We will furnish you with necessary prescriptions. Please take these as directed on the instruction sheet. Call us if you have any questions or if you experience any discomfort taking a medication.
Some swelling is normal after surgery. The use of a cold pack is very helpful during the first 24 hours to control swelling. Hold the cold pack on for 20 minutes at a time. Warm (not hot!) packs may be used after the second day to speed the healing process if the pack feels comfortable to use.
If upper implants have been placed, please do not blow your nose hard or block a sneeze for the first two weeks. This will help prevent an irritation of the sinus floor near the implants.
If implants have been placed in the lower jaw, there is the possibility you will experience some tingling or numbness in the lower lip for a short time. This can occur from the swelling putting pressure on the nerve canal. This feeling is normally very temporary. The anesthetic is long acting and may last the entire first day.
Keep the mouth as clean as possible with normal brushing and flossing, but avoid the surgery area. DO NOT RINSE vigorously the first 24 hours. The second day you may start rinsing gently with warm salt water. It is common and normal to see the silver colored healing cover either right away or during the bone growth healing period. You can brush this like you would your natural teeth.
800mg Ibuprofen (4 tablets) taken three times a day is recommended for post-operative discomfort. 650mg Acetaminophen (2 tablets) can be taken in between doses of Ibuprofen to aid in post-operative discomfort.
Dentures and partials can usually be worn after surgery. However, leaving them out as much as possible the first week will reduce the irritation of the surgical site. Always eat a soft but nutritious diet for the first week.
Do not put pressure on or play with the sutures with your tongue. If you detect any symptom that you are unsure of, please contact us right away.