DENTAL IMPLANT

  • The following information is intended to help make your recovery comfortable and uneventful.
  • There will sometimes be a metal healing cap protruding through the gum tissue; it looks like a shiny button and is normal.
  • After 1-week you can gently swab the healing cap with a Q-tip dipped in Chlorhexidine antiseptic mouthwash before rinsing. Two times a day is fine.
  • If a healing cap was not placed and you notice a shiny spot poking through the gum contact our office on the next business day. While this is not urgent, contact our office on the next business day for instructions.
  • Pressure on the implant, during healing, can cause problems. Do not eat solid food in the area of implant placement until instructed.
  • If you have a temporary appliance and it feels like it is hitting the implant make an appointment to have it adjusted. This can overload the implant and make it loose.

    For your comfort, safety and to help prevent possible
    complications read the following:

    ACTIVITY
    After leaving the office, relax for the remainder of the day. Avoid strenuous activity for 3 days. If you have been given a sedative, do not: drive, watch children, make serious decisions or operate machinery for at least 8 to 10 hours.
    SWELLING
    Some swelling may be present the day after the surgery and may peak at 48-72 hours after surgery. Do not brush or rinse area of the wound mouth for the rest of today. Tomorrow you may begin rinsing with your prescription “Chlorhexidine” mouth rinse. It will keep the surgical area clean while it heals. Rinse twice daily for 30 seconds and don’t eat or drink for 1 hour. Make sure you brush and floss the rest of your teeth as usual to minimize infection and staining but don’t use an oral irrigating device for six months. Do not disturb the surgical area for 1 week; after that lightly clean the teeth using a very soft toothbrush soaked in warm water or cotton swab with Chlorhexidine.
    Liquids are important for reducing swelling, discomfort, and bleeding. Sip ice water, iced tea, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, or similar cold liquids and keep the surgical area cold for the remainder of the day after surgery. Do not use a straw, as suction can start bleeding. Swelling can also be minimized by placing an ice pack over the treated area extraorally.
    FOODS/SMOKE
    High protein soft foods and liquids are important during the 3-5 day postoperative period. During this time avoid solid, spicy, salty, hot foods, hot or carbonated liquids and do not: spit, smoke, rinse hard, drink through a straw, or create a “sucking” action in your mouth. If you are comfortable you can start eating solid food after 3-5 days. Do not drink alcohol for 8 days following surgery. Do not smoke during the post surgical period, as wound healing will be delayed.
    LOOSE STICHES
    “Sutures” are placed to hold the gum tissues in the proper position for ideal healing. Disturbing the sutures will impair healing. If you notice a loose or missing suture, it is not urgent; contact us during regular hours for instructions.
    REMOVABLE TEMPORARY TEETH “FLIPPER”
    If an appliance has been given to you for use during healing, leave it in tonight unless otherwise instructed. Tomorrow morning, remove it, rinse it thoroughly, and place it back in your mouth. It not only replaces teeth it acts as a bandage to help keep swelling down. In some cases sore spots may develop contact our office after surgery to adjust and relieve those sore spots. Failure to do so may result in severe sores, which may prolong the healing process.