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Post-Op Instructions for Implant Surgery

Following these instructions will provide the best chance possible for your dental implant to begin healing properly and later function like a natural tooth. Generally, having dental implant surgery is much less painful than having wisdom teeth removed. Many of our patients report very minimal discomfort, if any at all. Keep in mind that each patient is an individual and will experience different levels of discomfort. If at anytime, you feel that something you are experiencing is not normal, or you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at (519) 432-1153.

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Bleeding

After surgery, it is normal to have some oozing of blood in the surgical area. Keep firm, continuous pressure on the gauze throughout the day. Change the gauze once every hour, only while the bleeding continues. Once the bleeding has stopped, discontinue use of the gauze. He bleeding should be well controlled at the end of the first day. If you have uncontrolled bleeding or heavy bleeding beyond the first day, please contact our office.

Healing Abutment

In most cases, a small metal cap called a healing abutment will be screwed into the top of your dental implant at the time of surgery. If you have a healing abutment, it will be visible in your mouth. Your healing abutment is temporary and will remain in your mouth only during the healing phase. Occasionally, healing abutments become loose. If you notice that the abutment becomes loose, or falls out, please call our office immediately, and we will replace it. In some cases we do not place a healing abutment, instead we use a cove screw in which case we allow the tissue to heal over the implant and in 6-8 weeks we will uncover the cover screw and replace it with a healing abutment.

Sutures

If sutures were placed they will either be resorbable or non-resorbable sutures. The ones that are resorbable will dissolve in the next 7 – 10 days. The ones that are non-resorbable will need to be removed at our office within the next 7 – 10 days.

Diet

As soon as you lave the office, you may begin to eat soft foods. It is a good idea to eat something when you get home so you can begin to take your prescribed medications. We recommend things like milkshakes, fruit juices, mashed potatoes, soups, and soft pasta. Avoid small, hard foods such as popcorn, granola, and nuts, which may become lodged in the surgical site. Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration.

Ice Packs

Apply an ice pack to the outside of your face over the surgical area to help reduce welling. Begin using ice packs as soon as you get home. Apply the ice pack for 5 minutes, followed by a 15 minute rest. Continue this for the first 24 hours, as much as possible, while you’re awake. It’s normal for swelling to continue to increase for the first 2 – 3 days following surgery. Keeping your head elevated while resting and sleeping will also decrease the swelling.

Smoking

Avoid smoking until the area is completely healed over. This could take 2-3 weeks. If you cannot hold off until then it is in your best interest to avoid smoking as long as possible after surgery. Smoking has been well proven to lead to may complications, such as implant failure and infection, and causes prolonged pain and time to heal.

Wearing Your Prosthesis

Partial dentures flippers or full dentures may or may not be worn immediately. Dr Bortolussi will give you specific instructions on what is best for your particular situation.

Medications Frequently Prescribed Following Dental Implant Surgery
Taking the medication that your doctor has prescribed for you will help you to effectively manage any discomfort you may experience. Please follow the directions on your prescription bottle and call our office if you have any questions. Keep in mind that taking medications before your local anesthetic wears off will help you to manage your discomfort more easily. It is important for you to have something to eat before you take any kind of mediation. This will help minimize the occurrence of nausea or vomiting. The following are common medications that are frequently prescribed for patients who have had dental implants.

Antibiotics- These are only prescribed when your doctor feels hat they are necessary for you. Please take them according to the directions on the bottle until they are finished.

Peridex- (generic name is chlorhexidine) this is a mouth rinse-being rinsing with this the day following surgery. It is intended to help keep the surgical area clean and reduce the amount bacteria in the mouth. Continue using it until you return to our office for your one week follow up visit.

Motrin & Tylenol 3 – These are prescribed for pain relief. If both prescribed together, you can take them 3 hours apart (i.e.: Tylenol 3 at 3:00 and then Motrin at 6:00). If you have a reaction to Tylenol 3 please discontinue use and continue taking the Motrin.

Tylenol or Advil- This is an anti-inflammatory medication which helps reduce swelling and relieves minor pain. Even if you are not in immediate pain, taking the Ibuprofen as directed will help minimize swelling and make you more comfortable. Many of our patients are able to mange their discomfort with Ibuprofen alone.

If you any questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact the office at (519) 432-1153