The success of your dental implant procedure is dependent on the care you take of your wounds and the time you allow yourself for healing. Be sure to follow after care instructions carefully for your best results and for your comfort. If you experience any complications, please call our offices at 818-696-4425 to speak with Dr. Elias regarding your recovery.
Please adhere to the following care guidelines for the treatment of your dental implant wounds:
- Do not irritate the wound by touching or disturbing the affected area.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting on the day of surgery, as you will be fitted with a metal healing abutment which will protrude through the gum tissue.
- Bleeding: Slight bleeding or some redness in your saliva is normal for 24 hours following your procedure. If you experience excessive bleeding, place a gauze pad directly on the wound and bite down for 30 minutes. If this rapid bleeding continues, please call us for further instructions.
- Swelling: Some swelling is completely normal following surgery. To control or minimize swelling, ice the affected cheek externally. Healing will be accelerated by controlling swelling, so we recommend continuously applying ice for the first 36 hours following your procedure.
- Diet: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep your body hydrated. Avoid hot liquids and only eat soft foods the day of surgery. You can return to a normal diet as soon as possible, unless Dr. Elias directs you otherwise.
- Antibiotics: Take prescribed antibiotics as instructed.
- Pain: As soon as you feel your anesthetic wearing off, you should begin taking pain medication. Dr. Elias may give you specific instructions based on allergies to medication or your specific case, but typically moderate pain can be controlled with 1-2 Tylenol (or Extra Strength Tylenol) every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen is a comparable option (Advil or Motrin) instead of Tylenol. With 200 mg tablets, you may take 2-3 every 3-4 hours as needed. Any prescribed medication for severe pain should be taken only as directed. Avoid any of these medications if you are allergic or have been instructed otherwise by Dr. Elias.
- Oral Hygiene: With oral surgery, keeping good hygiene is essential in proper healing. On the night of surgery, use your prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The rinse should be used for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. The next day, use the Peridex twice daily (after breakfast and again before bed). Rinse with salt water at least 4-5 times daily to keep the area clean, especially after meals. Continue to brush your teeth regularly, taking care to be gentle on the operated areas.
- Activity: Physical activity, especially exercise, accelerates circulation and blood pressure and can often cause throbbing or bleeding at the wound site. Avoid strenuous activity immediately following the surgery, especially because your diet will be restricted and not sufficient to strengthen and fuel you through an exercise routine.
- Wearing your prosthesis: No prostheses, including partial dentures, flippers or full dentures, should be used immediately after surgery. Avoid using these for at least 10 days, or as instructed during your consultation and after surgery.