After Placement of Dental Implants
Post Dental Implant Instructions
- An endosteal or submersible implant has been placed in your mouth. Depending on the type of implant that your surgeon used, it may or may not be visible in your mouth. Dr. Nigalye has carefully selected the appropriate type of implant based on the amount of bone that was available to place your implant. The implant will require a period of two to four months to heal depending upon your body’s healing properties and the type of implant.
- If a sedative medicine has been given, you cannot drive a car for the remainder of the day.
- One week after the surgery your sutures will be removed and checked by Dr. Nigalye.
- Dr. Nigalye will inform you if you are able to wear your current partial denture or flipper. Ideally, no pressure should be placed on the implant or the tissue covering the implant. A special appliance may need to be worn temporarily during the initial healing phase.
- Every consideration must be given to keep the surgical site clean and free of food particles.
The following are instructions for your mouth care after the surgery:
- NO SMOKING! Smoking is to be avoided for the time period specified by Dr. Nigalye. Smoking decreases the blood supply in the surgical site and significantly lowers the body’s ability to heal the site.
- Do not use alcohol-based mouth rinses or peroxide rinses.
- Gentle rinsing of the mouth should be started the day after the surgery. Frequent gentle rinsing with lukewarm salt water will aid the healing process (add one-half teaspoon of salt to a 6 oz. glass of water). Avoid the use of a Waterpik® toothbrush.
- You may brush your teeth using a soft toothbrush. Do not brush the surgical site but you may gently brush the teeth around the surgical site.
- Antibiotics: If an appropriate antibiotic has been prescribed for you, it is very important that the prescription is filled and taken as directed. Please take the tablets/ capsules until all are used. Should you develop hives, itching, skin rash or difficulty breathing, stop the medication and call the doctor immediately.
- Pain: Most implant pain is well managed by an over-the-counter pain medication. If a pain medication has been prescribed to you, please take it according to the directions. It is advised that you not drive while taking a narcotic pain medication. Please be warned that some narcotic pain medications have an addictive or habit forming potential. To limit your risk to this you may alternate the narcotic pain medication with plain, over-the-counter Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Do not however take both the narcotic pain medication and Tylenol together as the narcotic pain medication may already contain the active ingredient in Tylenol which may cause an unsafe overdose of Tylenol.