LANAP and Pinhole Surgery

When you get home, remove the gauze from your mouth and replace it with fresh gauze. If bleeding continues, moisten a tea bag, place it in your mouth, and bite gently for 20 minutes.
Keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours, you will have less of a risk of swelling at the surgical site.
Cold packs may be used for swelling on the face near the surgery site: 20 minutes on/20 minutes off during the first 24 hours.
Continue to take prescribed medication as directed.
Do NOT drive for 24 hours after IV Sedation.
Do NOT make any legal or important decisions for 24 hours after IV Sedation.
Do NOT take stairs unless you are escorted for 24 hours after IV Sedation.
You may experience uncomfortable swelling, bruising, or fatigue for up to a week following surgery. For LANAP, limit activity and talking for 5-7 days. For Pinhole, limit activity and talking for 14 days following surgery.
Do NOT pull or lift your lips to look at the surgical site. It is important that you do not explore your mouth or touch the stitches with your tongue or fingers.
Call our office immediately at (248) 357-3100 if you are experiencing a fever above 100 degrees, uncontrolled bleeding, or consistent pain that does not subside within 24 hours.

Dental Implants

If prescribed medication, take as directed. Pain control will be managed with over the counter Motrin or Tylenol.

Upon arriving home, remove the gauze in your mouth and replace with fresh pieces. Bite gently and then rest comfortably. If bleeding persists, use a moistened Lipton tea bag, applying it directly at the surgical site for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Please contact our office if bleeding does not stop. Cold packs may be held on the facial area nearest the surgery site during the first 24 hours after surgery to inhibit swelling. Apply for 20 minutes out of each hour.

You may eat when you would like, ensuring that it is something soft.

No rinsing, spitting or drinking through a straw for 24 hours after surgery.

Begin using Stellalife mouth rinse the morning after the procedure.

If you have a soft blue brush in your bag, begin using it the day after surgery. Do not brush the surgical site directly; instead, use the brush to clean the neighboring teeth. Avoid touching the stitches with your tongue. Do not use a Waterpik anywhere near this area.

The day after surgery, most patients feel well; however, continue taking your medications as directed. Post-Surgery Days 3-5 you may experience the most discomfort and/or swelling.

Several days following surgery it is normal to feel sluggish. Strenuous physical activity such as swimming, aerobics or running should be avoided for 3 days. It is best to relax and rest as much as possible during this time. Outdoor activities that expose your head to the sun like gardening and tanning should be avoided for the first 2 weeks.

Call us immediately if any of the following should occur:

  • Fever above 100 degrees
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Consistent pain that does not subside with pain medications

If you had IV sedation, you CANNOT drive a vehicle for 24 hours