Do NOT disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal stump slightly protruding through the gum tissue.
Some bleeding or redness 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 the office for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice) on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 24 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids and foods. Soft foods and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet 1–2 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.
Be gentle initially with brushing your teeth. Do not brush the healing abutment for the first week; instead, use the PeridexTM rinse for cleansing the implant site as directed, twice daily.
We encourage gentle brushing of the area after one week of healing. Most times, the sutures that are placed are dissolvable sutures, which will dissolve on their own in 7 days.
When a dental implant is placed, a metal healing cap is placed, which will protrude through the gum tissue. It is very important for you to keep this area clean. Initially, we recommend mouth rinses with warm salt water 3 times daily and after meals. Also, rinse twice daily with prescribed mouth rinse.
Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or strain. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS
Do not wear your partial denture or flipper until the surgeon says it is all right. He or your dentist may need to adjust your partial or flipper so it does not put pressure on the implant while you are healing. We do encourage you to wear it once your surgeon has given the ok, as it will help contour the soft tissue for a more natural appearance when your final crown is placed.
Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing forces during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.
If you notice the metal healing cap on top of the implant moving or coming loose, please contact our office right away so we can retighten the healing cap without additional procedures. This is not a common occurrence.