FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY:
- Do not spit. Use a tissue to wipe your mouth as needed, or swallow your saliva.
- Do not use a drinking straw.
- Do not smoke or use oral tobacco. It is absolutely the worst thing you can do after surgery.
- Do not over exercise. The heart rate will increase and thus bleeding will increase.
- Keep fingers and tongue away from surgical area.
Spitting, the use of a straw, smoking, and poking can dislodge the blood clot that is forming, and will cause bleeding from the area. Also, smoking can increase the chances of infection and failure of your implant surgery.
Some minor bleeding is expected after implant surgery. It will usually subside quickly, and stop within an hour or two after surgery. A little oozing is normal and may persist for several hours. Upper implants may occasionally trigger some bleeding from the nose; this is normal and will stop quickly.
- Keep gauze on the surgical area with some pressure for one hour.
- Remove the gauze after one hour, and replace it with a new piece of moist gauze if you are still bleeding. It is important to make sure the gauze is directly on the surgical site. Firm pressure for another hour should stop the bleeding.
- If you find that this is not working after your third attempt, use a moistened tea bag instead of gauze. The tannic acid in tea will help to form a blood clot, and stop the bleeding.
- In the rare event that the tea bag doesn’t not work and bleeding persists please call Dr Sims (773)-517-7073.
Most patients will experience some swelling after surgery in the mouth. It may be mild or sever, and is different for every patient. The swelling will get bigger for the first 24 to 48 hours before it starts to go away. It may last for several days to one week. Some bruising may also develop on the face.
- Use an ice pack (frozen peas work really well) on the cheek or face next to the surgical site. Keep it on for 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes and repeat until you go to sleep. Start again the next day.
- Sleep with your head elevated slightly, above the heart. This will keep swelling down.
- On the third day, change to moist heat instead of icepacks. This will bring swelling down quicker.
You may eat soft foods as soon as anesthetic wears off. Try not to chew directly on the surgical site. You may resume a regular diet as soon as you feel up to it. Please stay well nourished, and well hydrated, you will heal faster.
You may brush your teeth, avoid the surgical area, either tonight or tomorrow morning. Be gentle and do not spit or rinse forcefully. Start brushing the surgical area on the second day, and be very gentle on the stitches.
You may gently rinse today with salt water every few hours. Use a tablespoon of salt to cup of warm water. Do not use alcohol-containing mouth rinses for a few days.
You were probably given one or more prescriptions for medications. Take all medications with a full glass of water and as directed on the bottle.
- Antibiotics: Continue until the bottle is empty. Do not quit halfway.
- Pain medicine: Continue as necessary. Remember that narcotics can make you drowsy, so no driving, operating machinery, or alcoholic beverages while taking them.