After Placement of Dental Implants
Post-Op Instructions After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
PAIN and SWELLING
Swelling will increase over the next 72 hours before it improves.
Ice your face over the surgical site for the first 24 hours. Apply ice for 20 minutes every hour as needed. The ice pack should be applied to the skin overlying the surgical site. After the first 24 hours, you may then apply heat to the skin overlying the surgical site. Follow the instructions on the provided ice/heat pack. An ice pack/heat pack has been provided.
Sleep with your head elevated at 30-45 degrees until swelling improves.
Pain may last for as long as 7-10 days.
Bleeding may occur from the surgical site. It should be a light ooze. If this occurs, apply a ball of gauze over the area and close your mouth to hold pressure. Hold pressure for approximately 15-20 minutes. You may use a black tea bag instead of gauze. If you are concerned about the bleeding, please contact the office.
Eat soft foods for the next week. Soft foods include the following: soups, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, bananas, smoothies, noodle dishes, rice dishes, overly cooked vegetables, eggs, tofu, shredded meats or flaky fish.
Try to avoid using a straw for 2 weeks following the procedure.
No strenuous exercise for one week. Elevated heart rate will increase bleeding and pain at the surgical sites. You may walk and perform daily activities without concern. Do not go into pools or ocean for one week.
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Brush your teeth as normal using a soft tooth brush. You may resume using an electric tooth brush once your gums are no longer tender. Gently swish and spit twice daily with provided salt water rinse. Do not use a water pik until your follow up appointment. Do not use toothpaste containing fluoride. Do not use any other mouth rinse or apply any topical agent to the implant site.
Try to avoid cigarette smoking while healing. If you use medicinal marijuana, please continue to use with the following instructions: Please use edibles or an apparatus to minimize pressure changes within the mouth. Avoid marijuana cigarettes.
You may have 3 medications from the pharmacy: 1) antibiotic, take until finished, 2) Motrin (ibuprofen), take every 6 hours as needed, 3) narcotic (hydrocodone or oxycodone), take every 4-6 hours as needed for pain not relieved by Motrin. It is recommended to take the prescribed pain medication immediately after your procedure prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. You may then take the pain medications as needed after that.
Do NOT drive while taking the narcotic. All of these prescribed medications are safe to take together. Do Not take the narcotic and Tylenol (acetaminophen) at the same time. The narcotic contains acetaminophen. Do NOT take Motrin if you are taking a blood thinner, have a history of stomach ulcers, or have any kidney disease.
Resume taking all of your normal medications unless directed otherwise. Make sure to inform the office of all of the medications that you are currently taking.
ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
You may have sutures at the surgical sites. These sutures will be removed at your follow up appointment.
If you are wearing a removable prosthetic device to replace your missing teeth, it should not contact the surgical site at all. If it does, please contact us in order to modify the device.
If you had a “sinus lift”, do not blow your nose for 2 weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text us during business hours at Maui Facial and Dental Surgery Phone Number (808) 242-0077. If your concerns occur after hours, please text the same number and it will be received directly by Dr. Strawn.