Post-op Care - Implant Surgery
Immediate Postoperative Care
Care should be taken in the immediate postoperative period to
minimize contact with the implant. You may want to limit foods to
softer items and chew in an area away from the implant. It is best
to leave the implant alone for 5 days, then begin gently brushing
the shiny metal healing cap with a soft toothbrush.
Bleeding in most cases is minimal with implant surgery. Suture
material may last 4-6 weeks and should be left alone. You will be
asked to return to the office for a 2-week follow-up appointment.
Any sutures remaining at that time may be removed at the surgeon's
discretion. Do not pull on or cut the sutures yourself.
You may be placed on a postoperative course of antibiotic
medication. It is important that you complete the entire course of
medication as prescribed. You may also be prescribed an
antibacterial mouth rinse which should be used twice daily in the
first two weeks following implant surgery.
Postoperative discomfort will be managed with an
over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (Motrin or
Advil), and with a prescription narcotic pain medication to be
taken as needed in the first days following surgery. As with any
narcotic pain medication, do not drive a car, operate machinery or
consume alcohol while using the drug.
Your surgeon will notify you and your dentist when your implant
is ready for restoration; typically 8 to 10 weeks following