After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the area where the implant was placed. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the area on the day of surgery. There may be a small metal healing abutment at the gum line.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours after surgery. Excessive bleeding (if your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze or applying direct pressure to the bleeding area for 30 minutes. If excessive bleeding continues, please call our office for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To help minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) for the first 36 hours after surgery. After 36 hours, if the swelling persists, you may apply warm compresses or a heating pad on low to the cheek areas.
Drink plenty of fluids after surgery, starting off with clear liquids, like Gatorade, Jello, or apple juice. Avoid hot liquids, as this may cause bleeding. Soft foods like yogurt, ice cream, smoothies, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta, ground meat, etc, can be added to your diet after the numbness wears off. Soft foods are advisable for one week after surgery.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. You can start with taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol (as directed) . If the pain still persists, take the prescribed pain medication given to you by our office. DO NOT take any of the above medications if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take them.
Prescription for antibiotics may be given on your consultation day. Please follow instructions, as it may be advised to start them before surgery. Taking medication as prescribed is important to help prevent infection and getting the best surgical result.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, warm salt water rinses (one tsp of salt in a cup of warm water) can be used 2-3 times a day. Brush your teeth, but avoid the surgical area when brushing.
Keep physical activities to a minimum following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. For this reason, we ask that you discontinue exercise for a few days after surgery.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Avoid direct pressure over the surgical areas. Partials, dentures, or retainers may need adjustments by your dentist after implant placement. Dr. Kilkus will review this information with you.