Instructions For Care After Dental Implant Surgery
Thank you for trusting the skilled dentists of Station Dental in your dental implant surgery. Te be sure you experience the highest rate of success, please be sure to follow the below instructions.
Bleeding is common after surgery and may continue for several hours. Small amounts of blood in the saliva for 2-3 days is normal. Anything different and you should call your Station Dental office.
Pain & Swelling
Generally, pain should be expected after surgery and is usually treated with ibuprofen. This should be first taken before the anesthetic wears off. If pain medication was prescribed, alternate this with ibuprofen until the pain is manageable. Please follow any instructions on the medication bottles and contact Station Dental if you are unsure of dosage. No medications taken should exceed the recommended dosage.
Swelling is also a normal reaction and is usually seen the day after your surgery. You can expect swelling to last for 2-3 days, sometimes up to 10 days. If it lasts longer than this, contact Station Dental. To minimize your swelling, use ice packs applied to the outside of the face for 20 minutes at a time with at least a 20-minute break in between applications.
Anesthetic & Numbness
Dental implant surgery is done with the use of a local anesthetic to numb the treated area. This numbness can easily last for several hours and in order to avoid unnecessary damage to the teeth, tongue and/or gums, precautionary measures should be observed. This includes avoiding drinking hot and cold liquids and chewing gum or foods. Piercings should also be removed and left out until the numbness is completely gone whenever possible. In rare cases, numbness can last for days or even months. If you are still experiencing numbness after 12 hours, please contact your Station Dental office.
Food & Drink
For the first 48 hours, it is important to avoid hot liquids and carbonated drinks. Instead, drink water or juice or suck on ice chips or popsicles. These can also help reduce any pain and swelling associated with the surgery.
Once the numbness has subsided, add in soft foods such as mashed potatoes and pasta. Use your best judgement based on comfort as to when you should begin adding more firm foods into your diet. Do not chew directly on the site of the implant until after directed by your dentist or after sutures have been removed/dissolved.
Oral Hygiene & Healing
You will experience better and faster healing with good oral hygiene including cleaning your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning 24 hours after surgery. Don’t be surprised if you notice bad breath as this is common and should disappear as your mouth heals.
Your stitches are designed to resorb or fall out. Sometimes a stitch may even come out on the day of surgery. This is normal and does not generally pose any risk. Try not to pull on any strings from the sutures as this can cause damage to the site.
If your dentist mentioned that you may have a sinus exposure, be sure to avoid blowing your nose for at least one week.
Smoking & Tobacco Use
It is strongly advised that you refrain from smoking after your oral surgery for as long as possible. Smoking and using tobacco products can have a severe negative affect on your oral health and ability to heal.