AFTER PLACEMENT OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
HOME INSTRUCTIONS AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
For about two weeks after the operation, it is advisable to follow the instructions given by your surgeon. For added clarity, here is some information essential to our patients:
Will the bleeding stop after the procedure?
It is normal to notice a little amount of blood following the procedure. Bleeding is controlled by biting down on the gauze pad placed on the bleeding area for the first 24hrs. Do not blow nose, only blot, and apply pressure. You may gently remove the gauze pad when you get home. However, if the bleeding continues after this, contact your physician.
Is it normal for the site to swell after surgery?
Yes, this is a normal occurrence following surgery. An ice pack can be placed on the outside of the cheek in the area of surgery. This will help to control the swelling a bit. Also, the head should be elevated for the first two nights after the operation to help reduce the swelling.
Do I have to change my diet?
For two days after the procedure, limit your diet to soft foods like soup, gelatin, pudding, and yogurt. Consumption of solid foods can lead to trapped food particles in your surgical site. From the third day, Semi-liquid foods can be taken. Avoid crunchy, hard foods, smoking, and alcoholic. Normal diet can be resumed after one week. Drink plenty of water.
Is it Painful?
The doctor may prescribe some pain medications for you, take them as prescribed. Report to the doctor in the event of any side effect.
You may be prescribed some antibiotics, take them as directed to prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene aids the healing process. Use the prescribed oral rinse as directed, be sure to rinse for at least 30seconds before spitting out. Use warm salt water rinses 4-5 times daily. Gently brush your teeth while avoiding the surgical site. Avoid the use of commercial mouthwashes or sprays and avoid wearing mouth appliances like night guards, retainers and dentures for about ten days or as the doctor directed
Rest is essential to fast recovery. Physical activities should be kept to a minimum following surgery. Do not drive or operate machinery for the first 24hrs after the operation or a week if possible.
Wearing your Prosthesis
The healing process can be jeopardized by wearing of dentures. Flippers or dentures should not be worn until it is refitted or relined by your general dentist.