Dental Implant Surgery
Post Operative Instructions Following Dental Implant Surgery
How to take care of your mouth
- Do not rinse your mouth, spit, drink from a straw or smoke immediately after dental surgery. These activities may dislodge the newly formed clot, which may cause bleeding from your surgical site.
- AVOID hot, spicy or hard foods immediately after dental surgery. It is important to drink plenty of fluids and to keep some food in your stomach. A soft diet, that is high in protein, is recommended.
Pain, Swelling, Bruising and Discomfort
- Pain, swelling and bruising are all possible following surgery.
- Avoid strenuous work or play. You should rest and sleep with your head slightly elevated on the opposite side of the surgical site. Place an ice pack on the surgical site to reduce discomfort and swelling. The ice pack should be left on the face for fifteen minutes and then removed from the face for ten minutes. Repeat this pattern for the first two hours after the surgery has been performed.
Do not blow your nose
- Usually, upper posterior implants with less bone support need surgery near the sinus. In these cases, do not blow your nose for at least two weeks. If you have a runny or stuffy nose, use a cold medication for relief. If you snore, sleep with your head elevated.
Brushing and Rinsing
- You may use your toothbrush as you normally do to brush your natural teeth only. Do not use a brush near the surgical site until you return for your check up appointment. Instead, gently rinse the toothpaste from your mouth. Then, rinse your mouth with Peridex (to kill bacteria) twice per day for three seconds,
- Start the PERIDEX 5 days after you surgery for one week only.
- After the first week you should place a small amount of the Peridex on a soft toothbrush (or Q-Tip) and gently clean around the surgical site. Using the Peridex in this way will minimize staining of your teeth and reduce effects to your taste buds. This will also minimize the amount of Peridex used while maximizing its positive effects.
- You will be given three prescriptions, they are: a pain medication, an antibiotic to prevent post-operative infections and the Peridex rinse previously described. Take these medications exactly as prescribed for best results.
- You must try to maintain a proper diet while taking these medications.
- Please contact our office should you need more pain medication. Do not suffer needlessly with pain.
- If you are experiencing an adverse reaction to any of the medications, such as nausea, vomiting, a rash or severe stomach irritation, discontinue the medication and contact our office.
- It is normal for the surgical site to have some residual bleeding for the first few hours following the surgery. If there is bleeding, do not try to stop the bleeding by rinsing, as that will make the bleeding worsen. Instead, apply direct pressure to the bleeding area by biting on gauze for at least fifteen minutes.
- You must return to our office within the first two weeks (following the surgery) to have the sutures removed and to make sure the site is healing properly.
- Smoking will interfere with proper healing and increase post-operative pain. Please refrain from smoking.
Signs and Symptoms to look for after an implant is place
- Symptoms can indicate a variety of problems. Heat in the jaw or a hot feeling that will not go away around the site of the implant generally indicates infection. Loose implants that wiggle or remain sore after the healing process indicate that the implant is not securely set in the bone. Some substances that are used for dental implants, such as porcelain, can cause problems for some people because they are very hard and do not absorb shock well. This can make the entire mouth painful while you are chewing depending on how you chew and how sensitive your other teeth are.
- If you are experiencing any problems please contact the office at: Washington DC Office Phone Number 202-912-9200 or Old Town Alexandria Office Phone Number 703-299-4614