After Placement of Dental Implants
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound after surgery.
Bleeding in the saliva is normal for 12 to 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) is rare and can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound. If bleeding continues please call Dr. Lee‘s office.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery that can be present for 5-7 days. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag filled with ice on the outside of the face in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously for 12 to 24 hours, or as specifically instructed by Dr. Lee
There are no eating restrictions after surgery, unless specified by Dr. Lee. Therefore, return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. Dr. Lee will usually prescribe a narcotic type of pain medication for patient relief after surgery. He will specifically provide all instructions regarding the use of narcotic pain medications. If there are any questions or issues regarding pain and pain medication, please address this with Dr. Lee.
In many instances, Dr. Lee will prescribe some type of antibiotic to either resolve an existing infection, or to avoid an infection after surgery. He will specifically prescribe an antibiotic based on the patient, their medical history and surgery.
Excellent oral hygiene is essential for healing after surgery. Therefore, brushing of the teeth, constant oral rinses and flossing are emphasized by Dr. Lee. Poor oral hygiene after surgery will increase the chances of an infection developing after surgery.