Dental Implants After Care
A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected after surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing or redness in the saliva is not uncommon for 24 hours or more. Control excess bleeding by rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth and then biting firmly on gauze for 30 minutes; repeating as necessary. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in tea helps form a clot by contracting the blood vessels in the area. To minimize further bleeding, remain calm and call the office for further instructions.
The amount of swelling experienced is generally proportional to the surgery involved. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon and is the body’s normal reaction to surgery, inflammation and eventual repair. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until two to three days postoperatively. It may be minimized by the use of ice packs applied to the sides of the face where surgery was done. The ice packs should be left on for 20 minutes and then off for 20 minutes for the first 12-24 hours after surgery. After 36 hours, the ice is of no benefit. If swelling or jaw stiffness persists for several days there is no cause for alarm as this is a normal reaction to surgery. 36 hours after surgery, the application of moist heat to the affected area is beneficial in reducing the amount of swelling.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid extremely hot liquids or food for the first 24 hours. Soft foods (things you can smash with a fork) should be eaten on the day of surgery. You may return to a normal diet as soon as your are comfortable unless directed otherwise.
Take the medication prescribed as directed (typically narcotic medication). This medication will make you groggy and slow down your reflexes. Do not operate a motorized vehicle or machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages.