The following will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants. It is imperative that you follow these instructions carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s).
Do NOT disturb the wound. Avoid touching the wound or spitting for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal cap slightly protruding through the gum tissue; it is okay if your toothbrush touches this occasionally.
Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. You can control bleeding by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues after 24 hours, please call the office for further instructions.
Swelling is normal after surgery and may be a cause of post-implant discomfort. Swelling typically peaks by the third to fourth day and then starts to resolve; it can be reduced by the use of an ice pack. Apply the ice pack to the side of your face for 10 minutes; transfer it to the opposite side for another 10 minutes. Continue icing the face for at least 24 hours. Do not freeze the skin. Ice packs are most useful for the first 24 hours. Also, keep your head elevated on 2 pillows for 3–4 days. These measures will not eliminate swelling, but they will help to reduce its severity.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or foods. Soft foods and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet as tolerated after surgery unless otherwise directed.
Warm saltwater rinses can be used 4–5 times a day, especially after meals, and Peridex™ (chlorhexidine) can be used 3–4 times a day, if given.
Make sure to take all prescribed antibiotics until they are finished.
Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or straining.