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After you've had dental implant surgery, it is important that you follow a series of instructions in order to promote the best possible healing. First and foremost, avoid disturbing the wound, and to do this, you shouldn't rinse, spit, or touch the wound for the first 24 hours after surgery.
It is perfectly normal to experience bleeding and pink or red-colored saliva for the first 24 hours following your surgery. If you are experiencing excessive bleeding where your mouth fills up quickly with blood, you can work to control it by biting down on a gauze pad that is placed directly onto the wound. Do this for 30-60 minutes, and if severe bleeding continues, please call our office for further guidance.
Swelling is also common after your dental implant surgery. To minimize swelling, you can apply an ice pack onto the cheek outside the area where you had your surgery. Do this as much as possible within the first 24 hours. It can also be helpful to lay with your head elevated for the first three days in order to further reduce swelling.
About four hours after your surgery, you can begin to take your pain medications. Staying ahead of the pain is important, so you should take your first dose before the local anesthetic has worn off. Please refer to the instructions given to you.
Diet and Nutrition
Following your surgery, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid hot liquids, acidic and spicy foods, and carbonated beverages. Soft foods should be consumed immediately following surgery, and after the first day, you can begin to return to your normal diet unless Dr. Nancy Shiba instructs you otherwise.
Proper oral hygiene is crucial for healing. After one day, you can also use warm salt water rinses several times a day, especially after eating. While you can brush your teeth around the abutments as they heal, be sure to be gentle.
During the first 24 hours, please avoid spitting and do not smoke. Physical activity can increase bleeding and make it difficult to heal.
You should plan to rest and keep physical activity at a minimum. Now is the time to let your body heal.
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Nancy Shiba, DDS
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