After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours.
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 in 20 minute increments, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft foods and liquids should be consumed on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Take over the counter pain medication as directed. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic to them, or if you have been instructed by your doctor not to take them.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, the Peridex Oral Rinse should be used twice daily; after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to thoroughly slosh the Peridex for at least 30 seconds throughout the mouth. After this period, you may then spit it out. Be gentle while initially brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures, should not be used immediately after surgery for at least 10 days – as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.