Do not disturb the surgical area today.
Have something substantial to eat before you take pain medication and try to take some pain medication before the local anesthesia has worn off.
Please take all of your prescribed medications according to their directions.
Apply ice to your face adjacent to your implant site 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off for the first 48 hours to help to minimize any swelling.
If supplied, place fresh gauze over the surgical area and bite down firmly for 30–45 minutes to control bleeding. Do not eat, drink, or sleep with gauze in your mouth.
Tomorrow and Beyond
Begin use of the prescribed rinse, as well as warm saltwater rinses, starting 24 hours after surgery. Do not rinse, spit, gargle, or use straws for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Gentle, soft brushing of the surgical area can be done after 48 hours. You may resume brushing your unaffected teeth right away. Discontinue use of electric toothbrushes as well as waterpiks in the surgical area until approved by the surgeon.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks.
What to Expect
- Some swelling is normal for the first week.
- Surgical glue may have been used. It can seem irritating to the tongue and may flake off in a few days. That’s okay.
- Sutures will dissolve in time. Some dissolve within a few days; other types will last a couple of weeks.
- You may or may not see a screw in your mouth. The doctor will decide how he wants the tissue around the implant to heal.
- It is important to keep your implants clean. Once healed, you should brush your implant thoroughly every day. The screw should be shiny!
If you have any questions or concerns about your healing or post-operative care, please call our office during normal business hours. If you have an emergency, you can always reach the doctor on call after hours by calling our office telephone number.