- Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain.
- Please consume your pain medication as prescribed or as directed by your doctor.
- Please contact our office if your pain is not adequately controlled with the regiment prescribed.
- Mild to moderate swelling is expected after dental implant placement.
- Maximum swelling occurs within the first 48 to 72 hours after implant placement.
- To minimize the swelling apply an ice pack half an hour on then half an hour off for the first 48 hours.
- Post-operative pain will be most noticeable the first day after surgery.
- Take prescribed medications as directed.
- It is most beneficial to take your pain medication before your numbness wears off.
- Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach as it may cause nausea.
- Pain medication should be taken with food or milk products.
- Do not consume alcohol or drive when taking prescribed pain medication.
- Please avoid any activity that requires your full attention when taking narcotic pain medication.
- Take your antibiotics as directed and until it is finished.
- Take any regularly scheduled medication (for diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) on your regular schedule unless advised to do otherwise.
- Do not rinse or spit during the first 24 hours after surgery.
- The day following surgery brush your teeth with a soft tooth brush and avoid the area of implant placement.
- Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoonful of salt dissolved in a glass of water) after each meal and as needed to avoid food entrapment in the area of surgery.
- Dissolvable sutures may loosen with brushing and minimal bleeding may occur.
- If a one stage/immediate implant was placed (you can actually see the metal post protruding from the gum tissue), it can be cleaned with a Q-tip dipped in Listerine or any other antimicrobial mouth rinse.
AVOID SMOKING COMPLETELY.
If the sinus is involved during your surgery, please follow the instructions below:
- No nose blowing for one week. (You maybe placed on nasal spray to keep your nasal passages clear)
- Sneeze with your mouth open.
- Avoid wind instruments for at least one week.
Trismus (Spasm/stiffness of the muscles of the jaw) may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a period of days. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen 400 mg to 800 mg every 8 hours (unless there are contraindications with medication such as blood thinners) and moist heat compresses to the jaw(s) can minimize this condition.
There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24-48 hours. If the fever persists please contact our office.
Sutures used during surgery usually dissolve in 7-10 days. If they dissolve early do not be alarmed.
Your doctors are available 24 hours a day for post-operative emergencies.
Please call 911 immediately for any life threatening emergency.