You have finished a very important phase of your implant treatment, and now it is time to begin the healing process. It is important to understand that some discomfort, swelling, and bruising is normal. The medications that have been prescribed to yo u will help keep you comfortable for the next few days. Refrain from eating until the anesthetic has worn off and then stick to soft foods like mashed potatoes or yogurt.
Things to Avoid for the first 24 hours:
- Vigorous physical exercise. In most cases, you may return to work the next day.
- Do not drink through a straw or perform any sucking motions.
- Do not smoke. It is best to refrain for 48 hours.
- Avoid alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages will hinder the healing process.
- Avoid food that is extreme in temperature or is spicy.
- Avoid using any strong mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
- Avoid small foods like rice, as they may irritate the implanted area.
Things to Do:
- You may take a non-aspirin analgesic to relieve any tenderness or discomfort, such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).
- Chew on the opposite side of the treated area until it is comfortable to chew normally.
- Rinse with a warm salt water (1 teaspoon to 8 oz. glass of water) at least 3 times a day.
- Brush your teeth gently in the treated area for the first night.
- Begin flossing lightly.
- If Peridex is prescribed, rinse for at least 60 seconds at least twice a day.
Several days after treatment your gums should begin to appear more pink, less swollen, and will bleed less when you floss. These are signs of healing and the improvement of your periodontal health. If you have any questions or problems, please call our office.