AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS
After you have new dental implants, care of your mouth will be critical. You should not rinse, spit or touch the wound for at least 24 hours after your surgery. It is normal for some blood to appear in your saliva for the first 24 hours and if you have heavy bleeding, you should be able to control it by biting down on a gauze pad. If the bleeding continues to be excessive, you should contact us immediately. As with any type of surgery, swelling is normal and can be minimized using ice packs as often as possible for the first 2 to 3 days after surgery. You should drink plenty of fluids but avoid hot fluids and foods and you should also return to as normal a diet as possible and as quickly after surgery as possible, unless we've directed you to follow a soft diet. Whether we have prescribed a pain medication or you are taking over the counter medications, you should take them prior to the local anesthesia wearing off. If the doctor prescribed Ibuprofen, you cannot take Motrin over the counter since it is the same medication. They may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. Do not take anything that you might have an allergy to or if we've instructed you to avoid. Most likely we have prescribed an antibiotic to avoid infection in the surgical wound and you should take this medication as directed. It is essential to ensure proper healing that you take good care of your mouth while you are healing from surgery. You should use Peridex as prescribed by us before bed the night of your surgery and use twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) the day after your surgery. You should rinse as prescribed and also use warm salt water rinses at least four to five times a day (especially after meals) to aid in the healing process. When brushing avoid the surgical site the first 48 hours unless instructed by the doctor or staff directly. You may not feel up to a lot of physical activity but if you should decide to exercise, be aware that this may cause a throbbing feeling in your surgical area and may also cause additional bleeding. Since you may not be back on your regular diet, this may impact your ability to exercise as well. If you have dentures, 'flippers' or other prosthetic devices, we will discuss when it is appropriate for you to begin wearing them again after surgery.