When you leave, you will have gauze at the surgical site. Bite down gently. You will change the gauze every 30 minutes until the bleeding stops.
When you get home, take the gauze out. Have something to eat and then replace a fresh piece of gauze.
Today’s diet will be cool and liquidy: ice cream, pudding, jello, yogurt, cottage cheese, apple sauce, etc.
Tomorrow’s diet will be warm and soft: mashed potatoes, pasta, pancakes, eggs…And then you may advance as tolerated the following days.
AVOID: acidic foods and juices, carbonated drinks and mouthwash as these may burn and sting.
NO RINSING for 3 days. Nice and gentle.
You will resume using the Natural Dentist Mouth Rrinse that you began pre-op 3 days after surgery. NO RINSING. This is to be done two times a day until the bottle is gone. You may also use warm salt water as well to insure the surgical area remains clean. Salt water soaks will promote healing.
You may brush your teeth as normal avoiding the surgical area. NO SPITTING. Refrain from using an electric toothbrush or a water pick.
AVOID: Rinsing, spitting, gargling, sucking through a straw and smoking. NO SMOKING for 72 hours.
CONTINUE ANTIBIOTIC UNTIL COMPLETELY GONE.
If not contraindicated, you will take one Motrin 600 mg tablet every 6 hours for the first 48 hours NO MATTER WHAT! This is mainly to help get ahead of swelling but it will also help keep you comfortable.
You may also be given a script for stronger pain medicine if you should need it. Pain is personal and different for everyone.
Apply ice on the outside of your face (on the side Implant was placed) – 30 minutes on/30 minutes off – for the first 2 days including the day of surgery and the next day.
On the 3rd day post-op, discontinue ice and start warm, moist heat to outside of face. This will help to return circulation to the area and will help decrease the swelling. 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
Stitches will dissolve on their own in 5-7 days after surgery.