After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. Often 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. Apply the ice for 20 minutes on and off, as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Avoid chewing on the site(s) where the implant(s) has been placed. Follow any dietary restrictions that Dr. Dobbin has recommended.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be taken. For 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. Commencing the following day, warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, especially after meals. You may brush your teeth but avoid brushing teeth adjacent to the sites of the implants. Use a Q-tip to clean the abutments. Do not use toothpaste on the abutments.
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.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Please consult with Dr. Dobbin when your prosthesis can be used.