Dental Implant Guide
DENTAL IMPLANTS: POSTOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
Please read the following instructions carefully. Following these instructions is essential for you to achieve a successful result. Also, following these instructions will make your post-operative course more comfortable and will help to avert any unnecessary complications.
After your dental implant procedure, rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day and the next day. Keep your head eleated (extra pillow) the first two nights after the operation.
Moderate discomfort is to be expected for the next few days. If necessary, take the pain medication that has been prescribed. Take only as directed. If these medications do not restore comfort, please call the office.
Expect some swelling. It may take 3-4 days after the dental implant procedure before the swelling reaches its normal maximum level. Bruising may also occur. Immediately after the surgery, ice packs should be applied to the outside of the face, over the area of surgery. Apply for 20 minutes, remove for 20 minutes. Repeat this alternating procedure for the first 2 days only.
Slight bleeding may continue for up to 24 hours or so after the dental implant procedure. This is not unusual and is not cause for alarm. Rinsing the mouth interferes with clotting of the blood, so do not rinse vigorously the first evening. If excessive bleeding occurs, it may be stopped by biting continuously for 30 – 45 minutes on a wet roll of gauze dressing (firm compression). Sitting quietly in an upright position will also aid in the control of bleeding. If these measures do not succeed, call Florida Dental Implants.
A slight fever is usual for a day or so following any surgical procedure. Fever may be caused by inadequate fluid intake as well. An adult should consume 8-12 glasses of fluid each day. If an antibiotic was prescribed after your dental implant procedure, be sure to take it as directed. If a fever seems prolonged or excessive, do not hesitate to call the office.
Rinse several times daily with warm salty water, especially after eating (DO NOT rinse the mouth vigorously the day of surgery, though). Specific mouth rinses or disinfectants should not be used unless prescribed for this period. If you have some of your own natural teeth, DO NOT brush your teeth the first day of surgery. After the first day, brush your teeth normally, but be very careful to stay away from the dental implants and the area of the surgery. DO NOT touch the surgical area with your fingers or any other object.
Only soft foods should be consumed for the first 5 days to avoid trauma to the surgical sites. After that, you may advance your diet as tolerated. A good diet is essential for adequate healing. A good intake of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins can be obtained from various foods and food supplements such as Sego, Ensure, Nutriment, eggnog, milk-shakes and various instant breakfast preparations. During the second week after the dental implant procedure, the following soft foods require little chewing while providing necessary nutrients: soup, jello, eggs, cereal, baby foods, ground meats, cheese, custard, ice cream, and milk.
ALCOHOL AND SMOKING: ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS:
Alcoholic beverages can close down blood vessels and destroy blood clots. Smoking is an irritant to healing tissues and will also close down blood vessels.
You will feel better, have more strength, have less pain, and heal faster if you make sure to continue to get good nutrition. If you have any more questions, please contact a professional at Florida Dental Implants.