Important Instructions After Dental Implants Surgery

07.06.2022 07:27:05

If you had a Dental Implant surgery, you should follow these instructions as far as possible. Following these Instructions will help you heal quickly and stay comfortable. In case you experience any complications, you are requested to contact our front office immediately. 

Immediately after Surgery- Day 1

  • You should keep the sterile gauze or the surgical site with some pressure- by closing the Jaw hard until the bleeding from the surgical site stops.
  • You should not spit for the whole day. Clean tissue can be used to wipe your face if required. Saliva, if any in the mouth can be swallowed.
  •  Avoid using a drinking straw. You are advised to drink straight from the glass.
  •  Avoid Smoking.
  • Do not touch the surgical site with your tongue or fingers.
  • Negative pressure in the mouth while drinking with straw, smoking can lead to dislodgement of the blood clot. Smoking can also increase the chances of infections.
  • Avoid blowing your nose. Posterior Teeth Implants usually have less bony support and may need surgery at the sinus area (Sinus Lift). In such cases, you should not blow your nose for atleast 2 to 4 weeks. If you have running nose, use mediation for relief. Keep your head well elevated if you snore while sleeping.
Instructions-after-Implants

For Bleeding

Usually minor bleeding problem is expected after Teeth Implants surgery. It takes 30 minutes to 2 hours for bleeding to stop. A little oozing is normal and sometimes may last for several hours, Upper Jaw teeth implants can occasionally cause some bleeding from the nose which is normal and expected to stop quickly.

  • At the surgical site you can apply clean sterile gauze with pressure for 25 to 45 minutes.
  • If you are still bleeding, you can remove the gauze after 25 to 45 minutes, replacing it with fresh new gauze. Important: make sure the gauze is placed directly on the surgical site with pressure. You should hold the gauze with pressure for another 60 minutes which should most likely arrest the bleeding.
  • If you find that this is not working, you should use a moistened tea bag replacing the gauze. The tea bags contain tannic acid, which helps in blood coagulation (Blood clot formation).
  • If everything fails, you should call the front desk at ADC™- Centre for Restorative and Implant Dentistry.

For Swelling

It is normal for most Patients to experience some swelling after Dental Implants surgery. Swelling can be mild or severe. It differs from patient to patient. The swelling is generally higher for first 48 hours before it starts subsiding. Sometimes it may last for several days. Some bruises may also appear on the face.

  • You can use an ice pack on the face or cheek next to the surgical site. Apply it for 15 to 30 minutes with an interval of 10 minutes and repeat until you sleep. Repeat the ice packs the next day.
  • Please get in touch with the front desk if you encounter nausea and vomiting.
  • On day three, switch to Luke warm saline rinses instead of ice packs. Luke warm water with a table spoon of common salt helps in increased blood circulation, which reduces the swelling.

Sutures

The dental office will reschedule your appointment after 7 to 10 days to remove the sutures if any.

Eating

Avoid hot and crunchy hard food for the first 24hrs. You can eat soft food as the local anesthesia wears off. Avoid chewing directly from the surgical site. You can resume a regular diet if you feel you are up to it. Please stay well hydrated and nourished as this will help you heal faster.

Brushing

You can brush your teeth, avoiding the surgical area next day morning. Be gentle and avoid spiting or rinsing forcefully. You have to be very gentle in and around the area of stitches. 

Rinsing

You can start rinsing the next day (after 24 hours) gently with some Luke warm salty water 6 to 8 times a day. Avoid using alcohol containing mouth rinses for next few days. Sometimes facial muscles stiffness can cause problems in mouth opening for several days. Luke warm saline rinses and heat compression can provide great relief. 

Medication

You were probably given one or more prescriptions for medication. Take all medications with a full glass of water and as directed. Call us immediately if you complain of diarrhea or nausea, any allergic reactions or unable to swallow your pain pills.

  • Antibiotic: Continue the antibiotics as prescribed by doctor. Do not leave the medication halfway.
  • Pain Medicine: Continue the pain medicine as prescribed. Remember that some pain medicines or narcotics can make you feel sleepy, so avoid driving, working or consuming alcoholic drinks.
  • Mouth Rinse: Chloro-hexidine mouth wash or Listerine. Swish for forty seconds, and spit. Use it atleast two times a day.

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