Post Operative Care: Implants
- After your surgery is over, you may rest a while and go home as soon as you feel you’re able to.
- Certain amount of bleeding and swelling is normal. To speed your recovery, be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions.
a. You may be asked to drink only clear liquids the rest of the day.
b. Take all medications as desired.
c. Do not put any pressure on your jaw.
d. Eat a soft diet for the first several days till your mouth or surgical site starts to get better and heal.
e. If you have been given a temporary denture, you may not be able to wear it continuously as you will be sore.
- Much of the healing depends on your keeping your mouth clean. Use a soft tooth brush after every meal initially and you may be prescribed an antiseptic rinse to prevent chances of infection. Follow all directions and instructions.
- Depending on your needs, a healing abutment will be used after surgery that helps heal gum tissues around the implant site. Once fully healed, you will need to follow up with your general dentist for the crown or final prosthesis.
- It often takes 3-4 months for jaw bone to firmly adhere to implants. During this time, please keep all your follow-up visits with the surgeon. If you have a denture you can visit your general dentist for a follow-up so we can reline your denture for more comfort.
- Call your surgeon if you notice excessive swelling, bleeding, pain (if not relieved by medications), or fever or numbness that does not go away after anesthetic.