After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. In some cases, there will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gum tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for up to 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling and improve your comfort, apply an ice bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery, 15 minutes at a time.
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid hot liquids or food. Soup should be lukewarm. A soft food diet will be recommended for a few days following your surgery.
Dr. Le will discuss your medication regimen at the time of your consult.
Good oral hygiene is essential to timely healing. Gently brushing and flossing can begin the evening of surgery, with care taken to avoid the surgical site.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Exercising can contribute to throbbing or prolonged bleeding.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and can be discussed further during your consultation appointment.