Dental implant surgery is very straightforward. In order to keep you comfortable and to make sure it is successful, please follow our pre-operative instructions. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are here to help you.
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The following dental implants procedures are performed in our Upper East Side Dental Implants Center:
- The day before your implant surgery, please begin taking any antibiotics and/or mouth rinse we have prescribed.
- Make sure you have filled in any prescriptions for additional pain relief before your surgery.
- Stock up on foods that are soft and easy to eat after implant surgery. Foods that are soft and reasonably nutritious include scrambled eggs, fish, soups, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and well cooked vegetables. Yoghurt can also be a good choice.
- The night before your implant surgery, make sure you have a nutritious and filling meal. Try to relax and get a good night’s sleep as we will take very good care of you.
- On the day of your surgery, eat a light breakfast or lunch. If you are having IV sedation, please do not eat for six hours before your surgery.
- If you are having sedation dentistry, you will need someone with you to take you home after surgery as you cannot drive for approximately 24 hours after surgery is completed. Even if you are only having a local anesthetic, it can be nice to bring a friend or relative with you to your appointment so they can drive you home afterwards.
Please follow our post-operative instructions after your implant surgery is completed. They will help you feel more comfortable and will aid healing. If you have any questions or are unsure of anything, please contact us as we will be happy to help you. Please wait until the anesthetic has completely worn off before you attempt to eat. Otherwise you run the risk of biting your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. You will need to relax and take it easy for the rest of the day. This is generalized advice on how to care for your mouth after surgery and we can provide you with more individualized instructions if required when you are at our dental office.
Dealing with Any Discomfort
- Please make sure you take all prescribed medications as directed and that you complete any antibiotic treatment.
- It can be useful to begin pain relief medication before the anesthetic has worn off, although it is not uncommon to experience little or no pain, particularly if you have only had a single dental implant.
- If you are using over-the-counter pain relief to control any discomfort, then please use as directed on the packet. Ibuprofen, Advil and Tylenol are all very effective but it is important that you do not exceed the dosage during any 24 hour period.
- An ice pack can be used during the first 36 hours after treatment and will help relieve any discomfort. Use the ice-pack for twenty minutes each time, allowing at least twenty minutes in between each application. After 36 hours moist heat packs can be useful in reducing any swelling. It is perfectly normal to have some minor swelling and possibly some mild bruising after implant surgery.
Taking Care of the Implant Site
It is important to keep the implant site clean and you can lightly brush the teeth nearest to the surgical site as it begins to heal. During the first day after surgery, use a warm salt water rinse to gently clean your mouth and you can do this up to 6 times in the first day. After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouth rinse to help avoid infections. We may prescribe a mouth rinse for you to use. Otherwise Peridex, Chlorhexidine and Periogard are all good choices for short term use. Avoid vigorously rinsing the site and do not swoosh your mouth rinse. Please try to avoid fiddling with the implant site and avoid pulling on any stitches as these will gradually dissolve on their own.
What to Eat and Drink after Surgery
Try to avoid chewing food near the implant site and it can be more comfortable to stick to foods that are soft and easy to eat for the first day or two. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink any alcohol for the first week or so after implant surgery and do not smoke. We would prefer it if you quit completely as smoking does affect healing and does increase the risk of implant failure. If you cannot quit smoking you should avoid it for at least the first few weeks to give your dental implant a better chance of healing.
If you have any questions about pre-operative instructions or would like to make an appointment or consultation please call our NYC dental implants center:
NYC Dental Implants Center
225 East 64th Street Ste 1B
New York, New York 10065
(64th St. btw 2nd/3rd Ave.)