What to expect after Dental Implant Surgery?
To help make your recovery as comfortable as possible, we have provided some basic post-op instructions. If you are experiencing extreme discomfort, or have questions or concerns, please contact our office.
You may experience bleeding, swelling, and moderate pain after your surgery. Please avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. A moistened tea bag placed for an hour works great as well. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery, and tends to develop within the first 12-24 hours after your surgery. You can help to minimize swelling, soreness, and stiffness, by applying ice in 30 minute intervals to the affected area. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength. Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete. Brush your teeth carefully, starting on the first postoperative day. Take extra caution to not irritate the surgical site.
REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
In the first 24-48 hours after surgery, keep your physical activities as limited as possible. Exercise, and other physical exertion can cause throbbing, bleeding, and discomfort. Keep your head elevated at least 45 degrees when lying down. If you experience throbbing, bleeding, or weakness, stop your activity.