Congratulations on your decision to include dental implants as part of your comprehensive dental treatment. The following list of instructions is designed to help you achieve optimal success with your implants.
We used a local anaesthetic to thoroughly numb the area being treated. This numbness in your lips, teeth and tongue might last for several hours after the procedure. You should avoid any chewing, and drinking hot liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.
Avoid sucking (e.g. through straws), spitting, blowing your nose and sneezing. Positive or negative pressure could dislodge the blood clot. If you have a cold, allergies, or anything that will cause you to blow your nose or sneeze, take the appropriate medications to treat these.
Try NOT to smoke for as long as possible afterwards. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and also the sucking motion could dislodge the blood clot. Patients who smoke have more complications with healing than patients who do not smoke.
Stitches may be placed in the surgical area to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. Sometimes they become dislodged, this is no cause for alarm. Just remove the suture from your mouth and discard it.
Most stitches will dissolve over 4 to 5 days, but if the removal of sutures is required, no anaesthesia or needles are needed. It takes only a minute or so, and there is no discomfort associated with this procedure.
Rinsing of the mouth should be started very gently on the day AFTER surgery. Vigorous rinsing could disturb the healing process. Rinsing can become more vigorous as healing progresses.
Rinse with either a ½ teaspoon of salt in a ½ glass of water, or with the prescribed rinse, for one week. Begin brushing your natural teeth as usual the day after surgery or when you are comfortable doing so.
If you notice dry or chapped lips, lubricate your lips with Vaseline or any bland ointment.
Refrain from eating, drinking or rinsing for 3 hours after surgery.
You can consume liquids on the same day as your surgery. Drink soups such as chicken or beef broths, water, fruit and vegetable juices, and powdered food supplements. Drink as much as you are able to prevent dehydration. Avoid hot liquids on the first day. A regular diet can be resumed as soon as it can be comfortably managed. Do not use a straw to drink as the sucking action may cause bleeding.
Swelling / Bruising and Discomfort
Generally there is no swelling with the placement of a single implant. Swelling may or may not occur when multiple implants are placed. Swelling may occur if you have had bone grafting done to facilitate your implant placement. If you experience swelling, do not apply any heat to the face. An ice pack can be utilized - on the area for 20 minutes than off the area for 20 minutes - alternating for the first 24 hours. Swelling may increase for 72 hours, and then gradually subside over approximately one week. If symptoms have not improved by the fifth day, please contact our office.
Although significant discomfort is not common, a pain medication will likely be prescribed following your procedure. Take the medication as prescribed. Your pain medicine should keep you reasonably comfortable and is best taken with fluid or food in your stomach.
For mild pain, Advil, or Tylenol may be used. Pain medicine may cause some dizziness; do not drive. Antibiotics, if prescribed, should be taken until the full prescription is finished.
For nausea or stomach upset, Gravol can be taken with your medication if you do not have an allergy to it. If a rash, severe stomach cramps or diarrhoea occur, stop taking your medicine and call our office.
Females who are taking birth control pills and antibiotics at the same time, should know that the combination of these two drugs may cause the birth control pills to become less effective as a contraceptive method. Pregnancy may occur if alternative methods of birth control and not used.
The Codeine in pain medicine can be constipating. If this occurs, a mild laxative such as Milk of Magnesia may be taken.