Post Surgical care Instructions

POST SURGICAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Do not use a drinking straw, spit or use mouthwash (Scope, Listerine, etc.) for 1 week after surgery.  IF Periogard was prescribed, begin using after bleeding subsides with a gentle soaking action or as directed.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids (at least an average of 8oz. per hour) and eat soft foods (i.e. yogurt; scrambled eggs; mashed sweet potatoes; etc.) This is crucial for post-surgery recovery and healing.
  3. No smoking, chewing tobacco or alcoholic beverages for 7 days (smoking may cause “dry sockets”)
  4. Take ALL medications as directed.
  5. Sutures are customarily dissolvable and will not need to be removed unless directed.
  6. Limit all activities accordingly.
  7. Maintain good oral hygiene.  Brush twice daily and gently rinse to remove toothpaste. You may gently dab the surgical site(s) with a toothbrush after 3 or 4 days.
  8. After implant placement, maintain a soft diet for 4 weeks.  Avoid excessive forces on implant site(s) for 3 months.

 

        You Should Expect                                                                 You Should NOT Expect

         Mild bleeding                                                                  Severe Hemorrhaging

       Swelling ( 2-3 days)                                                        Fever associated w/chills

       Muscle stiffness w/limited mouth opening                Severe chills

       Slight temperature                                                         Respiratory difficulties

       Soreness                                                                           Sharp pain and/or throbbing

On behalf of our entire dental team, we are dedicated to providing you with the optimal oral health care throughout your post-surgery healing process.