Post Treatment Instructions for Patients Receiving Dental Implants

  • When the anesthesia wears off, you are expected to feel some discomfort in the region of the surgery. To help limit this discomfort or swelling, take 600 mg (same as 3 tablets of 200 mg Advil.) of Ibuprofen before surgery and continue to take it every 4-6 hours. (If the doctor prescribed another regimen, disregard this.)
  • The antibiotic prescribed should be taken as described. (Please advice us if you are allergic to any medication.)
  • Temporary swelling can be expected. To help reduce this keep ice on effected area (on the face) for periods of five minutes (on/off) for the first 24 to 48 hours. If possible, an elevated headrest (an extra pillow) should be used during the first two nights to also reduce swelling. After 2 days, place a warm compress over your face.
  • To help reduce bleeding, do not spit or rinse your mouth for 24 hours (except for prescription rinsing). Placing a wet tea bag and applying pressure for 5-10 minutes can help to control bleeding. Note- you may have bloodstains on your pillow for the first few mornings.
  • You may brush your teeth as normal except to avoid contact to the surgical wound.
  • Do not wear your partial/full denture until allowed by Dr. Nejat. Insertion of dentures too early may jeopardize a successful healing process.
  • You should be on a soft or liquid diet during the first week after surgery, (especially avoiding nuts, popcorn, seedy foods) to avoid food particles contaminating the wound.
  • All smoking and alcoholic beverages should be avoided at least one week prior to the implant surgery.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages & smoking is not allowed during time period because it will jeopardize the success of the surgery.

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