day post-surgery. You can start returning to a normal diet as soon as possible, unless otherwise directed by your oral surgeon.
You should start taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate to severe pain, our surgeons recommend taking two Ibuprofen (400mg total) every 3-4 hours. Consult our practice for individuals under 18 and avoid taking more than two different types of medications at the same time.
For extremely severe pain and throbbing, the prescribed medication should be taken, as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them or have been instructed by your surgeon.
It is also recommended that you do not drive an automobile or work around machinery for the first 36 hours after surgery and avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Should pain persist after 36 hours post-surgery, please consult our practice.
Please take the prescribed antibiotics as directed by your oral surgeon to minimize infection. Our surgeons recommend that you complete the course of antibiotics. We also recomended taking probiotics while on antibiotics.
Practicing good oral hygiene is an essential part of healing the surgical wound. In the evening post surgery, take the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse prior to sleeping. The next day after surgery, Peridex should be used twice daily; after breakfast and again prior to sleeping; rinse for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out.
Regular warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) can be used up to 4-5 times a day, particularly after a meal. It is recommended that you continue brushing your teeth and any healing abutments twice a day; but be sure you are gentle with the surgical areas.
Refrain from any strenuous physical activity (such as cardiovascular routines, hot yoga or swimming and cycling), immediately following surgery for at least 72 hours. Our surgeons recommend that you do light exercise (such as walking and gentle stretching). If you experience any discomfort while walking or stretching, discontinue the exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Refrain from wearing partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures following surgery for at least 10 days, as discussed in the pre-operative consultation with your oral surgeon.