For patients who have recently had dental implants performed
In our practice, we offer post-op instructions for the placement of dental implants.
This information is designed to help patients heal properly with minimal side effects and it should be followed as closely as possible. Patients who experience any unexpected complications are encouraged to contact our Fremont dental implant office as soon as possible for guidance as to how to proceed.
After Dental Implant Surgery
For the remainder of the day after dental implant surgery, our team recommends the following tips:
- Do not spit out saliva. We recommend swallowing saliva or using a tissue to wipe the mouth as needed.
- Avoid drinking from a straw. Instead, drink straight from a cup.
- Do not smoke cigarettes or cigars.
- Avoid touching the surgical area with the fingers and tongue.
All of the above actions can cause blood clots to dislodge and will result in excessive bleeding from the surgical area. This can result in an increased risk of infection and a slow healing response.
It is expected to have minor bleeding after implant surgery, though it should subside quickly and stop within a few hours after surgery. Oozing is also normal and may persist for several hours. In some instances, implants done on the upper jaw may trigger minor nosebleeds, but this is normal.
- Gauze should be be applied with pressure on the surgical area for approximately 30-45 minutes post-surgery.
- Replace with new gauze after 30-45 minutes if bleeding persists. Apply gauze with firm pressure directly on the surgical site for approximately 1 more hour to help stop the bleeding.
- If the third change of gauze does not stop the bleeding, we recommend using a moistened tea bag instead. The tannic acid found in the tea can help the tissues form a clot and thus stop the bleeding.
- If bleeding still persists, contact our office immediately.
It is common for patients to experience minor swelling in the oral cavity after surgery. It can be anywhere from mild to severe, depending on the patient. It may become worse within 48 hours before it begins to subside and may last up to one week. Bruising may commonly develop on the face.
- Place an ice pack on the face or cheek next surgery site. Keep it on for 20 minutes then remove for 10 minutes. Continue this rotation until bedtime and start again the following day.
- Sleep with the head elevated above the heart to help reduce the likelihood of swelling.
- On day three after surgery, substitute moist heat for the ice packs to help bring any swelling down faster.
Best Practices After Teeth Implants
As soon as the local anesthetics wear off, many patients can enjoy soft foods while avoiding chewing directly on the site where surgery was performed. Patients should resume their regular diet as soon as they feel it is appropriate, as this is a personal decision based on how patients are responding post-surgery. Patients are encouraged to stay hydrated and well nourished, as this can facilitate faster healing and recovery.
While avoiding the surgical site, patients are encouraged to brush their teeth the evening of surgery or the following morning. Brushing around the surgical area can be done around the second or third day with special care to avoid stitches. Be gentle and avoid rinsing or spitting with force as this can dislodge the clots necessary to stop bleeding and allow healing to occur.
Rinsing the mouth can be done the same day of surgery with warm, salty water every few hours. Avoid mouth rinses that contain alcohol for several days and do not spit with force.
Our dental team will prescribe one or more medications for patients post surgery. Patients are urged to take their medications with a full glass of water and as directed on the container. Patients who cannot swallow pills or experience problems including diarrhea or severe nausea are encouraged to contact our office.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics should be continued until all medication has been taken.
- Pain medication: Use pain medication as necessary, but avoid driving, operating machinery, or drinking alcohol, as these medications are narcotics and often make patients drowsy.
- Mouth rinses: Two common mouth rinses we prescribe post-surgery include Periogard and Peridex. One half ounce should be swished around the mouth two times a day for 30 seconds.