Patient Instructions

Dental Implants

What you should know before your procedure

Before your procedure it is important to have a consultation with your doctor. Having a consultation prior to your procedure allows your doctor to review important information that is crucial to the success of your treatment and is an opportunity for you to obtain answers to any questions you might have.

If you having surgery, on the day of your procedure you will need to come to our office with an adult who will remain in the office during your surgery, drive you home after surgery, and remain with you as you recover at home.

What you should know after your procedure

Day 1:

Continue biting on the gauze for 30-60 minutes following your procedure. Do NOT spit, rinse, suck (using a straw), smoke, drink carbonated or alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours. Passively empty your mouth when needed.

The goal is to keep blood clot in the socket to prevent bleeding and a painful complication known as DRY SOCKET.

Day 2:

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound for one week following surgery. The dental implant may be submerged below the gum tissue or there may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gum tissue. You will need to rinse with an antiseptic  liquid(Ex: Listerine) or a prescription rinse as directed by Dr. Lee and his team members.

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for up to 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by applying pressure over a moistened gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 15-30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call the office for further instructions.

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a frozen bag of peas, or Zip-Lock bag filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 48 hours.

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or hot food the day of surgery. Soft food and liquids should be eaten after surgery. Return to a normal diet 7-10 days after surgery unless otherwise directed.

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic slowly wearing off and before the onset of oral pain. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 6 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) 400-600mg may be taken instead of Tylenol.  For severe pain, a prescribed narcotic medication should be taken as directed by your doctor. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

If prescribed be sure to take the antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral before bed applying with a Q-tip or soft brush. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be applied twice daily, after breakfast and before bed if prescribed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses and/or soaks (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery for at least 5-7 days after. 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.

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be worn or used immediately after surgery and for at least 7-10 days thereafter, unless otherwise specified by your doctor.