Post Operative Instructions for Implants
SUTURES/STITCHES: There may be several resorbable sutures around the implant that will fall out in 5-7 days. If you notice them stringing in your mouth, you can simply pull them out the rest of the way.
GAUZE: When you wake up there will be a gauze pack placed over the area of surgery in your mouth. The purpose of the gauze pack is to soak up any blood from surgery and to put pressure on the surgery site in order to stop the bleeding. When you get home take the gauze pack out.
SWELLING: A moderate amount of swelling is expected after most oral surgical procedures. Do not ice the area of swelling, this will reduce the blood flow to the area and cause prolonged resolution of swelling.
EATING/DRINKING: A soft foods diet is required for the first several days following the surgery. Do not chew on the implant for the first six months.
ORAL HYGIENE: You MUST keep your mouth clean to promote good healing. Use caution brushing for the first two days. After day two, resume normal brushing and brush the implant area. Continue to brush and floss as usual. A soft toothbrush used in a gentle fashion is effective. The cleaner you keep your mouth the better and faster you will heal. It is OK to brush the sutures. It will not hurt them.
MEDICATION: Take prescriptions as needed. Pain Medications may produce nausea and vomiting if taken on an empty stomach. If you are prescribed a steroid it is designated to help decrease your post operative swelling. As with any medication, if you experience problems stop taking them.
Do not push on the implant with your tongue or finger.
Post-operative swelling 3-4 days after surgery is normal, however if you have any problems including increasing pain or increasing swelling, you should contact Dr. Schultz’s office immediately Dr. Charles J Schultz, Southeast Dental Group, PC Phone Number 907-586-9586.