Dental Implant Post Op Care

Dental Implant Post Op Care

The dental implant(s) placed today are designed to act much the same as the roots of the natural tooth, i.e. they will be the anchor for a crown, bridge, or a denture. It takes time for the bone to fuse to the surface of the dental implant. The following instructions will help the Dental Implant Post Op Care healing process:

INITIALLY

  1. Gauze—leave any gauze in place 1-2 hours
  2. Ice—apply ice packs over the surgical area(s) as much as possible for the first one-two days.

DIET

  1. A well-balanced, nutritious diet, emphasizing the nutritional food groups is important
  2. Chew in areas (if possible) other than the surgical site(s).
  3. Soften food for one week
  4. Use a multiple vitamin and 500-600 mg calcium supplement daily.

CLEANING THE AREA

  1. Do not brush directly over the surgical site(s). Use the chlorhexadine solution (Peridex® or Periogard®), applying with a cotton tip.
  2. Do brush and floss all other non-surgical areas.

MEDICATIONS

  1. Antibiotics—take all antibiotics for the full duration of the prescription.
  2. Pain Pills—take painkillers only as prescribed.

NORMAL EXPECTATIONS

  1. Swelling—some is to be expected. Usually decreases after 48 hours.
  2. Pain—some, but should be controlled by medication.
  3. Bleeding—slight, but should largely stop after the first day

THINGS TO CALL US ABOUT

  1. Prolonged bleeding.
  2. Uncontrolled pain.
  3. Problems with the medications.
  4. Anything you need explained or any concerns you have.

A printable version of our post-operative care instructions is also available.