INSTRUCTIONS AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS

Do not disturb the surgery site. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the surgery site on the day of surgery. Do not smoke for at least 72 hours after surgery. Sometimes there will be a metal abutment protruding through the gumtissue.

Bleeding: Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If excessive bleeding continues, please call the office (301-617-3404).

Swelling: Swelling is normal after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice for the first 24 hours only.

Diet: 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.

Pain: Take your pain medicine prescription as directed. Some prescription pain medicines can cause drowsiness and slow your reflexes. For this reason you should not drive a car or operate heavy machinery while you are taking these medications. You should also avoid combining alcoholic beverages with these medicines.

Please be aware that the prescription given to you by your doctor may already contain Tylenol or ibuprofen. Taking additional medicine could cause an overdose. If there are any questions about your medicines please call your doctor.

Do not take any of the above medications if you have an allergy or have been instructed by your oral surgeon or your physician not to take it.

Antibiotics: Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene: Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth with the metal abutments is not a problem. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas.

Activity: Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery.

Wearing Your denture: Dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least ten days. Please discuss any concerns with your doctor.