You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild to moderate pain, ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) may be taken. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200mg tablets: 3 tablets may be taken every 6 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed pain medication should be taken as directed with food. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to do so.
Drink plenty of fluids immediately following surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible following surgery, with the exception of hard foods. The healing of your implants is contingent upon them not moving. Chewing anything hard such as ice, hard candy, or other very hard foods can cause an implant to fail or your temporary denture to break. Remember, if you can hear it crunching when you chew, it’s too hard! In rare instances, the acrylic temporary denture will break. If this happens, call our office immediately.
Be sure to take your prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to healing. Beginning the day after surgery, the prescription mouth rinse (Peridex™) should be used 2 times per day until completed. A few weeks after surgery, when your initial healing is completed, you will begin to use aWaterpik to clean under the denture twice daily and as needed. These can be purchased over the counter at any major retailer. Do not use a Waterpik until instructed by Dr. Warren to do so. Initially, the gum tissue will be swollen and touching the denture. As you heal and the tissue swelling recedes, you will notice a space between the denture and your gums. This is normal and will be corrected on your final denture.
You will see your dentist the day after surgery for any adjustments to your new denture that may be needed. Dr. Warren will see you in 1–2 weeks to check your healing. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at the office at any time!