DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY, CARE AFTER
After the procedure, it is common to have:
- Minor bleeding.
- If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine,do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better.
- Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
- Avoid participating in contact sports.
- Eat soft-textured foods as told by your health care provider.
- Do not use any tobacco products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or e-cigarettes. If you need help quitting, ask your health care provider.
- Take care of your teeth as told by your health care provider. This may involve gently brushing with a soft toothbrush, using a mouth rinse, and flossing every day.
- If directed, apply ice to the injured area:
- Put ice in a plastic bag.
- Place a towel between your skin and the bag.
- Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times per day.
- Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important. Implanted teeth need to be checked regularly. They may need to be removed, cleaned, and replaced at times
- Check your affected area every day for signs of infection. Watch for:
- Redness, swelling, or pain.
- Blood or pus.
- You have tooth pain or gum pain that is not controlled with medicine.
- You have redness or increased swelling in the surgical area.
- You have blood or pus coming from the surgical area.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have new symptoms.
- You have pain in your face.
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have tingling or numbness in your lip or jaw.
- Your replacement tooth becomes loose or damaged.
- You have severe pain.
- You cannot open your mouth.