After Placement of Dental Implants
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.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva 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 for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery for 20min on/20 min off while awake for the first 72 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten following surgery for 1 week. Return to a normal diet after 1 week unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate to severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, warm salt water rinses ( 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.
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To learn more about pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Russell, call our office at The Maryland Oral Surgery Group Phone Number 301-967-0183.