Please follow these instructions as closely as possible. They are designed to help you heal quickly, and comfortably, with minimal side effects. If you experience any complications, please call our office.
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY:
1) Do not spit. Use a tissue to wipe your mouth as needed, or swallow your saliva.
2) Do not use a drinking straw. Drink straight from the cup.
3) Do not smoke.
4) Keep fingers and tongue away from the surgical area. Spitting, the use of a straw, smoking, and poking can dislodge the blood clot that is forming, and will cause bleeding from the area. Also, smoking can increase the chances of an infection.
5) Do Not Blow Your Nose Usually, upper posterior implants with a less bony support need surgery near the sinus. In these cases, do not blow your nose for at least two weeks. If you have a runny or stuffy nose, use a cold medication for relief. If you snore, sleep with your head elevated.
Some minor bleeding is expected after implant surgery. It will usually subside quickly, and stop within an hour or two after surgery. A little oozing is normal and may persist for several hours, Upper implants may occasionally trigger some bleeding from the nose, and this is normal and will stop quickly.
1) Keep gauze on the surgical area with some pressure for 30 to 45 minutes.
2) Remove the gauze after 30 to 45 minutes, and replace it with a new piece of gauze if you are still bleeding. It is important to make sure the gauze is directly on the surgical site. Firm pressure for another hour should stop the bleeding.
3) If you find that this is not working after your third attempt, use a moistened tea bag instead of the gauze. The tannic acid in tea will help to form a clot and stop the bleeding.
4) If all else fails, call your doctor/surgeon.
Most patients will experience some swelling after surgery in the mouth. It may be mild or severe and is different for every patient. The swelling will get bigger for the first 24 to 48 hours before it starts to go away. It may last for several days to one week. Some bruising may also develop on the face.
1) Use an ice pack on the cheek or face next to the surgical site. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then off for 10 minutes, and repeat until you go to sleep.Start again the next day.
2) Sleep with your head elevated slightly, above the heart. This will keep swelling down.
3) On the third day, change to moist heat instead of ice packs. This will bring the swelling down quickly.
- EATING: Avoid eating hard & hot foods for the first 24 hrs. You may eat soft foods as soon as the anaesthetic wears off. Try not to chew directly on the surgical site. You may resume a regular diet as soon as you feel up to it. Please stay well nourished, and well hydrated, you will heal faster.
- BRUSHING: You may brush your teeth, avoiding the surgical area, either tonight or tomorrow morning. Be gentle, and do not spit or rinse forcefully. Start brushing the surgical area on the second day, and be very gentle on the stitches.
- RINSING: You may start rinsing today, gently, with some warm salt water every few hours. Do not use alcohol-containing mouth rinses for a few days.
MEDICATIONS: You were probably given one or more prescriptions for medications. Take all medications with a full glass of water, and as directed. Call us if you experience severe nausea, or diarrhoea, any allergic reactions or cannot swallow your pills.
1) Antibiotics: Continue as prescribed. Do not quit halfway.
2) Pain Medicine: Continue as prescribed. Remember that narcotics can make you drowsy, so no driving, operating machinery or alcoholic beverages while you are taking them.
3) Mouth rinse: Clohex plus or Periogard. Swish with a one-half ounce for thirty seconds, and spit it out, two times per day.