The information in this video is intended for patients who have recently undergone the placement of dental implants or the replacement of missing bone, also know as a bone graft. By adhering to the following instructions, you will help minimize problems and ensure that you have a smooth and comfortable recovery.
Swelling and discomfort often follow any surgical procedure. This is a normal aspect of healing. It typically peaks between 48 to 72 hours after surgery. The amount of swelling and discomfort that occurs varies from patient to patient. You may help reduce your swelling by using ice packs on the affected area, keeping your head elevated after surgery, and by using the recommended medications.
You may be given a prescription for a strong pain medication following surgery. Alternatively, over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended. Once you have recovered, any remaining strong pain medications should be returned to your pharmacist for proper disposal. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in some cases to help prevent infection. Taking all medications as directed is one of the best ways to reduce swelling, avoid discomfort, and minimize the chances of complications.
Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. You may begin rinsing the day after surgery. Rinse gently with warm salt water or a prescription mouthwash if one has been provided. Avoid vigorous rinsing and spitting, as this may disturb the healing process. You may begin normal brushing as soon as possible. However, use caution around the wound for the first few days.
There may be a metal post slightly protruding through the gums — called an abutment. This will help shape and heal the surrounding gums. The abutment should be brushed as you would brush your teeth. Again, be gentle for the first few days after the procedure, as the wound is delicate.
If you have a temporary denture, please do not wear it post-operatively until advised to do so by your surgeon. As discussed during our consultation, wearing a denture over a new implant or graft site may increase the risk of complications such as wound breakdown, infection, and treatment failure. We will be seeing you for a checkup, 2 weeks following your surgery. At this time, we will assess healing and be certain that your temporary denture fits well and is safe to begin wearing again.
For other important information, please refer to our video, handout, or website regarding general post-operative instructions following oral surgery. Thank you for taking the time to review this video. I hope you have found it helpful, and please do not hesitate to call if you have further concerns or questions.