Immediately Following Surgery
Congragulations!!! You have completed your first phase of implant therapy; the surgical placement of your dental implant(s). Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protrudingthrough the gingival (gum) tissue. This is normal.Sometimes the after-effects of surgery are quite minimal, so not all of the instructions may apply. However, when in doubt, follow these guidelines or call our office. Please note that there is no additional charge for your post-operative care in our office!
In most cases, there will be minimal bleeding since the wound is often closed with sutures. If used, the sutures are usually the dissolving type which will fall out on their own 5–10 days after surgery. Some bleeding and oozing may be expected during the first 24 hours. Please keep firm biting pressure on the gauze pack over the surgery site for about one hour. Remove the gauze and then check the site for bleeding. If significant bleeding continues, a new gauze pack should be placed and firm pressure should be applied for one hour. Repeat as necessary. A tea bag can be used if your gauze supply runs low. Avoid vigorous chewing, spitting, or rinsing your mouth or sucking through a straw for 24 hours. Allowing the tissues to rest undisturbed assists the healing process. Avoid continually pulling at your lip to check the operative site.
Depending on the procedure, you may or may not experience swelling. Swelling may be at a maximum about 2 or 3 days after surgery. Keeping your head elevated (in a recliner or on several pillows) will reduce swelling. Ice packs applied continuously are helpful for the first 2-4hrs or so.Ice should not be used after the first 24 hours.
The day following your procedure, it is recommended that you begin rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater rinses (1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water). Continue rinsing with the saltwater mixture approximately 3 or 4 times a day over the next few days following your surgery. Brush your teeth and gums as normal except be gentle in area where procedure was performed. Do not use a waterpik® or like device or hydrogen peroxide rinses for at least 2 weeks following surgery. If so prescribed by us, a chlorhexidine rinse may be used twice or thrice daily instead of salt water.
Limit physical activity during the first 24–48 hours after surgery. Overexertion may lead to post-operative bleeding and discomfort. When you lie down, keep your head elevated on a pillow. You may wish to place a towel on your pillowcase to avoid staining from any blood-tainted saliva.
You should begin taking prescribed pain medication as soon as you feel the local anaesthetic wearing off. Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.For severe pain,the prescribed medication should b e taken as directed.Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic,or have been instructed by your doctor/physician not to take it.
The day of your surgery, start with nourishing liquids and soft/colder foods, such as ice cream, pudding, yogurt, etc. Avoid extremely hot foods, foods with sharp edges (chips, pretzels, etc.), and do not chew immediately over the surgery area. Avoid straws for the first 24 hours. Gradually return to your normal diet as tolerated.
AVOID Carbonated Beverages And Hot Liquids For 48 Hours.
Foods To Drink And Eat While Numb:
• Water Kichdi/ Soft-Cooked Rice And Vegetables
• Juice Yogurt
Milkshake (No Straw)
Soft Foods When Numbness Is Gone
- Kichdi/ Soft-Cooked Rice And Vegetables.
- Soft Boiled Or Scrambled Eggs
- Boiled Fish Or Stewed Chicken
- Creamed Cereals
- Soups (Be Careful-Not Too Hot)
Increase Diet As Tolerated
PLEASE Do Not Smoke For 24 Hours. Smoking May Dry Out The Tissues And Delay Healing. Smoking Can Also Cause You To Bleed More And For Longer Periods Of Time.
We Will Notify You When Your Implant Is Ready For Restoration; Typically, 10 To 12 Weeks Following Implant Placement.
* KINDLY NOTE: MANDATORY TO VISIT OUR OFFICE EVERY SIX MONTHS FOR REGULAR FOLLOW UPS. REQUEST FOR A MANDATORY CHECK-UP WITHIN 72 HRS AFTER TREATMENT COMPLETION *
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