Phone: (940) 696-1544
Fax: (940) 696-0203
Texoma Facial and Oral Surgery
Wichita Falls, Texas
After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
If a temporary tooth was attached to an implant, do not bite directly on it. For example, if the implant was placed on a front tooth, do not bite into a carrot or an apple until the final crown has been made (usually 3 months after placement of the implant). If a metal healing post was used instead of a temporary tooth, do not bite directly onto it.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes can control excessive bleeding. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or a plastic bag filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice for 20 minutes, 20 minutes off, for the first 24 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Unfortunately most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You will usually have a prescription for pain medication. If you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to manage any discomfort better. Some patients find that stronger pain medicine causes nausea, but if you precede each pain pill with a small amount of food, it will reduce the chance that nausea will occur. The effects of pain medications vary widely among individuals. If you do not achieve adequate relief at first, you may supplement each pain pill with an analgesic such as ibuprofen, a.k.a. Motrin or Advil [two to three tabs of 200mg every 6 hours]. Some patients may even require two of the pain pills at one time. Remember that the most severe pain is usually within six hours after the local anesthetic wears off; after that your need for medicine should lessen
Be sure to take any prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Do not rinse your mouth until 24 hours after the surgery. The day after surgery, the Peridex (if prescribed) should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing posts or temporary tooth is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.