Post Operative instructions

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS (With Dietary  Restrictions) IMPLANTS
The following instructions have been designed to promote ideal healing and the greatest comfort possible.  Please follow them carefully.

DAYS 1-3:

1. If someone brings you to your appointment, please make sure they wait in the office for you until your procedure is done.  If you are taking sedatives you will need to arrange for a ride and your ride will need to stay with you until the procedure is done.

2. Get cold packs ready ahead of time.  Fill zip lock bags with party ice or frozen peas contour well to the face.  To minimize swelling, hold an ice pack on the outside of the face alternating 20 minutes on and
20 minutes off.  If you are traveling a distance greater than 30 minutes, please try to have someone drive you home.  You should also have a cooler, ice and ziplock bags for your face for the journey home.

3. Do not rinse, spit forcefully, or drink through a straw.  These actions  promote  increased  blood flow and could cause problems. Light oozing of the area  is normal  and  biting on gauze will help, so not to worry.

4. Eat and drink only soft, cool foods and  beverages, i.e. cottage cheese, ice cream, yogurt, jello, pudding, milk shakes etc.  No hot or alcoholic beverages,  hot or spicy foods and try to cut smoking to a maximum  of 3 cigarettes per day.  For example no warm soup, hot coffee, hot tea, Mexican food, Tabasco sauce etc.

5.  Do not wear your  partial or denture until you have it adjusted and relined  by your General  Dentist, so that it does not touch the implant placed and cause it to be rejected by your body.

6.  If the Implant site begins to swell, reapply the ice packs as instructed above.

Days 4-7:

1.  Diet can be modified to include warmer foods, but still no hot, spicy or crunchy  foods. You will not be able to brush  or floss the area  for the first 7 days after surgery, but you may want  to lightly wipe the area  using a cotton bud.  It is very important that you continue to take your antibiotic until they are completely  gone to avoid any irritation from not  being able to brush.

DISCOMFORT: Take prescribed medication as directed, but only if needed.  Do not drink any alcoholic  beverages while taking  medication.

BLEEDING: Some light bleeding will stain your saliva.  Do not be alarmed.  If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs, discontinue any rinsing, avoid any exertion and try the following: Gently wipe away any surface blood clots with a piece of gauze.  Use a cool moistened tea bag in the immediate area of

the surgical site for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.  If needed, use a fresh tea bag or piece of gauze.  Apply ice packs to the outside of ,.-our face.

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