Following the placement of your dental implant, you may notice the healing abutment is visible. This is not a cause for concern.
Dental implants heal best in a clean, healthy environment. For optimal healing and recovery, please follow our post-operation instructions.
Following the use of IV sedation, you should refrain from any strenuous activity. We advise having someone accompany you for the remainder of the day while the effects of the anesthetic are reduced. You will need someone to drive you home following treatment.
- Swelling often peaks on the third day following your implant placement. Ice can be used to reduce swelling. During the first day, ice can be applied to your face for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes without ice. After the first day, we advise switching to a warm, moist towel.
- Discomfort can be managed with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. We may prescribe additional medication to further reduce discomfort.
We may prescribe an antibiotic following your treatment. It is important that you follow the course of treatment prescribed until it is completed, unless you are otherwise instructed.
Bleeding is usually minimal after treatment. We advise using gauze to reduce any bleeding. Gauze can be placed in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes. Oozing may occur for next one to two days. Nosebleeds may accompany implants that are placed in the upper jaw.
- You should refrain from brushing, flossing, or using a water-pik on the area with the implant until your first follow-up appointment. It is important that the rest of your mouth is still cared for properly. Continue to brush and floss as usual in the areas of your mouth without the new implant.
- After 24 hours, you can begin using the prescribed mouth rinse (Peridex). Rinse after each meal for 10 to 14 days following the placement of your implant.
- Following the placement of your new implant, stick to eating soft, easy-to-chew, and nutritious foods. Avoid crunchy, chewing, sticky, or sharp foods. It is important that you refrain from chewing with your implant, as this can greatly reduce its ability to properly heal.
- Refrain from smoking or chewing nicotine gum for two weeks after implant placement. Smoking and nicotine greatly inhibit the healing process.
- Dentures should not be worn immediately following treatment. Please consult our team to discuss using dentures after dental implant placement.
We typically use stitches that will be absorbed within a few weeks. You may occasionally notice fragments of the sutures or stitches as they disintegrate. We will schedule a follow-up appointment for the removal of stitches if this is necessary.
If your treatment included bone grafting, you may notice small particles and granules in your mouth. This is not a cause for concern.
Contact the Contemporary Facial and Oral Surgery office regarding any increase in pain, swelling, or bleeding after the initial healing period.