The video above will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care for dental implants. It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully, to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s).
Do NOT disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal cylinder slightly protruding through the gum tissue, which is called a healing abutment.
Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting firmly on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30–45 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call the office for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack on the cheek in the area of surgery as much as possible for the first 36 hours. Do not freeze the skin. Ice packs are useful for the first 36 hours only.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids can be eaten on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet 1–2 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.
Warm saltwater rinses can be made by mixing ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and should be used at least 4–5 times a day, especially after meals.
Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be very gentle initially when brushing near the surgical areas. Brushing of the healing abutment(s) usually can be started 1 week after implant placement.
Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or strain. Keep in mind that modifications in your diet may have an impact on daily nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.