Patient Instructions: After Dental Implants
Follow this post operative instructions for a speedy recovery:
- NO SMOKING. Smoking is known to cause failure of implants.
- NO DRIVING or operating machinery for 12 hours following general anesthesia.
- Avoid rinsing today.
- Beginning tomorrow rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup water) every 2-3 hours for a few days
- For the next 2 weeks, rinse with warm salt water after meals and at bedtime.
- If you were prescribed Peridex rinse, use as directed.
- You can begin brushing your teeth today, but don’t brush near the surgical site for the first couple of days.
- If a temporary tooth was placed on your implant today, it is very important that you do NOT BITE on this tooth until the doctor allows! Failure to comply with this request may cause a failure in your implant.
- Do not wear dentures or partials until your doctor gives you permission
- Resume a normal diet whenever you feel comfortable.
- Swelling may occur, and reach its peak in approximately 2-3 days. Apply ice to the side of your face 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off as frequently as you can for the first 48 hours. Frozen vegetable bags covered with dishtowels are very effective because they shape to your jaw. Switch to heat (a heating pad or hot water bottle) 48 hours after surgery. Continue to use heat until the swelling has receded.
- You might have moderate discomfort following surgery. Please:
- Take your prescribed medication with food, as directed.
- Allow 45 minutes for your medication to work. Remember to take the medication before your pain becomes too severe.
- Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) for minor discomfort.
- Occasionally, the cover screw or healing abutment may loosen or fallout. This will not affect the stability of your implant. It is important, however, to call us as soon as possible, when this occurs, so we can replace it. Please bring the loosened component with you.
- Our office typically uses dissolvable stitches or stitches that fall out on their own. According to the type, this might occur within the first week or within 2 to 3 weeks.
- Bruising may occur and is not uncommon. Bruising will disappear soon.
- Keep lips moist with lip balm or Vaseline to prevent cracking.
- If you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic and are currently taking oral contraceptives you need to use an alternative method of birth control for the remainder of your cycle.
Caring for Dental ImplantsA comprehensive and conscientious program of oral hygiene is the single most effective way to protect the longevity of your dental implants. Regular oral health visits will detect minor issues before they become major concerns. Professional dental cleaning and implant maintenance by a hygienist at your recommended intervals is essential.
Instructions for cleaning your dental implants:Care of your dental implants is a lot like the care you give your natural teeth. Those patients who experience the greatest success with implants are the ones who adhere to a program of pristine plaque removal. These suggestions can help:
- Brushing: when utilizing a regular toothbrush, make sure you clean in and around all implant posts. Many people notice that an electric toothbrush is easiest to use.
- Flossing: when implants are not attached to adjacent teeth, you may floss implants as you do your natural teeth. However, several teeth may be attached together in an implant supported bridge. In such cases, “floss threaders” or “Superfloss” can be used to run floss under these areas for easy cleaning.
- An oral irrigator: Helps reduce bacterial plaque accumulation around both dental implants and natural teeth.
- Interproximal Brushes: although they are not a replacement for dental floss, these tiny dental brushes offers additional assistance in cleaning hard to reach places
Contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Swelling or redness in the gums surrounding the implant site(s)
- Looseness in a dental implant
- Dull or sharp pain when chewing
After Dental Implants was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 by