Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure, and as with any surgery, our team wants to ensure that you can properly recover after your treatment. We invite you to review the post-operation instructions below so you can know how to care for your mouth after you leave our practice. Dr. Fullmer, Dr. Ryser, and Dr. Stosich of Aspire Surgical will also discuss these instructions with you and answer any questions you may have prior to beginning your procedure. If you have any additional questions about our post-operative instructions for dental implants in Draper, Utah, and to schedule your implant appointment, we welcome you to call us at 801-576-5910 and talk with our team.
During the first hour after your procedure, gently bite down on the gauze that our doctors will place over the surgical sites. After one hour, you may remove the gauze. If bleeding continues after the gauze is removed, place a fresh gauze over your surgical sites and continue to bite down for 30 minutes. Change the gauze as needed (at least every 30-45 minutes) until the bleeding stops. To make your gauze more comfortable, you can moisten it with water.
Do not disturb your surgical site for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Disturbing the site includes probing the site and rinsing your mouth vigorously. It is important for you to still brush your teeth, but do so gently.
Do NOT smoke for at least 48 hours after your procedure is complete.
Keep your mouth clean by rinsing with warm saltwater. A good solution is 8 ounces of water with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Dissolve the salt and gently rinse your mouth. Do this after every meal and at bedtime. You can rinse more often if needed.
Warm compresses can also help reduce swelling and soothe sore areas. Apply the warm compress in 20-minute intervals.
During your recovery, there are several other things to be mindful of, including:
- Persistent Bleeding: Persistent bleeding is often a result of holding the gauze between your teeth instead of over the surgical site. If you experience severe bleeding, reposition the gauze. If bleeding continues, or if it becomes heavier, soak a tea bag in hot water and squeeze out the excess liquid, leaving it damp. Wrap the tea bag in moistened gauze and hold it in place over the surgical site for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding still persists, contact our office.
- Oozing: Overnight oozing and bleeding is normal after an implant procedure. Control the oozing and keep your mouth clean by biting down on a fresh gauze in intervals of 30-45 minutes.
- Swelling: Most surgical procedures result in some swelling, and implants are no exception. Apply a cold compress or ice pack to swollen areas in 20-20 intervals: 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off. Do this for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Pain: Just like most other surgeries, patients may experience some discomfort after their surgery. We will prescribe any necessary pain medications. We recommend taking the first dosage before your anesthesia wears off, as this can help you to better manage your pain. Some medications are best when taken with food. After the anesthesia wears off, the worst pain often occurs within the first 6 hours. Following this period, you should not need to take pain medication as frequently. If you continue to require large amounts of pain medication on a frequent basis, or if you need a refill, contact Aspire Surgical.
- Nausea: Surgery often results in some minor nausea. Nausea can be caused by several things, including pain medication. Be sure to drink lots of water and eat little bits of soft food when taking your pain medication. If you continue to feel nauseous, please contact our office.
- Diet: Do not drink from a straw or eat hot foods for several days after your surgery. You can eat soft foods that are high in nutrients, such as soups, pudding, milkshakes, and yogurt. Do not eat foods that can break apart and become stuck in your surgical sockets; these foods include, but are not limited to, popcorn, nuts, chips, and sunflower seeds. After a few days, you can slowly move into eating more solid foods.
- Sharp Edges: On occasion, patients may feel something sharp or hard in the surgical area. If this happens, it is most likely a sliver of bone that has moved up the walls of bone that surround and support your implants. If these bone slivers cause you discomfort or become concerning, please contact our office.
After your procedure, our doctors will provide any additional post-op instructions that may be specific to your case. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or visit us today.