Instructions for the placement of a dental implant
- Refrain from taking aspirin 10 days before surgery.
- Start taking antibiotics the day before surgery.
- There is no need to fast the day of surgery. Wear comfortable clothing.
The day of surgery and the next 24 hours:
- Avoid eating and drinking during the first two hours after surgery.
- Refrain from smoking as long as possible.
- Avoid touching the surgical site with your fingers or tongue.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped with a damp cloth for 20 minutes every hour. Stop the application of ice after 24 hours.
- Do not rinse your mouth and do not brush your teeth.
- Rest, avoid physical activity and over-exertion.
- If bleeding occurs, bite gently on a moist cotton roll or a wet tea bag. Maintain a light, steady pressure for about 30 minutes.
- Eat soft foods, foods that you can cut with a fork. Avoid hot liquids because they promote bleeding.
- Take your medications as prescribed.
In the following days:
- Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the surgical site. A clean mouth heals more quickly.
- Rinse your mouth with the prescribed mouthwash or a mixture of ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of water.
- Some swelling may occur and reach its peak 48 to 72 hours after surgery. Discolouration of the skin may also occur. This is common and everything should return to normal in the next two weeks.
- The stitches will fall out in one or two weeks.
- Eat soft foods for several days, such as foods that can be cut with a fork.
- Do not wear your dentures to eat.
- Our goal is that you be as comfortable as possible after your surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 514-287-1900.