POST-SURGICAL GUIDELINES FOR IMPLANT PATIENTS (WITHIN 2 WEEKS AFTER IMPLANT PLACEMENT)
Only have room-temperature drinks and do not eat until the local anaesthetic has worn off.
Avoid hot drinks or hot food for the first day and do not vigorously ‘swill’ liquid over the area.
Don’t touch the area with your tongue or fingers.
Avoid undertake strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours.
Do not lift or pull on the lip or cheek to look at the suture(s).
Some swelling is normal and will start to reduce after 48 hours. There may be some bruising on the skin which will also clear after a few days. Swelling can be reduced with ice packs (or a bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel. Hold on the cheek area for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time with 20 minutes break before applying again. After 24 hours gentle heat patch is more beneficial. Sleeping on high pillow may also help.
Although you will be sore for a few days, this can usually be easily managed with simple pain killers which you should take regularly for 2 days at the normal maximum stated dose. Take your first dose before the local anaesthetic has worn off.
Some bleeding following surgery is completely normal. If this persists, apply pressure with a dampened gauze or clean handkerchief for 30 minutes.
Take your prescribed medications (antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory medications and chlorhexidine rinse) as directed by doctors. If you experience increasing pain or swelling after 2-3 days you should contact us for a review.
Cleaning – Successful implant surgery depends on keeping the mouth as clean as possible.
Please start to use the chlorhexidine mouthwash that is prescribed to you after the surgery, and continue for 1 week. Use half a cap of the mouthwash and hold for 1 minute, twice a day for 7 days.
Do not brush or floss near the surgical site for 2 days, then brush and floss very lightly for 4 days before returning to regular brushing and flossing routine. Use an extra-soft toothbrush twice daily to clean pre-existing teeth or other implants, being careful to avoid the surgical incision area. If you use an ultrasonic or electric toothbrush, wait one to two weeks, and they must not be used on the implant.
Try to keep food away from the surgical area for as long as possible. Rinse immediately after eating to keep the area as clean as possible.
For placement of multiple implants, patients should:
Stay on a liquid diet for the first 2 days.
Soft foods should be consumed for the next 2 weeks (until the mucosal incision has closed completely).
Do not smoke or drink alcohols. Smoking will have severe effect on the healing of the surgical site.
Do not drink using straws, as this will put pressure on the surgical site.
For immediate loading, avoid chewing on the implant crown for 6 to 8 weeks.
If you have a denture that covers the surgical area please wear it as little as possible until the wound has healed to protect the underlying implants or graft. If the denture doesn’t seem to fit properly after your surgery then you must come back to have it adjusted. A badly-fitting denture can damage a healing implant.
Stitches are usually removed after 2 to 3 weeks. If you are uncomfortable with stitches, you can contact us to have them removed after at least 1 week. Stitches being removed indicates successful implant placement. You should follow ‘Implant Homecare Guidelines’ afterwards.
IMPLANT HOME-CARE GUIDELINES
After the wound is healed and stitches have been removed, your implant placement procedure has been completed. However, in order for the implants to integrate well with the jawbone, and to be eligible for our Warranty Policy, you need to follow the instructions and guidelines below:
Guidelines for implant home care:
Brush twice daily with low-abrasive dentifrice.
Use dental floss in shoe shine motion or use a water flosser one to two times daily.
If recommended, use interdental brush, rubber tip, soft picks, and/or water irrigation unit one to two times daily.
If inflammation present, use non- alcohol anti-microbial rinse.
Notify your dentist immediately about any signs of pain, swelling or bleeding.
Do not grind your teeth. Use night mouth guard if you have teeth grinding.
Do not smoke.
Do not drink alcohols within 8 weeks after implant placement.
Do not use vibrating electric toothbrush on your implant.
Re-examination with X-Rays and dental cleaning at our office at least one every 6 months – or routine check-ups and cleaning at any local dental office in your home country.
Notify your regular dental hygienist about your dental implant(s).
Guidelines for eating and drinking
Dental implants are very strong. Therefore, you can eat almost everyday foods as long as you do not do anything extreme.
- Don’t eat or chew food that is too hard or hot.
- Don’t drink very hot liquids. (Dental implants are made of metal which retains heat more readily than soft human tissue. If you drink very hot liquids, the implant tooth may heat up from the liquid and stay hot long enough to burn a thin layer of cells around the implant)
- Don’t drink or eat too hot and cold liquids/food together, which can cause sensitivity.
- Don’t bite and pull food in an outward motion.