After the Placement of Dental Implants At Beverly Hills Oral Surgery
Avoid disturbing the wound by rinsing, spitting, or by touching it with your tongue or fingers on the day after the surgery. There is a healing abutment sticking from the gingival or gum tissue.
A small amount of bleeding from the wounded area is normal within 24 hours after the surgery. But when an excessive bleeding occurs and your mouth is already filling up with blood, you can control it if you bite on a gauze pad that is placed straight on the wounded area for about 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, call the doctor for further instructions.
Swelling in the wounded area is normal after the surgery. It normally takes 2 to 3 days before the area swells down. In order to minimize the swelling, put on an ice bag or any plastic bag, or a towel that is filled with ice cubes around the surgical area. Continue doing the cold compress frequently for the first 24 hours after the surgery.
Drinking a lot of water is essential for a faster recovery. Do not drink hot liquids or eat hot foods as these will only irritate the wound. Eat soft, cold foods and liquids instead. Go back to your normal diet when you feel comfortable unless otherwise guided by your doctor.
After oral surgery procedures it is normal to have a post-operative discomfort. To help you put at ease, take your pain medication before you will be injected with the local anesthesia or when the numbness is wearing off. Use these guidelines to help lessen the feeling of discomfort.
For severe Pain
- Take your pain medication for the first 3 days or as prescribed by the doctor. The prescribed drug will make you somewhat groggy and it will make your body’s reflexes slow down so it is best not to drive your automobile. It is not also advisable that you work around machineries. Make sure that you eat something before taking any pain medication to reduce the feeling of nausea. Also, avoid drinking any alcoholic beverage because this could only lead to dehydration. Dehydration may hinder the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- If in case your doctor did not prescribe any kind of Motrin/ibuprofin, you can take 400-600mg Motrin/ibuprofin every 6 hours besides the prescribed drug given to you.
- The feeling of pain or/and discomfort after the surgery should recede more as the day passes by.
- When the pain continues, you should call your doctor.
For Moderate Pain
- You can take 1-2 tablets of Motrin/ibuprofen every 3-4 hours or 1-2 tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 4 hours.
- When you are taking a prescription drugs, do not take Tylenol in addition.
- When you are suffering from stomach problem such as ulcer, you should not take any kind of Motrin/ibuprofen.
- When you want some clarifications or you have any other question, contact your doctor.
Continue taking it for the instructed period of time when an antibiotic has been prescribed. Just continue taking it even when all the signs and symptoms of the infection had all gone. Only stop taking the antibiotic when rashes or other bad side effect takes place. Immediately call the doctor’s office for further questions or for further instructions. Take note that some kind antibiotics could lessen the effectiveness of contraception of the birth control pills. Contact first your pharmacist or gynecologist so that they could assist you with your concerns.
It is essential to have an excellent oral hygiene for a fast recovery. Do not rinse your mouth on the day of the surgery until the day after. After that, you can already brush your teeth but you have to rinse gently. With a cup of lukewarm water that has been mixed with just a teaspoon of salt, rinse your mouth at for least 5-6 times daily. You should do the rinsing especially after every meal or after you eat something.
REMEMBER: Your wound heals way better and faster if it is just clean.
It is not as hard as you think to brush your teeth even with your healing abutments on. Just make sure to be gentle especially when you brush along the surgical areas. When cleaning around the abutments, use a Q-Tip dipped in water with salt or you can use a diluted mouth wash.
If you have been prescribed with a Peridex Oral Rinse, use these guidelines:
- You should use the Peridex 2 times a day- after eating your breakfast and right before going to bed on the day after the surgery. Always make sure that you have rinsed for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. Just go on to your rinses using salt water besides the Peridex Oral Rinses.
Your physical activities should be kept to a minimum for about a week right after the surgery. Exercise only leads to throbbing and/or bleeding in the surgical area. Remember that your normal food intake had been reduced thus; exercise might only weaken your system and might generally weaken you. Stop your exercise instantly if any of these incidents occur.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
You can wear your flippers, full dentures, or partial dentures right after the surgery. But before wearing it, make sure that they have already been adjusted by your doctor. And don’t forget to follow all the post-operative guidelines that had been tackled above.