We are pleased to offer guidelines and information on the specific preparation and aftercare we ask of our patients when receiving oral surgery. We encourage you to view our post-operative instructions, as they are designed by Drs. Jason Popper, Marlisa Popper, and Howard Popper to create a smooth operation and safe recovery. If you have questions on the post-surgical directions we have provided, please call Popper Dental. We are dedicated to ensuring you are informed and comfortable with our oral healthcare in Manhattan, New York.
Dental Implant Surgery
- Antibiotics- To ensure the safest outcome and recovery of your dental implants, patients must take the prescribed antibiotics to prevent any infection of the surgical site. Follow the instructions provided to you regarding your medication.
- Bleeding- It is common for patients to experience bleeding during the first 24 hours following surgery, and this can be seen in your saliva. Biting on and maintaining constant pressure on gauze pads will control and lessen blood flow.
- Pain Management- Begin taking pain medications, such as Tylenol®, Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc. before the anesthetic from the surgery will wear off.
- Diet- Soft foods are recommended when initially recovering but patients may return to their normal diet once they feel capable. The most critical factor of your diet is that you stay hydrated.
- Hygiene- Proper recovery requires that the surgical sites must stay clean. Continue to regularly brush your teeth, but be sure to avoid any sutures and do not brush the implants directly. Antibiotic and saltwater rinses will successfully disinfect the implants.
- Swelling- Some swelling is expected after surgery. We recommend that you try to keep your head elevated and rest as much as possible to help minimize swelling.
- Prosthesis or nightguard- For those who have partial or full dentures, flippers, retainers or night guards, you should refrain from wearing these for at least 10 days following the surgery. Any exceptions will be talked about during your pre-operative consultation.
- Smoking- Smoking increases the likelihood of infection after implant surgery and therefore, also increases the risk of the implants integrating improperly. We recommend abstaining from smoking for at least two weeks following surgery.
- Bleeding- We recommend gently biting down on the gauze pad to keep the pressure on the surgical site in intervals of 45-60 minutes (or as needed until bleeding lessens). If it begins to dry out, you may dampen the gauze pad with water and be sure to change as needed.
- Rest- Try to rest as keep your head elevated as much as possible.
- Hygiene- When brushing teeth, be sure to avoid sutures and brush around the surgical site.
- Swelling- Ice packs should be used to control swelling.
- Pain Control– Patients should take all prescribed medications as instructed, be sure to contact the office or go to the nearest emergency room if an allergic reaction occurs.
- Diet- Soft foods that are high in protein are best. Be sure to remain hydrated but do not drink through a straw for the next 5-7 days.
- Smoking- Refrain from smoking for at least 3-4 days to avoid the risk of getting dry socket or infection.