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On the day following the surgery, rinse your mouth carefully with 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a large glass of warm water. Repeat three times a day until remaining soreness subsides. Please do not use a syringe or water pik during the healing phase.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT STITCHES. They are usually dissolvable.
ANY SWELLING, SORENESS OR STIFFNESS IN THE JAW MUSCLES can be relieved by applying a warm moist towel to the affected side of the face.
Sometimes a soft diet may be necessary for the first few days following surgery. Most patients are able to resume regular food intake within a short time.
Bruising marks may appear on the skin of the face during the first few days after surgery.
Should any undue reaction or complications arise, notify the office immediately.
If you need to contact us after office hours, please call the doctor's cell phone. If he does not answer immediately, remember to always leave a voice message with your name, number and where you can be reached.
I make every attempt to answer my emergency pager as promptly as possible. Occasionally, your messages do not reach my cell phone. If you are experiencing an emergency, go to the nearest hospital emergency room. You may also try to reach your dentist.
Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. General postoperative instructions apply, with the exception of rinsing.
Remember DO NOT rinse with the warm salt water. The Doctor has given you a prescription rinse containing chlorhexidine, an antibacterial medicine to assist in the healing and keep the site healthy. Make sure that you get rid of any toothpaste residue prior to rinsing and then DO NOT eat or drink for 30 minutes after rinsing. This will maximize the potency of the medication.
Generally speaking following implant surgery the Gore-Tex sutures need to be removed. They are white strings which may see in your mouth. If they become loose and annoying, call the office to have them removed at your earliest convenience.
You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by these. It's normal to have some of them come out of the graft site and into your mouth.
Do not vigorously rinse or spit for 3-5 days
Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing.
Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures. This can actually cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures.
First Day: let the blood clot stabilize, do not even rinse your mouth. Following the first day: gentle rinsing would be advised but not too vigorously. ABSOLUTELY NO WATER PIK'S.
My dressing fell out, what should I do?
A periodontal dressing is most helpful during the first 24 hours of healing. After that it serves only to provide you comfort and protection, much like a Band-Aid. Therefore it is not critical that the dressing be replaced if it falls off after surgery. Many times we do not even place a dressing. If your dressing falls off and you feel strongly that you would prefer to have it back on, call the office to arrange for its replacement. Often, healing progresses faster with it off. Always let comfort be your guide.
Can I take the Advil and the Vicodin at the same time?
Yes. Try to schedule taking them so that they do not both wear off at the same time. Remember to have food in your stomach.
What should I do if I get a rash?
Stop all new medications and call the doctor immediately. DO NOT take any more medication until the allergic reaction has been identified.
Can I brush my teeth?
Do not brush the surgical area, but continue to clean the rest of your mouth.
Can I use my Water Pik?
NO! Not for 8 weeks post-operatively.
Are there any foods I should avoid?
* DO NOT EAT ANY POPCORN, POPPY SEEDS, SESAME SEEDS OR SEEDED FRUITS. THEY CAN GET STUCK AND CAUSE INFECTION!