The Day of Oral Surgery
- Bleeding – If oral bleeding occurs after the placement of dental implants, it’s recommended that you place a piece of gauze over the surgical site and apply pressure for 45 minutes at a time until it ceases. Patients shouldn’t panic if saliva appears to be mixed with a little blood days after the procedure, as this is relatively common.
- Medication – Following the implant procedure, you will be provided with a prescription for pain medication. Take this medicine with a clear liquid, such as water or Seven-Up, initially. However, after the first dose, it’s not recommended to take further medication on an empty stomach. Instead, take the medication after you’ve had something to eat if you start to feel discomfort.
- Rinsing – Do NOT rinse your mouth for six hours or so after your surgery. After a day has passed, it’s recommended that patients begin rinsing, especially after they’ve eaten.
- Ice Pack – You should use an ice pack for the first 48 hours following your surgery to manage pain and minimizes swelling.
- Diet – After the implants(s) have been placed, it’s important that patients maintain a liquid diet on the day of their surgery and the next day. This includes soups, juices, milkshakes, malts, and similar items. It’s all right to start consuming liquids around three hours after your surgery is complete, and after 48 hours have passed, soft foods can be incorporated. Alcoholic beverages of any kind should be avoided for at least twenty-four hours after the implant placement, or while you’re taking pain medication.
- Smoking – Don’t smoke for at least two days following your teeth implant surgery.
The Day after Oral Surgery
- Medication – Please continue using any prescribed antibiotics and pain medications if needed to relieve discomfort.
- Ice Pack – If you’re experiencing an increase in swelling from the day of your surgery, don’t panic; this is very common. Patients should keep using an icepack to minimize the effects. When it’s time for bed, its use can be discontinued.
- Diet – Continue to follow a liquid diet the day after your dental implant placement.
- Brushing – Patients can begin brushing their teeth again the day after surgery. However, special care should be taken to avoid the specific areas that underwent surgery. At your post-operative check-up, Dr. Koo can provide more instruction on when and how these areas should be cleaned.
The 2nd Day after Surgery
- Medication – Please continue to take prescribed antibiotics and pain medication, if needed.
- Ice Pack – An ice pack should no longer be used after 48 hours have following surgery.
- Diet –At this point in the recovery, the patient can begin reintroducing soft foods into their diet, such as mashed potatoes, eggs, and yogurt.
The 3rd Day after Surgery
- Medication – Continue taking your antibiotic medication until your prescription is finished. The use of pain medication should be discontinued unless the patient is still experiencing significant discomfort from implant placement.
- Heat – If by this point, you’re continuing to experience swelling or bruising, a heating pad should be applied to the affected area until the symptoms have passed. This process could take several days. Use the heating pad three or four times daily, with the application lasting around half an hour each time.
- Diet – The patient can now resume their original diet. However, overly chewy or tough foods should still be avoided, at least for a few more days following your tooth implant surgery.
Emergency Dental Care
As the days pass following your implant surgery, any swelling, tenderness, or general discomfort should steadily improve as long as you’re properly following the steps above. This process should begin by the third or fourth day at the very latest; if your symptoms linger or your pain is too severe for medication to adequately treat, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Koo for emergency assistance. You will also be scheduled for a post-operative visit that takes place anywhere from five to ten days after surgery and allows serious problems or potential complications to be discovered and treated.