After Placement of Dental Implants
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours after placement of dental implants. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If any excess bleeding develops contact the office immediately.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
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Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and cool liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Be sure to take the prescribed medication as directed. If you have any questions please contact the office.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to hold the rinse in the mouth for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. You should brush your teeth as directed. Be gentle initially when brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing your Prosthesis
Any dentures or temporary teeth worn should be reviewed with the office for care instructions.