Post-Surgical Instructions

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Periodontal Surgery

To avoid bleeding problems: 

One day post-surgery: 

Dental Implants

Brushing and flossing should be avoided over the implant surgical area for a period of two weeks. All other areas may be brushed normally with care taken in areas next to the implant surgical area. No rinses should be used for the first 24 hours after surgery. Warm salt water (1/4sp. salt per cup of water) may be used to gently rinse your mouth in the area of the dressing after 24 hours.

In order to avoid dislodging the surgical dressing:

  • Do not chew in the area of the dressing.
  • Do not use your toothbrush on the dressing.
  • Do not at any time vigorously rinse your mouth.
  • Do not chew hard foods, but do eat a well-balanced soft diet.

A surgical dressing protects the area of surgery and reduces discomfort. It is important that the dressing remain in place until your next appointment. If the dressing, or a portion of the dressing, is lost during the first week following surgery, discard the dressing and contact the office. The surgical dressing you have in your mouth will harden in approximately one-half hour. Do not rinse, drink, or eat during this time.

If no dressing is used you may see sutures between your teeth. They must remain intact until your next appointment. It is important to avoid stretching the tissue around the mouth as this may cause loss of the suture. Do not pull or cut the sutures. Normally, sutures are removed 10 to 14 days following your surgery but may be retained for a longer period.

If you have had an implant surgery you should eat a soft diet. If you wear a denture, we ask that you leave it out until your sutures are removed, so there is no pressure on the implant site. The day following the surgery, begin rinsing your mouth with salt water (1/4 tsp. salt in one cup warm water), and brushing and flossing your teeth.

Swelling around your cheeks is normal following certain implant-related surgeries. In some cases, bruising of the tissue can occur and will disappear after around 7-10 days. Call our office if the swelling around your jaw increases; you have a fever, continuous bleeding or numbness; or you have pain in your jaw, mouth or sinuses that is unrelieved by your pain medication.

If you were treated with immediate implant placement and temporization (an implant with a crown attached after surgery), it is critical that a soft food diet is maintained until healing is complete. No direct forces should be applied to the implant crown for three months.

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