After the Treatment

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Postoperative care for dental implants

If problems arise, contact the dental clinic as soon as possible at
(506) 735-8744.

Care after receiving dental implants:

HEALING

After 24 hours, begin wiping the gums gently to keep the wound clean and speed healing. Dab with a clean washcloth and hydrogen peroxide. The wounds will have been closed with self-dissolving stitches. They normally dissolve after 7 to 14 days.

PROSTHESES

For the first few days, you can wear your dentures a few hours a day for your social needs, but not to eat. Thereafter, you can wear your prosthesis but restrain from chewing hard food.

RINSING

Crushed ice (Popsicles, Mr. Freeze) is recommended to refresh the mouth. The day after surgery, begin to rinse with tepid water. Do not use salt water or commercial mouthwash such as Scope or Cepacol. These solutions can burn your wounds and dissolve your stitches too quickly. Do not use a "Water Pik" or other apparatus.

SWELLING

To minimize swelling, place an ice pack on the cheek for periods of 20 minutes for the 24 hours following your surgery, and then as needed. The swelling will reach its maximum two to three days after surgery. The swelling can last up to five days. Sleep with your head elevated with two or three pillows for two or three nights.

PAIN

Expect pain that can be well controlled with medication. If pain persists between the prescribed doses, take 1 or 2 tablets of acetaminophen (Tylenol or Atasol). If you have gastrointestinal or other side effects, please inform Dr. Aucoin.

REST

No aggressive sport activity or swimming for 4 days. Resume your normal activities as soon as possible. There is usually no problem to doing office work or light work the next day.

DIET

Eat as normally as possible but choose soft food and dairy products for a few days. Avoid hot and spicy food. Several small snacks will be easier to consume than regular meals.

ANTIBIOTICS

A penicillin antibiotic (unless you are allergic) is prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. Take the entire prescription, unless you exhibit side effects.