Congratulations on completing the first step in restoring your teeth with dental implants. As with
any surgical procedure, you can expect a certain degree of discomfort during the next few days.
Relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for at least five days following your
surgery. If at any time you have a general concern or question, please call our office to speak with a
doctor. Below are the postoperative instructions necessary to ensure proper healing.
Your New Teeth
In most cases your new teeth will be placed on your dental implants the day following your surgery.
Overnight, the dental laboratory is customizing your teeth to fit upon your implants. Please see your
dentist the day following your surgery (or during your arranged appointment) to have your new
temporary teeth placed. During your appointment your dentist will make minor adjustments to the
appearance and fit of your teeth to make you comfortable. Remember, these new teeth are only
temporary; you will have the final teeth made in 4 months. Take this time to decide what you love
about your temporary teeth and make sure to inform your dentist of changes you would like to see
for your final teeth (i.e. tooth color, tooth shape, gum color, tooth position, etc). In some instances,
immediate teeth can not be placed upon your new implants for 4-5 months. In this case we have
delivered you a full denture. Please follow our wearing guidelines and hygiene instructions below to
ensure proper healing of your implants and gums.
You have been given an antibiotic to prevent infection. Please begin taking this as directed, until all
the medication is finished. The pain medication that you have been given should be taken as directed
and with a full stomach; otherwise you may experience nausea and vomiting. Do not drive, consume
alcoholic beverages, or perform work duties that would put yourself and/or others in danger. If you
were prescribed Chlorhexidine Mouthwash (Peridex) begin rinsing two days following your
treatment. Rinse twice a day for two weeks with nothing to eat or drink for one hour after rinsing.
It is normal to experience mild to moderate swelling, peaking at 48 hours. You can help to decrease
swelling by applying an ice bag to the affected area 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for 24 hours
following your surgery. Sleeping with your head elevated for one week following your surgery also
helps reduce swelling.
To help the healing process, for the following week after your surgery be sure to keep yourself
hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids and be sure to eat foods high in vitamins and protein. No
matter if your implants have received teeth or you are wearing temporary dentures, limit your diet to
soft foods such as yogurt, soups, pasta, flaky fish, casseroles and soft cooked eggs. If you are wearing
a denture, please remove your dentures whenever possible while eating. In situations when
removing the dentures is unavoidable, eat foods that are a pureed consistency.
Care of Your Implant Site
There may be some bleeding or oozing at the implant site which is normal for 24-48 hours following
the surgery. If you leave the office with a gauze pack, keep firm steady pressure on the gauze for
approximately one hour following the surgery, then remove. Following the day of your surgery, it is
recommended to rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution (dissolve one teaspoon of salt in
one cup of warm water) three to four times a day for the week following your surgery. If you are
wearing temporary removable dentures, be sure to remove them after each meal and rinse your
mouth in order to clear food debris completely. Studies have shown a decrease in both short and
long-term success rates of dental implants in patients who smoke. If you have thought about quitting
smoking, now is a good time to do so. Ask the doctors how they can help.
If surgery took place on your top jaw, you doctor made a small opening into your sinuses. To allow
proper healing, refrain from blowing your nose for 3 weeks following your surgery. Additionally, if
you sneeze, open your mouth to relieve sinus pressure and prevent sinus damage.
We would like to see you 1 week following your surgery and at one-month intervals. During those
appointments special attention will be paid towards hygiene of your dental implants, overall
nutrition, and any other concerns or questions you make have. If you have any questions between
your appointments please do not hesitate to contact our office.