Post-Operative Instructions

Dental Implant Post-Operative Instructions

Please do not wear removable tooth replacement appliance unless you specifically have been requested to do so. Be sure to follow the directions given to you. Many people experience a headache following the procedure. This is typically of no significance and the prescribed medicine usually brings relief.

Please leave your sutures intact. Eat soft foods. And, as much as possible, please try to chew on untreated areas of your mouth. Your diet should contain a lot of protein and fluids. Milk shakes are great.

Avoid excessive exertion for 48 hours following surgery. Swelling and discomfort can be minimized by holding an ice pack on the outside of your face and cold water inside your mouth, adjacent to the treated area. This should be done for several hours, keeping cold on for ten minutes and removing it for ten minutes. Swelling does not usually mean there is an infection. If mild swelling and puffiness do occur after the first day, apply a warm moist compress to the affected area. Swelling usually peaks on the third day after treatment. A small amount of blood in the saliva is normal for the first 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which you can not control with simple pressure is not normal and should be reported immediately.

Please remember that we are always available for advice.

Any time you have a question regarding your progress, please call the office number at
954-782-7911. We are always available to answer your concerns. If you feel that you need to speak with the doctor after office hours or on a weekend, you may reach the doctor through our office number. Our answering service will page the doctor on call. If you do not receive a call back within 45 minutes, please call again.

Medications

Please follow the instructions on any prescribed medications very carefully. Prescriptions given for discomfort need to be taken only so long as you feel that you need them. Mild discomfort is best treated by nonprescription medicine, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). Antibiotic prescriptions, including mouth rinses, should be used as directed. This is very important. Smoking should be avoided as it can be very damaging. Alcohol consumption should be avoided for 24 hours, or as directed on your prescription bottles.

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Post Operative for Periodontal Surgery Instructions

After your periodontal surgery appointment, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
Don’t eat anything for two hours following surgery.

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after surgery. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. Don’t take medication on an empty stomach to prevent nausea.

Apply an ice pack, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for up to six hours following surgery to decrease pain and swelling. It is also recommended to drink plenty of cold liquids such as: frappes, milkshakes.

After 24 hours, to further reduce pain and swelling, rinse with warm salt water, and gently rinse. A warm compress may also be applied to the outside of the cheek. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time.

Some slight bleeding is normal for a day or so following the surgery. If bleeding persists, apply firm pressure with a gauze pad or bite on a tea bag (that has been soaked in cold water) for twenty minutes and elevate your head with pillows.

Please contact our office at 954-782-7911 if this does not control the bleeding, or if the bleeding increases. For the first 48 hours, your diet should consist of soft foods, such as yogurt, ice cream, eggs, fish, overcooked pasta, soft soups and cottage cheese. Relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following surgery. In the other areas of your mouth, continue your normal home care routine.

You may gently rinse around the treated area with warm water or Perioguard antibacterial mouthwash after 24 hours, but vigorous rinsing must be avoided until the area is fully healed.

If pain or swelling persists, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 954-782-7911.

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Post Operative for Regenerative Therapy

The sutures should remain intact until removed in the office. Please call if any loosen. Please wear temporary tooth replacement appliances only as directed. Excess pressure can cause severe complications.

Eat soft foods, chew on the untreated areas of your mouth. Your diet should contain a lot of protein and fluids. (milk shakes are HIGHLY recommended) Avoid excessive exertion for 48 hours following surgery. Use an ice pack as directed. Holding on the outside of your face and cold water inside your mouth, adjacent to the treated area, will help minimize swelling. This should be done for several hours, keeping the cold on for ten minutes and removing it for ten minutes. If mild swelling and puffiness does occur after the first day, apply warm compresses (preferably moist) to the affected area.

A small amount of blood in the saliva is normal for the first 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which you can not control with simple pressure is not normal and should be reported immediately. Please follow the instructions on any prescribed medications very carefully. Please avoid smoking. Alcohol consumption should be deferred for 24 hours, or as directed on your prescription bottles.

Please remember that we are always available for advice, even after hours. Please call the office telephone number: (954 782-7911) Our answering service will page the doctor on call.

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Post Operative for Subgingival Antibiotic Therapy

Microsphere technology is used to deliver the antibiotic over time directly to the infected areas in the gums.

The microspheres gradually release the antibiotic over time, allowing the antibiotic to work over the course of 14 days.

The powder antibiotic used is applied quickly. There should be no discomfort when it is applied. After the antibiotic treatment, avoid touching treated areas. Wait 12 hours after treatment before brushing teeth. Wait 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices. Avoid food that could hurt the gums for 1 week.

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Post Surgery Oral Hygiene Instructions

Brushing

Brush at least 2 times daily, after breakfast and before bedtime. Use a soft brush, (given at post operative exam) angle the bristles toward the gumline. Use a short, gentle, vibrating motion. After brushing the gumline surfaces,scrub the chewing surfaces.

Proxabrush

Use twice daily. For cleaning in between the teeth,only in spaces large enough to accommodate the brush tip. Use a Proxabrush only with doctor recommendation, post surgery.

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