Post Op - Dental Implants

Postoperative Care for Implant Surgery
Implant Surgery Care near Canandaigua, Victor & Geneva, NY

General Instructions with Implant Surgery

Implant placement is a surgical procedure. General soreness, localized swelling and mild bleeding are normal and expected.

Pain - Some degree of discomfort and pain arises as the numbness subsides.
  • Ibuprofen 600 mg (Advil, Motrin) can be used to help the discomfort and should be taken as directed on the bottle. If you are unable to take ibuprofen, take acetaminophen 1000mg (Tylenol) as directed on the bottle. 
  • If the pain is not relieved, then you may take the prescribed pain medication as directed. All pain medications have the ability to cause severe nausea, so try to have food in your stomach before taking them. 
  • Moderate to severe pain usually does not last longer than 24-72 hours, sometimes peaking on the 3rd post-operative day. Relief should begin on the 4th post-operative day. 
The Surgical Site - The first stages of healing are aided by allowing tissues to rest. Avoid vigorous chewing, excessive spitting, or rinsing for the first 24 hours as initial healing may be delayed, active bleeding restarted or infection introduced.

Try to avoid smoking completely, as it tends to slow the healing process and may also contribute to infection, prolonged discomfort and possible failure of implant.

Sutures - Do not worry about the stitches if they start to come out. The sutures usually dissolve in 5-7 days and typically do not require removal. If silk sutures were used you will need to return to have them removed.

Oral Hygiene - Start rinsing your mouth 24 hours after surgery by using warm salt water rinses; a teaspoon table salt with a small cup of warm water. Repeat 3 times daily for one week. Brush your teeth starting on the first post-operative day being careful not to irritate the surgical site.

During the healing period, occasionally, the cover screw on top of the implant may loosen and come out. This is not your implant. This will not affect the stability of your implant. However, it is important to call us as soon as possible so we can replace it for you.

It is absolutely essential that all follow-up appointments are kept. 
Routine follow-up appointments allow us to identify potential problems that could complicate your recovery. 
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