It is imperative that you carefully follow the instructions listed below to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implants:
- Do not disturb the wound.
- Avoid spitting or touching the wound after surgery.
- There may be a metal stump slightly protruding through the gum tissue.
- Some bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding area for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call our office for further instructions.
- Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or foods. Soft foods and liquids can be consumed on the day of surgery. You may return to your normal diet 1–2 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.
- Warm saltwater rinses can be made by mixing a half teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and should be used at least 4–5 times a day—especially after meals and brushing your teeth.
- Brush the surgical areas gently.
- Keep physical activities to a minimum for several days following your surgery. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting, or strain. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking in normal nourishment, which may limit your ability to exercise.