Please read this important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants. It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implants.
Do not disturb the wound. There may be a metal healing cap protruding slightly through the gum tissue. If this is the case, begin using a Q-tip soaked in Peridex™ 2 times a day to gently clean the healing cuff.
Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call the office for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice) on the cheeks in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.
You must be careful with your diet the first couple of days following surgery. To avoid irritating the surgical sites while staying nourished, it is important to:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Consume only soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery
- Avoid hot liquids or hot foods immediately after surgery and for that entire evening
You may return to a normal diet 1–2 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.
Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments can begin the day after surgery. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas. If the implants are submerged beneath the gums, gently clean the area and the sutures in the area by rinsing with Peridex 2 times a day (and warm water as often as you like) to dislodge food adhering to the sutures.
Some other things to remember following the placement of your dental implants:
- Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following surgery.
- Avoid bending over, lifting, and straining of any nature, as these activities may increase bleeding.
- Try to avoid any exercise for a couple of days; you are probably not taking normal nourishment, and this may weaken you and limit your ability to exercise.