Dental Education Lecture: Instructions after Placement of Dental Implants
Restored with a Transitional Crown
If your implant was restored with a plastic transitional crown
(immediately stabilized or functioning technique).
It is essential that the plastic splint not move. If movement of the
splint is noted contact us since it is of paramount importance that the splint
be immobilized as soon as is practical. It is analogous to having a cast on
a broken arm.
It is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood. In order to
stop active bleeding place a moist piece of gauze or a cold wet squeezed tea bag
and apply pressure by biting on it for 30 minutes. If necessary, repeat this
application of pressure. Keep your
fingers and tongue away from surgical site.
Do not actively rinse your mouth until the following day after surgery.
On the morning following surgery, rinse mouth thoroughly with a mouth rinse such
as Peridex or Listerine. Repeat this twice a day for 5 days.
In some cases, puffiness and swelling may result and should not be a
cause for alarm. Swelling may be kept to a minimum by holding a cold pack on the
outside of your face, adjacent to the surgical area for the first 8 hours after
your visit. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes
It is normal for some patients to become black and blue.
wearing dentures for as long as it is practical. It is essential that the
dentures do not apply adverse pressure on implants. Insertion of dentures too
soon may jeopardize a successful healing process especially if they are used for
To prevent any inadvertent food particles from contaminating or injuring
your surgical site, you should only have liquid and mashed foods around the
surgical site during the first 2 weeks. Some examples are fruit juices, ice
cream, soups, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, custards, mashed potatoes,
peas, corn, and any food mashed in blender. Smoking should be avoided as much as
possible especially for the first 2 weeks.
Keep your head elevated with 2 pillows while sleeping on the night of
Following dental surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort.
If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed. Please note the
MEDICATIONS MAY PRODUCE ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND/OR SIDE EFFECTS.
MAY IMPEDE DRIVING, USING MACHINERY AND MENTAL ALERTNESS.
MAY NEGATE BIRTH CONTROL MEDICATIONS. USE ALTERNATIVE METHODS.
If you have any doubts or concerns, please call us at (770)
Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 02/14/2009, last revision 09/28/2012