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Postoperative Instructions for Implants

The second stage of implants cannot be implemented until the gum, jawbone and operative site is healed.  So, following guidelines to hasten the healing process will be a way to hasten the completion of the implant procedure.

Mouth rinses devoid of alcoholic content should be used from the first day of surgery and used often, especially after each meal.  Using a toothbrush as usual helps to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Smoking impedes the healing process.  While many dentists may advise postponing smoking for at least 2-3 days after surgery, eliminating it from social habits would be much more beneficial.  Consider entering a smoking cessation program or plan prior to implant surgery so that tobacco dependence is not an issue.

Your diet is limited to liquids for the first 48 hours after implant surgery is started so that food debris is not lodged microscopically in the operative site and doesn’t contaminate the area.  A normal diet can be reinstituted depending upon your healing and any inflammation that may be present.

Daily vitamins, supplements and rest will encourage the healing process along aver surgery.

Mild bleeding or oozing after surgery is not unusual and gauze, which was inserted over the operative site, might need to be changed several times in the first 4 hours.  However, if active bleeding seems to be occurring, talking it over with the dental surgeon would be prudent.

Pain is a very subjective sensation.  For some, pain is not felt unless major surgery is performed; for others a small paper cut is agony. Therefore, the intensity of pain is not a reflection of the success of implant surgery or an ominous sign of complications developing. (although it can be!)

If pain is occurring, there are nonprescription analgesics that can eliminate or greatly diminish discomfort.  However, if the pain is unbearable despite the analgesics, the reconstructive dentist who performed the surgery should be informed.  An examination to rule out any developing problems might be necessary at this point.  If everything is deemed normal in terms of healing, a stronger analgesic can then be prescribed.

Cold or Ice pack application for the first 2 days after surgery can decrease any swelling or hematoma (blood collections) formation. Using the pack as prevention prior to edema (swelling) may keep this from occurring.

If general anesthesia was administered for the procedure, the elimination of it from your body may take 24-36 hours.  Therefore, no driving or usage of heavy machinery is prudent.  If the procedure was done with injections of needles, soreness may be present at the site of the injections.

Understanding and following these guidelines will decrease anxiety and help you on the road to recovery.

Postoperative Instructions for Dentures

This list has been prepared so that you know what to expect as a natural side effect versus a symptom that would need immediate attention.

There are also helpful guidelines to prevent damage to your restoration.  Although modern technology makes the appliance durable as well as functional, every denture is vulnerable to pressures exerted upon them with wear and tear.  They are not indestructible but with proper care, you can extend the life of the appliance.

Fresh Postoperative Period (1st 6 Hours)

Slight bleeding after placement of dentures may occur and can last intermittently and lightly for up to 2-3 days.  An ice compress applied to the affected area will stop the flow.  Maintain the application for 10-20 minute intervals.

Adjustment Period

Regardless of whether the dentures are complete or partial, a period of adjustment is always needed.  This may take several weeks to a month for new wearers to adapt to the appliance. Instruction may be needed to alter speech with positioning of tongue against dentures, palate and lips.

Rinse your mouth out with war water each evening and after meals.


Drink plenty of fluids (at least 8 glasses of water) the first 2 days.

Avoid crunchy foods the first few days including:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Sticky rice
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Jicama

Chew soft food in small pieces.  If the occlusion (bite) seems uneven, it can be addressed at the next dental visit.

The taste of food may be altered the first week as well.

Irritation and Infection

Isolated areas of discomfort or sores may arise.  If this should occur, wear the denture with the sore prior to the dental visit so that the area can be easily detected and visualized, facilitating its care.

Put the dentures to rest in a moist container (or glass of water) instead of leaving it in the mouth.  The oral tissues, gums and jawbone need rest intervals to inhibit the formation of inflammation, infection, irritation and bone shrinkage as well as ulcers.

Proper Care

It is crucial to clean the dentures daily to deter formation of stains, discoloration and bacteria from adhering to the appliance surface.

Take note of any wear of the appliance with chips or loss of shape to the attachments.  Over time, the supporting gum and bone may recede or change size or shape necessitating a visit for reevaluation by the dental specialist.

If cracks or hairline fractures appear in your dentures, do not attempt to repair them yourself.  Instead, consult with the dentist who designed them.

Following the guidelines, you may enjoy your new set of teeth for years to come.