After an implant, it is important to prevent swelling and bleeding and begin the healing process. Keep your head elevated above your heart as long as bleeding persists and avoid any activities that increases your heart rate.
Do not pull on your lip or stretch it out to look, do not rub your tongue on the wound or the sutures, rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the surgery site for next 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as it will increase blood pressure and increase bleeding from the extraction site.
After the implant is placed you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Icing the area is the key to minimize swelling and decrease healing times. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the outside of the face will keep swelling to a minimum. Hold the ice pack on for 15 min and off for 15 min. To avoid frost bite, do not exceed these recommendations and remove the ice pack immediately if the area goes numb. The swelling usually subsides after 3 to 4 days.
Take pain medications as prescribed. Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn't seem to be working. If antibiotics or decadron are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection and swelling are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious, soft food on the same day after the surgery. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. Avoid the surgery site. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day; remember no vigorous rinsing for 72 hours. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain lasting two or three days, continued swelling after two or three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (425) 688-1345.
Please return to the office within three days for your immediate post operative evaluation and return in two weeks or as recommended by the doctor for suture removal
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