If you have endosteal implants placed, general postoperative instructions apply, but Dr. Suadi would like to emphasize a few things for you to remember after an implant placement at BR Dental Care. Remember to call our dentists in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, if you have any questions.
- Placement of endosteal implants usually does not create a great deal of pain. Once again, start with Advil first.
- The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed.
- The day after surgery, Peridex should be used twice daily: after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm salt) should be used at least 4-5 times a day as well, especially after meals.
- After the first 24 hours, brush your teeth and the healing abutments with a very soft toothbrush. Do not brush the entire area. Remember to be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas. Most of the time the sutures will dissolve on their own in 8-12 days.
- If a one-stage implant was placed so that you can actually see the metal part protruding from the gum tissue, it is very important for you to keep this area clean. You may start with a Q-tip dipped in Listerine or even warm salt water. Just clean the metal part protruding from the tissue. Then you can proceed to a soft toothbrush.
- Avoid chewing hard foods on the implant sites. Chewing during the healing phase can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.
- Avoid smoking completely because nicotine can decrease the body’s ability to heal around the implant.
- Avoid drinking alcohol beverages the same day as surgery. After surgery, avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
- Follow nutrition issues and postoperative dental hygiene compliance procedures to avoid complications.
Daily alcohol or tobacco consumption, or dependency on drugs, may have a negative influence on predictable long-term implant treatment. Good at-home oral hygiene habits must be performed daily. It is imperative you attend your scheduled follow-up appointments so your dentist can monitor your progress and ensure you are healing properly. Please do not hesitate to call us at 225-753-5885 if you would like more information or if you are experiencing complications. Remember, we are here to help you!